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Executive Women’s Day at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola

Today on Chic Perspectives, we spotlight the upcoming Executive Women’s Day at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Our guests on the show are:

Donna Fiedorowicz, SVP with the Tournament Activation and Outreach Department with the PGA TOUR

Donna shares about the PGA TOUR’s great new Women’s Initiative being unleashed at PGA TOUR events.

Lillian Giornelli – Board Chairman, East Lake Foundation and Executive Women’s Day Task Force Member. East Lake Foundation is the event’s charitable beneficiary.  To find out more visit

Annette Tirabasso – Executive Women’s Day Task Force Member, recently retired from leading Deloitte Women’s Initiative, Deloitte Wine-Down Network Up Event Sponsor.   Annette has been very involved and talks about how companies can support the event and the charitable beneficiary, East Lake Foundation.  Contact Annette at atirabasso @

Karla Arriola – Executive Women’s Day Task Force Member, Real Estate Strategist with the AR Heritage Group and a table hostess at the event. For more on AR Heritage Group visit:

The Task Force of professional women from the Atlanta area has been planning since February and focused on creating a day of “Inspiring Women Today and Tomorrow.” Through their contacts and support the event is sold out and promises to be an engaging and impactful event.

Members of the Task Force toured the East Lake Foundation headquarters and learned how they could become more engaged in supporting the Foundation throughout the year. The Task Force identified the East Lake Crew Teens as the program to dedicate event proceeds.

The day includes top women executive speakers, panelists and is made possible by generous visionary sponsors:

SHAN COOPER, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

SHIRLEY FRANKLIN, CEO, Purpose Built Communities

LARA O’CONNOR HODGSON, Founder, CEO NOWaccount Network, Founder, Mom, CEO, Nourish Inc.

BEA PEREZ, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

LAURA SEQUENZIA, Publisher, Golf World

Molly Fletcher Nicknamed “the female Jerry Maguire,” by CNN, Molly Fletcher has worked with top athletes, coaches and personalities during her career as a sports agent. An entrepreneur, author and speaker, Molly founded and runs MWF Enterprises, LLC.  She is the author of two books, Your Dream Job Game Plan and The Business of Being the Best and is the founder of The Betterment Institute, an e-learning portal.




Power Panel Breakfast Sponsor Belk, Inc


Bottom Line Luncheon Sponsor
The Home Depot 

Wine Down Network Up Sponsor

VIP Table Sponsors
A.T. Kearney, Inc
Augusta State University
Bank of America
Ernst & Young LLP
Georgia-Pacific Professional
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Mayfield/Dan Foods
Merill Lynch
North Highland
PGA TOUR Superstore
Publix Supermarkets
PwCThe Coca-Cola Company
The East Lake Foundation
Troutman Sanders LLP
Virginia Hepner and Kathy Betty


The PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup are here. Visit PGATOUR.COM for complete coverage.

ProWin Special featuring Sandy Jones, Lorna Rasmussen & Lorikay Stone

In this special ProWIN edition of Chic Perspectives, Host Dana Barrett interviewed Sandy Jones, Lorna Rasmussen and Lorikay Stone.

Sandy talked about her business, Pearlworks, and talked about the importance of developing your jewelry style and having a great jewelry wardrobe.  To learn more about Sandy and Pearlworks go to

Lorna Ramussen, an independent associate for LegalShield discussed the advantage of having a team of lawyers at your disposal for as low as $17/month!  To learn more about LegalSheild, go to

And last but not least, Lorikay Stone talked about her photography business and how developing your professional image on websites and social media with a snapshot of you on your vacation or cropped from a family photo is NOT the way to go.  Professional headshots are affordable and critical in today’s marketplace and Lorikay works with her clients to get the best look to market themselves and their business.  To learn more about Lorikay Photography go to

And of course, you’ll want to listen to the interview for some additional insights into online dating, jewelry for a cause and the easiest way to get out of a traffic ticket!

Sue Sullivan of Hot Squeeze and Evin Galang Down South Swing

Chic Perspectives features Atlanta entrepreneurs Sue Sullivan, President of Hot Squeeze, and Evin Galang, Owner of Down South Swing.

Evin Galang was enjoying working in her passion as a dance instructor when the opportunity to takeover the Down South Swing studio arose.  She decided to step up to the challenge of turning around the business and get it back on its feet.  Top dance instructors offer a variety of classes and workshops appealing to everyone from beginners to award winning professionals.

