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Nominate an Atlanta woman who is making a difference in her profession and community for the annual Women Making a Mark program. Our selected honorees will be featured in a future issue of Atlanta magazine and honored at a special luncheon.

Click here to make a nomination. Nominations will close at the end of the day on January 29, 2021.


Women Making a Mark: Kathy Colbenson

Lessons learned early in life are often the ones that stick. That’s certainly true for Kathy Colbenson, president and CEO of CHRIS 180, a behavioral health and child welfare organization.

Women Making a Mark: Virginia Hepner

“I’m not an artist at all,” admits Virginia Hepner, “but I’m the best audience member.” Growing up in a tiny Arkansas town of 500 people, Hepner, 63, had an uncommon exposure to the arts.

Women Making a Mark: Lori Lane

Lori Lane, senior vice president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia, lives and breathes real estate. “I’ve always been that kind of person that my work is my social life,” she says.

Women Making a Mark: Monica Campana

Art has always been part of Monica Campana’s life. She turned that passion into a career in 2009 when she co-founded Living Walls, a nonprofit organization that brings public art to underserved communities.

Women Making a Mark: Anita Johnson

When Anita Johnson was eight years old, she scrawled her signature inside
 her family’s encyclopedia collection as “Dr. Johnson, MD.” Now 53, Johnson has worked at the cutting edge of breast cancer treatment for 25 years and serves as the director of breast surgical oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Atlanta.

Women Making a Mark: Carolyn Meltzer

A visual thinker, Carolyn Meltzer was drawn to medical imaging sciences because she appreciated using pictures
 to solve a complex problem—to her, it
 felt like putting a puzzle together. But at this stage in her career, the 59-year-old neuroradiologist is embracing a different kind of challenge.

Women Making a Mark: Marquetta Bryan

Marquetta Bryan didn’t hesitate to say “yes” when she was asked 
to lead American Cancer Society’s first Georgia board of directors. Not only had she lost two people dear to her to different forms of cancer, she couldn’t ignore the high cancer rate among African Americans.

Women Making a Mark: Tara Murphy

Tara Murphy’s public relations career started with a D in one of her PR classes at Elon University. “It was never something that I wanted to focus on, which is very funny since I’ve now owned a PR company for 24 years."

Women Making a Mark: Andréa Carter

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.”

Women Making a Mark: Lauren Koontz

As the first woman CEO and president of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Lauren Koontz shoulders a lot of responsibility.

Women Making a Mark: Jill Binkley

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.

Women Making a Mark: Allegra Lawrence-Hardy

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.

2020 event video

Atlanta magazine is pleased to share the special virtual awards ceremony which brought together the 12 deserving women who have been selected as honorees for the 2020 Women Making a Mark program.

> Watch the video here

2020 presenting sponsor

2020 sponsors

2019 event photos

meet our past honorees

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.