Meg McElwain founded Magnolia Marketing in Charlotte in 2003 as a full service creative communication firm. Magnolia Marketing creates customized strategic solutions to achieve marketing, public relations and communication goals.

Magnolia Marketing’s clients include Central Piedmont Community College, Foundation For The Carolinas, Electrolux North America, The Arts and Science Council and numerous other corporate, non-profit and government organizations.

Meg believes that an increased commitment to volunteering and civic responsibility will build a stronger society, therefore enabling businesses to "do well by doing good.”

In 2013, Meg accepted Charlotte magazine’s Charlottean of the Year Award on behalf of the Mitchell Bays Turner Pediatric Fund. Mitchell’s Fund supports the social needs of children and families facing the crisis of a life threatening pediatric illness. The heart of Mitchell’s Fund is pediatric cancer, but the fund also supports mental health illness, Sickle Cell anemia, extreme prematurity and chronic disease.

100% of all contributions are used to fund expenses like mortgage payments, utility bills, counseling services and travel for families seeking medical care. Mitchell’s Fund gives support that allows parents to relieve financial stress and focus on caring for their sick child.

Meg established Mitchell’s Fund in 2012, shortly after their 3 month-old-son, Mitchell, was diagnosed with a rare pediatric leukemia. “Mitchie” died in April 2014 of liver and kidney failure; just days after his 2nd birthday. The fund now serves as a way to help others and honor his legacy.

In 2011, Meg was selected by The Mecklenburg Times as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte for her professional accomplishments and ethics in business at Magnolia Marketing. In 2017, she became a two-time winner of this award when she was named to this prestigious list again, for her work as Founder and Chairman of Mitchell’s Fund.

Other notable distinctions include being named in 2010 as one of the 25 “Women in Business Achievement” winners by The Charlotte Business Journal and in 2005 as one of 10 Outstanding Young Charlotteans by the Charlotte Jaycees.

She is a graduate of The University of Mississippi, past president of the Ole Miss Charlotte Alumni Club, graduate of Leadership Charlotte, member of The Rotary Club of Charlotte and an active member of Myers Park United Methodist Church.

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