Find out more about classes and dance offerings at Down South Swing at


Sue Sullivan, was running her own catering business when the concept for Hot Squeeze (delicious all natural sauces you can put on -everything) took her focus front and center, consumer taste buds loved what she had created, demand surged and The Hot Squeeze blossomed into a thriving business, with a distribution deal with Whole Foods and other major grocery retailers fueling expansion.

Learn more about Hot Squeeze at


Stephanie Jolluck CEO and President of Coleccion Luna Shares Advice

After I completed my degree in Latin American Literature and Anthropology and my Honor’s Thesis, I traveled to Guatemala to volunteer on a Mayan Indian women’s cooperative and to explore the country backpacking alone for two months.  The 36 year Civil War, which resulted in genocide, rape, and other unimaginable atrocities had just ended.  The indigenous women I met and worked with on the cooperative had experienced the bloody violence and where there to empower themselves after the war so they could return to their villages.  I will never forget their strength, resilience, and courage as they told us stories of the violence they experienced and their determination to rebuild their villages.  After 3 weeks of volunteering I traveled around Guatemala became enchanted with the rich, intricate, and gorgeous textiles the women were is weaving and wearing.  As I studied these stunning textiles and learned it was a 2000 year old tradition, I couldn’t help but think what pure geniuses these women were.   They were also some of the poorest people in Guatemala.  This contradiction made no sense to me.  Between the women I met volunteering and the fascinating textiles woven by those in deep poverty, this trip became the inspiration for Coleccion Luna.  I travel to Guatemala 4-6xs a year to work directly in partnership with the Mayan Indians on a line of textiles (handbags, pillows, table runners) that are created from their reclaimed traditional clothing, as well as a line of beaded jewelry and woodcarvings using Fair Trade practices. I wholesale the goods all over the US.  My artisans have become my family & their communities my home…

Stephanie Jolluck, Coleccion Luna Imports Empower Guatemalan Women

This week on Chic Perspectives, Elizabeth Gordon interviews Stephanie Jolluck about her inspiring entrepreneurial journey.

Stephanie started Coleccion Luna at age 26 in 1999, to focus on empowering women, alleviating poverty, furthering sustainability, and promoting cultural diversity and understanding. While volunteering in Guatemala, she was inspired to prevent a 2,000 year old textile tradition from slowly disappearing.

Owner, designer, anthropologist, social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Stephanie has weaved social impact into a growing business and carved an entrepreneurial path with her desire to help an impoverished community share its legacy and enrich the world.

Hear about Stephanie’s travels to Guatemala to help Mayan Indians set up home-based businesses and import their handmade products, including handbags, pillows, wood carvings and vibrant, rich fabrics, enabling them to earn fair wages from their traditional skills, and to support and educate their families.

Stephanie is one of eight Atlanta entrepreneurs who will be sharing their success strategies at a Womenetics symposium  The Millennial Money Makers: Fabulous and Flourishing on Wednesday, June 20 from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at The Retreat at Perimeter Summit. The program showcases innovative young business leaders who have harnessed the power of technology, collaboration, creativity, and knowledge of social impact to create markets, products, and services for the current times.

Aspiring and existing business owners will gain invaluable tools and strategic insights from forward-thinking for-profit and non-profit business owners who will present firsthand experience and keys to success that can be applied to any existing or startup organization.

Leading-edge industries including technology, consulting, ice cream, eco-friendly products, clothing and accessories, concierge services, social impact, and others will be represented.  To register, go to


Find Coleccion Luna one of a kind handbags, pillows and jewelry at available for wholesale and at area retailers in Atlanta.


NAWBO Atlanta on Women’s Business Growth, Mentoring, Camaraderie

Elizabeth Gordon interviews NAWBO Atlanta Board Members, Corporate Partners, and prominent members.

Andrea G. Borden is Managing Partner, Borden Schmidt Consulting and President, NAWBO Atlanta (National Association of Women Business Owners).   Borden Schmidt helps companies increase revenue through sales consulting and financial consulting services.

Andrea has a proven track record of increasing sales rapidly within a wide range of companies from small private companies to global public corporations such as Robert Half International, Spherion Staffing, Compaq Computer/HP and Ziff-Davis Media.

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America’s 10.6 million women-owned businesses and is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries.


Laura Stevenson is on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, NAWBO Atlanta and an Attorney at the Law Office of Laura Stevenson.  She is also a prominent member of Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.

Her practice handles:

Commercial Disputes: debt collection

Employment: non-compete agreements, wage/hour

ERISA: welfare benefit plan and pension plan claims, COBRA

Consumer Credit: Truth-In-Lending, Fair Credit Reporting, Fair Debt Collection Practices

Civil Rights: race, age, sex and disability discrimination


Deb Carr is the corporate partner liaison for UPS with NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and an International Account Manager for UPS.   Deb provides supply chain management and global logistics solutions for medium and large multi-national organizations.

