Molly Fortune

Executive Director, Newberry Opera House

Vice President, LHAT

FASTTRAC 2018

Downtown Newberry


My vision for Newberry is one that is vibrant, people filled all times of the day, artists, food, live, work, play scenarios.  This includes the surrounding neighborhoods as well.  I envision a town that is walkable in all aspects of daily life and encourages this.  I would very much like to see the 4 miles from the interstate to historic downtown be one that leads people to cross over Wilson Road and venture and stay downtown.

The advice I would give my 20-year old self is that success is a journey, not a destination.  I live by this every day.  Somedays it’s a quiet unspoken moment that I will try again tomorrow and some days it’s a celebration of accomplishments.  And to always remember you are learning, and if you are the smartest person in the room, you need to pick a new room.

You would be surprised to know that I used to work for the Department of Defense when I started my career.  

I admire my parents.  My mom for going to Law School when I was 6 and my brother was 2.  And for my dad who supported this whole-heartedly and raised us during those three years she was working towards her goal.