Inspiring. Creative. Compassionate. Ambitious.

The Women Making a Mark program celebrates the contributions and successes of women in metro Atlanta who have made a significant impact in our community. These honorees are committed to their profession, their community, and to helping Atlanta and its citizens. They exhibit tireless dedication, strong leadership, and impassioned goodwill. Past honorees make up a diverse group of business executives and owners, entrepreneurs, Supreme Court judges, doctors, lawyers, philanthropists, mayors, senatorial candidates, nonprofit leaders, and community volunteers.

2023 highlights video


Amy Cheng

She is mentoring the next generation of lawyers and advocating for inclusivity in law.

Rising Star: Palyce Berrian

This ambitious teen deftly juggles her theater dreams with her philanthropic endeavors.

J’Aimeka “Jai” Ferrell

She’s built a powerhouse career but credits the inspiring women in her life above all else.

Lovette Russell

She doesn’t let her diagnosis stop her from living life to the fullest and giving back.

Aarti Sahgal

Her mission is to enable entrepreneurs with disabilities to build sustainable businesses.

Jessica Lamb

She helps survivors repurpose tattoos and scars as a path forward from trauma.

Charmaine Ward-Millner

She works tirelessly to make a difference in Atlanta every single day, both personally and professionally.

Rashida Winfrey

She is bridging the financial gap for underserved communities in Atlanta.

Dr. Betsy Grunch

She uses her online platform to educate and inspire future physicians.

Shannon Longino

She is a lifetime advocate for families in underserved communities.

Kate Conner

She connects people with local food sources to help build healthier communities.

Penny Collins

She is empowering more single mothers to enter the STEAM workforce.

Dr. Paula Greaves

This doctor strives to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rates.

meet our past honorees

Women Making a Mark: Mini’imah Shaheed

In 2012, Mini’imah Shaheed had the unique opportunity to design a school for which she would serve as founding principal.

Women Making a Mark: Lauren Spanjer Bricks

On April 1, 2020, Lauren Spanjer Bricks’s world changed in an instant. That day, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration granted an Emergency Use Authorization for a COVID-19 PCR test developed by Ipsum Diagnostics, a Sandy Springs–based company that Bricks co-founded in 2016.

Women Making a Mark: Angelica Hairston

From Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” to Beyoncé’s “Black Parade,” music has long served as an outlet for those advocating for social justice.

about women making a mark

We are pleased to continue a program we began many years ago, Women Making a Mark, to spotlight exceptional women each year who have left—and continue to leave—their mark on so many. These honorees are committed to their professions and their community. They exhibit tireless dedication, strong leadership, and impassioned goodwill. The objective of Women Making a Mark is to celebrate the contributions and successes of metro-Atlanta women and to recognize the impact they are having on those around them. Click here to view a list of every Women Making a Mark honoree, past and present.

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