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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.

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Women Making a Mark: Mary Frances Bowley

Mary Frances Bowley opened Wellspring Living’s doors in 2001 as a safe house for women who were victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Women Making a Mark: Mindy Selig

Mindy Selig is a fourth-generation Atlantan and currently serves as senior vice president in her family’s 100-year-old company, Selig Enterprises. One could find that daunting—but not Selig.

Women Making a Mark: Pinky Cole

Some CEOs spend years cementing their fortune before planting their philanthropic flag. Not Pinky Cole.

Women Making a Mark: Stephanie Nadi Olson

Four years ago, Stephanie Nadi Olson started We Are Rosie, a marketing and advertising network with a focus on flexibility and inclusivity. No gimmicks, no performative diversity.

Women Making a Mark: Seh Welch

When Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set out to tackle the pandemic, it was all hands on deck.

Women Making a Mark: Elizabeth Elango

Elizabeth Elango’s role as CEO and Head of School at Global Village Project (GVP), a school for refugee girls located in Decatur, is more than a career to her—it’s a sincere passion.

Women Making a Mark: Meredith Leapley

Having grown up as the child of two entrepreneurs in Maryland, Meredith Leapley saw firsthand the challenges that come with being a business owner.

Women Making a Mark: Jamie Lackey

Jamie Lackey identified a barrier: You can’t get childcare without diapers, and without childcare you can’t go to work.

Women Making a Mark: Nadine Kaslow

It’s impossible to know how many lives Nadine Kaslow has saved over the course of her career.

Women Making a Mark: Charlene Crusoe-Ingram

Charlene Crusoe-Ingram, CEO of Meals On Wheels Atlanta (MOWA), was supposed to be retired. But then MOWA, where she served on the board, came calling when their executive director resigned unexpectedly.

Women Making a Mark: Jennifer Barlament

It’s no surprise that the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Jennifer Barlament had a music-filled childhood, studying clarinet for years and playing violin with the Savannah Symphony Youth Orchestra, among other musical accomplishments.

Women Making a Mark: Marty Kemp

It is traditional for Georgia’s first ladies to choose specific causes to champion, and when Marty Kemp’s husband, Brian, was elected governor in 2018, she already held a few issues close to her heart. But two weeks before stepping into the role, she attended a press conference at Atlantic Station about human trafficking.

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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.