With more than 15 years of comprehensive experience in supply chain and logistics complemented by a marketing background, Deb is sought after for her business knowledge regarding international shipping and technology efficiencies.

She is known for her exceptional customer relations and logistics skills and works with key decision makers to link UPS solutions to drive strategic corporate goals.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Deb is a contributing volunteer at a number of professional organizations and was recently voted into Alpha Team Search & Rescue where she works with a team of volunteers and canines to support law enforcement in finding the lost and missing.


Dianne Ogle is a highly skilled leader and consultant and Founder of Business Momentum Group (BMG) helping companies grow their businesses by offering a consortium of services:

• Strategic Business Planning

• Marketing / Sales/ Public Relations

• Executive Coaching

• Business Development/ Project Management

• Leadership Development

• Organizational Excellence

• Launch and Sustainability Expertise

• Execution Specialist

• Non Profit Excellence

She also has been growing professional women CEO and C‐Level women peer group organizations, to assist companies in growing and developing their organizations from the inside out.


Amanda, Cindy, Michelle of Georgia Association for Women Lawyers

Board Members from the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers joined us this month for our spotlight on member organizations for Atlanta women in business.  The ladies discuss what it’s like to be a member of GAWL, recent programs and event, the Foundation, Sponsors, mentors and career advancement.

Amanda Wick, Cindy Manning, Michelle West

Amanda Wick, VP of Strategic Partnerships at GAWL.  As a member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, she started the Augusta Chapter of the organization, one of the largest initial GAWL chapters ever started, and was honored as a GAWL Committee Star in 2010. As Vice President of the Strategic Partnerships Committee, her committee won the “Best Committee Award” for 2010-2011. As an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta, she was awarded their 2009-2010 R.O.S.E. Bud (Recognition Of Service Excellence) Award and currently volunteers with the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS). She is most proud of being a Big Sister to Destinee, the greatest seven year old in the world, through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.


Cindy Manning is a founding partner of Manning, Levine and Marlow, LLP.  Cindy spends half of her time practicing criminal defense, capitalizing on her prior prosecution experience to represent clients facing charges ranging from traffic offenses to felonies in both state and federal court.  Cindy spends the rest of her time helping individuals and businesses resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation and litigation.  In 2005 and 2010, Cindy was recognized by Law & Politics as a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Cindy earned her B.A., cum laude¸ from Florida State University in 1999 and her J. D., magna cum laude, from Boston University in 2002. While at Boston University, she served as an editor of the Boston University Law Review.


Michelle West has been an active member of GAWL since 2006 and a board member since 2009.  Ms. West was the second President of the GAWL Gwinnett Chapter formed in 2009.

Michelle is the Founder and Owner of M West Legal, LLC, where she focuses her practice mainly on immigration, estate planning, and family law matters, including international adoption and international child abduction.  Michelle has offices in Atlanta and Gwinnett County, and has been practicing law in Georgia since 2002.

Ms. West graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service where she studied International Law, Relations and Organization.  She also received a certificate in Latin American studies and received proficiency status/credit in the Spanish language.  Ms. West attended Emory University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate degree.  While in law school, Ms. West clerked for a varied group of firms, governmental organizations, private business legal departments, and not for profit organizations working in areas of family law, estate planning, immigration, business organization and international law.  Throughout her studies, Ms. West attended academic programs in Ecuador, Italy, Spain, and Costa Rica.


For more on Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, visit

Chic Perspectives hosts Possible Woman IMAGINE 2012 speakers

This week on Chic Perspectives, meet 4 of the speakers from the Possible Woman Conference in a behind the scenes discussion about women in leadership.  Attend the conference at

Marsha Sampson Johnson

KEYNOTE: “Free Your Mind”

Marsha Sampson Johnson is a writer, speaker and advocate dedicated to full inclusion of women and people of color in all work environments. She is known for her keen insights and high-impact presentations on leadership and navigating careers. Her column, Lessons from the Corporate Jungle, appears biweekly in the Birmingham Times. She is also featured in the Empowering Women Leaders series found on YouTube.

Johnson’s experiences in major corporations, non-profit organizations, small business, and local government anchor a body of knowledge and practical framework to which audiences easily connect. She is a retired senior executive with almost 25 years at Fortune 500 Southern Company – most notably Alabama Power Company. She has held executive positions in division operations, customer service and call center operations, talent management, human resources and corporate diversity.

