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Field of tough choices yields 2012 Women of Excellence honorees

Community response generated 90-plus nominations for The New Tri-State Defender’s 2012 Women of Excellence.

Community response generated 90-plus nominations for The New Tri-State Defender’s 2012 Women of Excellence.

“We had a phenomenal response from the community this year,” said Bernal E Smith II, President and Publisher of The New Tri-State Defender (TSD). “We also had a hard time narrowing it down because each and every one was deserving of the honor in her own right, but ultimately we were able to select a phenomenal group of sisters for 2012 of which we are very proud.”

TSD’s 2012 “Women of Excellence” will be hailed by their peers, family, friends and community leaders in a Grand Champagne Brunch and Awards Presentation on Sat., April 28 at 10 a.m. at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Road.

The annual event celebrates and honors African-American women who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements and personal contribution to the community.

“This spring celebration gives us the chance to say thank you to those who have been consistently committed to the highest principles of servant leadership and positively touching the lives of others, said Smith, noting that 2012 is the fifth annual celebration.

Over 200 outstanding African-American professionals and community leaders have been honored for their civic contributions and career achievements.

The 2012 Women of Excellence will be celebrated amidst food, inspiration, fashion and entertainment. Rodney Dunigan, news anchor for ABC24 will serve as Master of Ceremony and will guide a morning filled with performances by the critically acclaimed band Prosody, along with other special guest performances.

The event has had overwhelming attendance in the past, a testament said Smith, to the abundance of talented, committed and visionary African American women in the Greater Memphis community.

“This rich pool of talent and the commitment they demonstrate each day is part of the unique treasures that make Memphis a great city! I am glad that we at The New Tri-State Defender can take the lead in acknowledging their contributions to the growth and betterment of our community.”

As with its Men of Excellence Awards, the TSD’s Women of Excellence is an annual awards event. Honorees are 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.

Celebrating 61 years of continuous publication this year, the TSD is located at 203 Beale Street, Suite 200, in downtown Memphis. It is one of six newspapers owned by Real Times Media, whose newspaper group also includes the Michigan Chronicle, Michigan FrontPage, New Pittsburgh Courier, Atlanta World and Chicago Defender. Collectively, Real Times Inc. is the nation’s largest African-American owned and operated newspaper organization in the country. As an organization, Real Times Inc. is dedicated to sustaining its presence as the leading source of African American related news, entertainment and lifestyle information and marketing services.  

It is the goal of The New Tri-State Defender to inform, inspire, and elevate the quality of life of its readers through dynamic print content, great web and digital presence, effective social media and impactful events.

NOTE: Ticket and table reservations are first come, first serve.

2012 Women of Excellence Honorees


Beverly Anderson, National Homebased Business Chamber of Commerce

Pamela Arrindell, Certified Midwife, Philanthropist

Shante Avant, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

Cassandra Bell Warren, 4 Success Realty

Audrey Bonner, EEOC

Anna Bradford, Kirby Pines

Kenya Bradshaw, Stand for Children

Phyllis Brunson, City of Memphis

Lou Etta Burkins, New Sardis Baptist Church

Deloris Burrow, State Farm Insurance

Patricia Cathey, Nurse Manager, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Linda Chism Leaks, The Med

Kym Clark, Action News 5 - WMCTV

Loverta Dorris, Memphis Mental Health Institute

Angela Garland, Girls of Leadership

Yolanda Gates, Epiphany Firm

Freda Greene Martin, Child Welfare Training Center | Univ. of Memphis, Dept. of Social Work

Emily Greer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Teresa Hall, Transitional Anger Management Services

Janet Hooks, City of Memphis

Vivian Henry, Trumbull Laboratories

Evie Horton, Community Activist & Volunteer

Regina Hubbard, ERA Legacy Realty

Rose Jackson-Flenorl, FedEx Services

Stephanie Jones-White, Memphis Public Library

Loyce Lambert Ryan, Shelby County Government

Sonja Lavender, First Tennessee Bank

Yolanda Lunford, Memphis City Schools

Elizabeth McGhee, Elizabeth’s House

Sheila Middleton, Magna Bank

Thelma Nelms, Mission Possible Christian Outreach Service Mission

Verna Nickelberry, Ordinary People Magazine

Summer Owens, Fedex | “Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival & Success”

Denise Perino, State Farm Insurance

Sharon Richmond, Kirby Pines

Christina Rosenthal, Paradigm Dental Center

Linda Segrest, Trinity Community Coalition Outreach

Jaria Sharkey, My Leading Young Lady, Inc.

Cynthia Stewart, Author/Minister

Joy Stout, University of Memphis

Magnolia “Nan” Tolbert, Pentecostal Temple Institutional C.O.G.I.C.

Sandra Upchurch, Memphis City Schools

Tera Upshaw, United Healthcare

Christina Watkins, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

Ruby R. Wharton, Attorney, Wharton Law Firm

Deborah Williams, 4 Success Realty

Dorcas Young, Shelby County Ryan White Program

 

 

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0 #1 Why 2012-06-06 18:42
It's amazing to me that Janet Hooks would be nominated as a Woman of Excellance! How can anyone who has slept around with most of the prominent men in Memphis, with a good majority of those men being married, be actually considered a positive role model? I'm just sad I'm just now seeing this article. What happened to honoring people with good morals and standards? Seems to be at the heart of what's wrong with this city!
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