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The Erudites Story

Find out the unique story behind the the founding of this great networking group, and how this fast growing group has started a networking trend.

Liz Capants, Founder

Professional headshot of Liz CapantsLiz Capants, Founder of Erudites Networking Group, spearheaded the group with the goal of curating a global community of affiliate referral partnerships to drive business growth, while also serving the community. The goal of Erudites is to bring like-minded professionals together in an environment that encourages and facilitates referrals, exchange of knowledge and ideas, and ways to give back.

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Leadership Team

Professional headshot of Gary IrelandGary Ireland, Law Offices of Gary Ireland
• Helping clients maximize income and benefits when joining a company, enhancing severance and asserting legal rights when leaving.
• Gary is active as an advocate for inclusion and non-discrimination. He recently prevailed in an advocacy campaign to allow girls and young women to participate at all levels of scouting within the Boy Scouts of America.


Professional headshot of Lena StootsLena Stoots, Executive Coach.
• Lena has a background in business and supply chain. She has worked in procurement and product management within manufacturing and most recently became a business owner in 2020.
• She works with job searchers teaching them ways to navigate the employment search, to learn LinkedIn, and to stay encouraged throughout the process.
• She also works with small businesses helping them analyze and improve their business and marketing needs by providing social media consulting, digital marketing, and leadership training.


Professional headshot of Simone VinocourSimone Vinocour, Financial Advisor
• Highly regarded for her product and markets knowledge and demonstrated ability to build long-term relationships with clients, Simone Vinocour is a Financial Advisor and Financial Planning Specialist with Morgan Stanley..
• Simone is a recognized leader in diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is passionate about empowering women in the financial services community and beyond to have the necessary skills for financial and professional success. • Simone has been involved actively in the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) of New York since 2002 and served as its President and Chair of the Board of Directors from 2019 – 2021.


Professional headshot of David CunicDavid Cunic, CEO, U.C.S. Advisors and Investor Relations
• Providing advisory services with three verticals: cannabis business advisory, investor relations services, and Cannabis Industry Awareness Program.


Professional headshot of Kathleen McMorrowKathleen McMorrow, Principal, Public Relations
• Lead comprehensive national B2B and B2C enterprise communications firm specializing in cohensive impression management across all media (website content, publicity, social media, thought leadership, branded events)
• Significant expertise in global law firms, commercial real estate and allied services, authors/speakers, hospitality, consumer products, cybertechnology, biotech/pharma, animal wellness/equestrian and faith-based organizations
• More than two decades of expert corporate and consumer storytelling with editorial placements in elite national and international media

Professional headshot of Pierce BaughPierce Baugh, Founder, Owner
• Pierce brings over 3 decades of experience designing systems and leading software teams, building enterprise systems for national organizations as well as commercial systems.
• Experience helping non-profit orgs working in the K-12 education space focused on childhood nutrition & food insecurity.
• Pierce launched Strategic Business Systems in February 2021 putting his decades of experience in cloud computing and low-code development to work for smaller businesses and organizations.
• He creates unique cloud hosted platforms that help his clients organize their data, automate repetitive tasks, stay connected with their stakeholders and analyze utilization.

Professional headshot of Heather BarrieHeather Barrie, Founder, Owner
• Heather Barrie is the owner and Inspirational Facilitator behind Effective Entrepreneurs, Three Cornered Hat Training and Harrie’s Coffee.
• Heather shines as an outgoing and inclusive community host, ideator, trainer, MC, moderator and award-winning coffee entrepreneur and politician from the UK. She is also passionate about hats!
• Heather has built her businesses through her growing her network and connecting and inspiring others. She bases everything that she does on her ethics, her passion and working to her strengths. She wants her business to make a difference and believes that the creativity, connection, and collaboration that happens over great conversation (and coffee) is central to every successful business!