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ADW 'Women of Excellence' Have Delightful Stories to Tell

You may know that Tanya Coleman is marketing and advertising manager at Publix Supermarkets, but few people know that her first ambition was to be a blues singer.

"In high school, that was the career I wanted," she says with a smile. "But it turns out I was just too shy."

Coleman, who is noted for her beautiful voice, sings for friends, church and personal pleasure. But, she notes, "I just wasn't ready to sing the blues."

You may know that Atty. Stacy Cole is director of government and community affairs for Comcast, but it's not widely known that one of her hobbies is collecting angels. "I started when my mother was ill and I was caring for her," she recalls. "I have 30 angels now and I add to my collection whenever I travel."

Her angels are ceramic, or handcrafted, or "just unique enough to catch my eye," she says. "It's something that gives me pleasure, though I have to work to keep it under control."

These accomplished and fascinating women are among 50 being honored by The Atlanta Daily World as "Women of Excellence" at an awards ceremony on Thursday, June 20th at the 200 Peachtree from 3pm- 6pm. The public is invited to come to the event and meet them.

"Women of Excellence" is a signature event of Real Times Media recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of extraordinary women in Atlanta and the surrounding communities.

"Our 2013 honorees have demonstrated exceptional courage, unwavering conviction, and extraordinary grace in achieving notable success in their careers and community service efforts," says Atlanta Daily World publisher Alexis Scott. "But, they are also interesting women with delightful stories to tell."

Most people know Veronica Biggins as Managing Director of the Atlanta office of Diversified Search, who served as Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of Presidential Personnel under William Clinton. But what you may not know is that as a child she lived in Jakarta, Indonesia for two years while her father taught at the University there.

"Coming from North Carolina, it was an extraordinary experience for me," she says. "Particularly to see that all the people were brown and they were in charge. It opened my eyes and affected the rest of my life."

To purchase tickets to the event, call Michelle Gipson at 404-761-1114 ext. 11 or visit http://www.atlantadailyworld.com/upcoming-events and click on the "Women of Excellence" icon.

Read more http://www.atlantadailyworld.com/201306066585/Original/adw-women-of-excellence-have-delightful-stories-to-tell

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