Jeffery Tobias Halter

KEYNOTE: “Executive Success; What Men Aren’t Telling Women”

Jeffery Tobias Halter is a Consultant, Author, Gender Strategist and the President of YWomen, a Strategic Consulting Company Focused on Helping Men (i.e. Y Chromosomes) and Women to Understand and Unleash the Power of Women in Organizations. Jeffery is the former Director of A passionate advocate in the development of women in leadership, he currently sits on the Simmons Business School’s Business Advisory Board, and has held National Advisory Board positions for Women’s Food Service Forum and The Network of Executive Women.


Connie Glaser

KEYNOTE: “GenderTalk Works: Cracking the Gender Code at Work”

Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and are among the most widely-read and influential books on workplace diversity and women’s leadership.  A frequent media guest, Connie has appeared on The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, and NBC Nightly News.  As a corporate speaker and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Connie is recognized for her ability to address challenging workplace issues with humor and insight. Her client list includes FedEx, McKinsey & Co, ESPN, JPMorgan Chase, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Deloitte, AT&T, Time Warner, HP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Forbes, and the U.S. Navy.

Connie’s latest book, GenderTalk Works recently debuted on FOX News Live. Praised by media and corporate executives, the book has been hailed as “an insightful step forward in the ongoing dialogue between men and women as colleagues.”

Connie first gained international acclaim with her breakthrough best-seller, Swim with the Dolphins, which established “a new navigational map for women in business.” Offering an updated role model for women, Dolphins has been ranked among the Top Ten Books on Women in Business. A workplace classic around the world, it has been translated into German, Chinese, Korean, Bulgarian, Japanese, and Hebrew.

Recognized for having her finger on the pulse of today’s workplace, Connie has served as Chair of the Travel Advisory Council for Inter-Continental Hotels. She also serves on the Women’s Advisory Board for Office Depot, and the Advisory Board for Emory University Graduate Women in Business.

Connie’s syndicated column, Winning at Work, appears in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and award-winning business journals around the country. She also is a nationally-featured columnist with  Connie was recently honored for her contributions to diversity and workplace excellence by being named Businesswoman of the Year by Office Depot. She has also been honored by being inaugurated into The World Who’s Who of Women.

Tricia Molloy is a motivational speaker on change management through wise business practices. She is the author of Divine Wisdom at Work: 10 Universal Principles for Enlightened Entrepreneurs and CRAVE Your Goals!

Through entertaining conference keynotes and employee development talks, workshops and webinars, Tricia inspires professionals to be more positive and focused so they can achieve their goals faster and easier. A seasoned business owner and marketing consultant, she also mentors women entrepreneurs and professionals.

For more about The Possible Woman® Foundation International, Inc., 501(c) (3) visit

Possible Woman Panel of Speakers Preview Leadership Event

A Special Edition of The Chic Perspectives Show, for our 3-part series dedicated to spotlighting the Possible Woman IMAGINE! Conference 2012, April 26th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

My guests were 4 of the women leadership speakers featured at the event.


Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe shares her expertise in developing business for international brands (Fortune 500) via integrating social media and digital strategies, strategic partnerships, and marketing technologies. Hear how she teaches marketers how to measure, optimize and build current new media efforts to increase value and develop strong relationships between brands and fans.

Martha Forlines, a successful leadership consultant, coach, author, speaker and President of Belief System Institute shares her expertise is employee motivation and engagement. She talks about creative solutions for leaders to “amp-up” their people’s performance and what she’s learned having coached hundreds of people over her 30+ year career.  Martha also recently co-authored a book for women leaders and leaders of women, Inspiring Women…BECOMING Courageous, Wise Leaders.

Belief System Institute is a supporting sponsor of the Possible Woman IMAGINE! 2012 Conference.

Maria Sutej’, Regional Vice President in Sales at Avon Products, Inc. tells us about leading a team of professionals to achieving annual sales goals. Maria began her career in 1983 joining Avon as a District Sales Manager. She quickly ascended through the sales ranks. She made Avon history by ranking in the top 10 percent in sales growth for eight consecutive years and provides stewardship in the implementation of global business strategies.

Avon is a bronze sponsor of the Possible Woman IMAGINE! 2012 Conference.

Dr. Marilyn Carroll is the Founder and CEO of KSAP5i a Career Management Education Company.  She recently launched a series of programs based on career management best practices for success.She has a Ph.D. in Management and Organization with a Leadership Specialization, from Capella University and an MBA in Global Business. She is also a visiting Professor to several Business Schools lecturing on the following topics: Career and Business Strategies, Leadership, Management, as well as Organizational Behavior and Development.

Tune in tomorrow for another enlighteningWomen Leadership Panel and preview of Possible Woman IMAGINE 2012