“Oh, what a night”
The refrain from this Dells classic swam around in my head as I exited midtown Atlanta’s Twelve Hotel on an unseasonably warm October night. What had I just experienced? Well, for starters, I had just come face to face with some of Atlanta’s most prominent women.
Twenty-five of them to be exact.
They had all gathered together to be honored at rolling out’s annual Top 25 Women of Atlanta celebration. But after an evening of pomp and circumstance, mixed with the sultry sounds of a bad-ass jazz band and specialty drinks courtesy of Grey Goose, it felt like so much more.
These weren’t just prominent women of Atlanta. Instead, they were shining examples of all that’s right within the community … both Atlanta and beyond.
Oh, what a night indeed.
The 2013 Top 25 Women of Atlanta Honorees are as follows:
Amy Wright – Uniworld Group, Group Account Director
Angie Stone – R&B Singer, Songwriter
Charis Simms – Aio Wireless, Director of Devices and Accessories
Charlene Dance – Strength of Nature Global, LLC, Global Marketing Director
Cie Cie McGhee – The City of Riverdale, Director of Cultural Affairs
Cynthia Bailey –The Bailey Agency, Entrepreneur & Model
Danielle R. Morris – Fifth Third Bank, Assistant Vice President
Dr. Bernice King – The King Center, CEO
Janice Robinson – United Way of Greater Atlanta, Director, United Way VIP
Jini Thornton – Envision Business Management Group, CEO
Johnita P. Due – TBS, Inc, Assistant General Counsel
Keisha Lance Bottoms – City of Atlanta, District 11, Council Member
Lisa Rayam – Fox 5 Atlanta, Anchor
Murray J. Williams, Ed.D. – Atlanta Technical College, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Pamela D. Cross – Wells Fargo, VP, Sr Community Development
Phyllis Stephens – Phyllis Stephens Art, Artist/Owner
Quinnie Jenkins-Rice – Southwest Airlines Company, Manager, Community Affairs & Grassroots
Sandra L. Ward, J.D. – Fulton County Wolf Creek Amphitheater, Entertainment Manager
Saptosa Foster – 135th Street Agency, Managing Partner
Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly – The Caribbean & American Global Business Network, Founder
Stacey Abrams – Georgia State House District 89; House Minority Leader
Tiffani Howard – Stimulate America, Founder & President
Tomeka Robinson – Salon a La Saison, Owner
Tracye R. Striggles – Chick-fil-a Foundation, Associate Director of Non-profit Development
Valerie Taylor-Perry – Taylormade Marketing, President & CEO
Special thanks to: Grey Goose, Black Opal, Mizani and Shea Moisture