Charlotte Launch Party

We know it takes a village and we thank you!

First and foremost, thank you to everyone who attended our launch party in Charlotte, NC. The love and support permeated WeWork and we could not be more grateful for the community that surrounded us Thursday evening.

Big shout outs to WeWork @TheRailYard for hosting the space, The Common Market for catering the most delicious apps, and Free Range Brewing for making sure everyone had a beer in their hand. We would also like to thank Home Grown Real Estate, Aspire Community Capital, and Bishop, Dulaney, Joyner & Abner for sponsoring the event.

As we begin this chapter, the Kepler & Wilde team will not forget where it started and the foundation our community constructed over the last decade. We would not be here without you. This will not be the last party we host but to all that attended on that warm Fall-ish evening, know, nothing will ever take the place of that time we got together and launched our company.

Our immense gratitude could take a few hundred or more words, so we will leave it at this…

Here’s to a very wilde ride, we’re glad you’re on board.

Your eternally grateful founders,

Christy & Tara

Press Release: Female Founders Launch Kepler & Wilde to Transform the Way You Approach Marketing

Female Founders Launch Kepler & Wilde to Transform the Way You Approach Marketing

Charlotte NC's newest agency brings 25 years of combined startup and corporate experience to companies ready to explore the edge of sales, marketing, and brand strategy.

Charlotte, NC (September 23, 2019) – Today, North Carolina adds another company to its women-owned venture list. Co-Founders and marketing strategists Christy Harner and Tara Fusco have partnered to launch Kepler & Wilde Charlotte’s newest marketing agency with over 25 years of combined marketing strategy and brand development experience.

Why is Kepler & Wilde different? Christy Harner, Co-Founder and CEO explains, “Kepler & Wilde is dedicated to exploring the edge of marketing. The age of the ill-informed customer is over. Brands need to establish an emotional connection while creating compelling stories and unforgettable experiences.” Harner adds, “Over the past 15 years, Tara and I have been in the startup and corporate trenches. We’ve sold companies, served global enterprises, and successfully lead campaigns that have made headlines and experienced triple-digit growth. We know success follows alignment and deliberate data-driven strategy and we are here to bring organizations closer to their customers."

Harner is a well-known marketing strategist in the Charlotte area, an NC IDEA Fellow, and the Director of Entrepreneurial Experience for Innovate Charlotte. Over the past 15 years, she has helped raise millions of dollars in capital, developed products, sold companies, built marketing strategies for over 100 Charlotte-based companies, and had startups featured in TechCrunch and Shark Tank. Harner is also completing her MBA at Queens University of Charlotte as well as serving on the board of Aspire Community Capital.

As Harner takes on the role of Chief Executive Officer, Tara Fusco will serve as the company’s Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer.

“According to a recent study only 1 in 4 companies have women in the C-suite, and only 6% hold CEO titles. This is abysmal,” says Tara Fusco, Co-Founder and CMO. “Kepler & Wilde will transform the agency model and how organizations approach marketing. From helping companies grow and owning lean and agile methodologies to supporting the local economy, we want to create an agency that is emblematic of transforming the status quo and improving the human experience.”

With over 10 years of corporate brand, marketing, and communications strategy and implementation experience, Tara has led growth-driven marketing teams for consulting firms, software companies, and, more recently, a multi-billion-dollar manufacturer in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. From her in-depth knowledge of the technology sector and digital transformation to her diverse industry experience, Tara’s campaigns have empowered companies to achieve exponential growth and headlines in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal as well as multiple awards including coveted CES recognition. Tara received her degree in Communications from Appalachian State University, is a guest lecturer on the topic of Big Data and New Media and was a fellow for NextGen Climate during the 2016 Presidential election.

Based out of WeWork in Charlotte and Durham, NC, Kepler & Wilde aims to be the model of a lean organization focused on empowering customers and community.

Kepler & Wilde is hosting a launch party this week at the new Charlotte WeWork @TheRailYard in SouthEnd. To inquire about tickets, contact To learn more about the company, check out