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Tri-State Defender selects 50 Women of Excellence

The Tri-State Defender will host its 4th Annual Women of Excellence “High Tea” Awards Reception on Friday, April 29 at 3 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Rd. The Tri-State Defender will host its 4th Annual Women of Excellence “High Tea” Awards Reception on Friday, April 29 at 3 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Rd.

The annual event will celebrate and honor 50 African-American women who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and personal contributions to community service.

Over the past 3 years, the Tri-State Defender has had the pleasure of honoring 150 female professionals and leaders distinguished by their remarkable civic contributions and career achievements.

Throughout generations, African-American women have continued to set standards and carve new paths, making profound impacts in our community development and global growth. And for 60 years, the Tri-State Defender has been a trusted leader for recognizing this work and bringing this kind of information to Memphis and the surrounding areas.

“We had a phenomenal response from the community this year with nearly 80 nominations. We had a hard time narrowing it down because each and every one was deserving of the honor in their own right but we were able to select 50 of which we are very proud,” said Bernal E. Smith II, President and Publisher of the Tri-State Defender Smith stated.

“We are extremely excited about this opportunity to recognize and honor such a distinguished and deserving group of women.”

Honorees were selected based upon the following criteria: African-American woman executive, business owner, community or non-profit leader, proven success within her profession/industry, positive role model whose contributions encourage others and highly active in community service or organizational involvement leading to positive impact on the lives of others.

The 2011 Women of Excellence honorees are:

Felecia Bean Barnes, Owner/Caterer, Felecia Bean Catering
Helen M. Beady, Director of Education, Memphis Zoo
Bettye L. Boone, Pres. NCBW, Memphis Chapter, Retired/IRS/Nat’l Coalition of 100 Black Women
Gloria R. Boyland, Vice President of Service Exp., FedEx
Lucille Mack Catron, Owner, Lucille’s Boutique
Ella Lee Clark, Program Manager, TVA
Sgt. Beverly A. Cobb, Deputy Sheriff/Sgt., Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
Deborah A. Cole, President / CEO, Citizens Bank
Roquita Coleman, Solutions Manager, CN Railroad, Memphis World Trade Club
Rosalyn Crawford, Director, Memphis Bears, Inc.
Yolunda G. Davis, Director-Employee Resource Center, Department of Treasury
Sarah Flowers-Dent, Litigation Manager, Auto Zone, Inc.
the Hon. Bernice B. Donald, Judge, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Tennessee
Dr. Audrey Elion, Psychologist/Prevention Liaison, Shelby County Schools
Theora Evans, Assoc. Dean & Assoc. Professor, University of Tennessee College of Social Work
Dolores Flagg, Homeless Coordinator, Memphis City Schools
Nicole Gates, Infant Mortality Campaign, Shelby County
Lois J. Gilder, Regional Director/Counselor, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc./MCS
Yollander Hardaway, Attorney, Woods and Hardaway Law Offices
Deborah M. Henderson, Judge, General Sessions Court
Jae Henderson, President, Put It In Writing
Pamela Venson Herbin, Vice President Human Resource, Tri-State Bank of Memphis
Tracye Jones, Assistant District Attorney, Shelby County
Carolyn Kent, Independent Consultant, Arbonne International
Denice M. Mann, Executive Director, Victory Ministry Memphis Inc.
Sandra H. Mays, Starks Advancement Director, Memphis Theological Seminary
Loretta McNary, President, The Loretta McNary Show/Pink Eagles
Tajuan Stout Mitchell, Dir of Intergovernmental Operations, City of Memphis
Edith Moore, Entrepreneur/Real Estate Developer
Patricia Moore, Instructional Facilitator at Hamilton, Memphis City Schools
Candace Morgan, District Retail Sales Manager, Verizon Wireless
Megan Mottley, Publisher/Owner, Divine Magazine/MTLY Communications
Valencia Morman-Nelson, March of Dimes St. Director, March of Dimes Foundation
Hattie Nelson, Chief Financial Officer, Nelson, Inc.
Joyce Parkinson, Executive Director, Walking Into A New Life
Ida Madie Porter, Project Daycare Director, Greater Community Temple COGIC
Mearl Purvis, News Anchor, Fox 13/WHBQ
Gennora Reed, General Manager, Citadel Memphis Radio Group
Charlotte R. Reid, President/CEO, Renee’ Enterprises
Dr. Inetta F. Rogers, Chaplain/Human Resource Executive, Memphis Inter-Denom/Tri-State Bank of Mphs
Evelyn Royston, President, Royston’s Design Construction Consultants
Shanika Neal Scurlock, Human Resource Manager, Kraft Food Ingredients
Clintonia Thomas Simmons, President/CEO, Healthy Kids / Teens
Lori M. Spicer, Manager/Adjunct Professor, Reg. Medical Center at Memphis, Univ. of Phoenix
Mary Tate-Smith, Vice President of Sales, West Region, CIGNA Healthcare
Shinese Taylor, Discharge Planner, Baptist Corporation
Tijuana Terrill, Emergency Dept Nurse Manager, Veterans Administration Medical Center
Inger O. Upchurch, Manager, Cossitt and Crenshaw Public Libraries
Karen Weddle-West, Vice Provost/Associate Professor, University of Memphis
Tammy Young, Human Resource Manager, Harrah’s Casino Tunica
Dr. Ladonna Young, Associate Professor, Southwest Tennessee Community College.

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