Andréa Carter believes that a person should be able to bring her “whole self” to her job. And she walks the talk. In her role as executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Global Payments, she says, “I am 100 percent authentically Andréa.”
Better than anyone, Jill Binkley understands breast cancer. As founder of TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, an organization that treats people regardless of their ability to pay, she’s helped some 5,000 patients move through the various stages of treatment and recovery. She’s also lived that journey herself—twice.
When Allegra Lawrence-Hardy enrolled in law school at Yale, she boarded the plane from Atlanta to New Haven with one thing in mind: “Too many people had sacrificed for me to have this opportunity for me to do anything but show up and do my best,” the 48-year-old says.
Michelle Maziar is careful about how she describes her work. She’s not helping people. She’s not giving back. And she definitely would not say that she is a voice for the voiceless. “People have voices. We just put tape over their mouths,” she says.
As president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Sharon Mason’s job is to help build consensus on tough issues surrounding economic development. But where many see a stumbling block—a politically fractious county, region, and state—Mason, 39, sees an advantage.
Linda Matzigkeit, chief administrative officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, wakes up every day at 4:30 a.m. to swim, bike, or run. The accomplished triathlete (she’s completed about 50, including an Ironman) considers it a non-negotiable appointment with herself.