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Dear IWF Georgia Members,

I’m excited to share news about the IWF Georgia Member Retreat at Serenbe, upcoming events and a few of our 160 remarkable members.
Serenbe Retreat
For the first time in recent years, IWF Georgia held a retreat! Close to 50 members enjoyed a time of renewal, connection, conversation, learning and fun over 24 luxurious hours at Serenbe.

We gathered Thursday evening at the home of Dianne Harnell-Cohen for a delicious home-cooked dinner and musical entertainment by the Serenbe Playhouse Apprentice Cabaret. Friday morning was about the “intentional community” of Serenbe, a golf-cart tour of three magnificent homes, and a discussion of key health decisions everyone needs to make.

Friday afternoon, Gail Evans powered up the group with her talk about women in leadership. Beth Schapiro moderated a high-energy panel on rebooting our lives with Becky Blalock, Ann Cramer, Glenda Hatchett and Monica Pearson. The Honorable Shirley Franklin brought the house down as the closing speaker. Throughout, there was robust discussion and engagement.

The Member Retreat was a success, and people are already talking about next year at Serenbe. We are grateful to Pat Upshaw-Monteith and the Program Committee, Candy Berman and Dianne Harnell-Cohen, together with Jennifer Langley, for the vision, planning and hard work that created a memorable time of fellowship and wellness.

To view Serenbe Retreat photos, click here.
(L to R) Dianne Harnell-Cohen, Pat Upshaw-Monteith, Candy Berman
Upcoming IWF events

March 14 luncheon, 11:30-1:30 at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, “Atlanta and the New Urbanism — Development, Gentrification and Displacement.” Click here to sign up.  
Panelists include: 
Save the date!
  • April Dine Around dinners, April 4 and 9 at IWF members’ homes.
  • May 2 evening event, to be announced.
  • May 17-19, the 2017 World Cornerstone Conference in Stockholm.
We are sponsoring an IWF Fellow again this year!  
The IWF Global Fellows Program provides a world-class experience for high-potential mid-career women. The application process is highly competitive. Our chapter has nominated and sponsored three fellows to date.  Each was accepted into the program and participated in recent years: Rebecca Gray, Kim Anderson and Danielle Donehew.

We plan to nominate a Fellows candidate this year, and we encourage members to think about women nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs with substantive work experience and accomplishments.

Your nominee must submit an application by May 3 to the Georgia IWF Leadership Committee, at  Stay tuned for an email nomination form coming to you soon. 
IWF Georgia Members in Motion

IWF Georgia members have been making a difference, winning awards and taking on new challenges. This is a (very) partial look at recent accomplishments. Please forgive omissions, and share news about our IWF member colleagues so we can include it in the next newsletter.

Liz Blake recently made her 66th trip to Haiti, where she is mobilizing people and international companies to create jobs and sustainable progress. 
Erica Qualls-Battey has been named the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2016 Most Admired CEOs in Hospitality.
Judy Monroe, MD, won the 2016 Excellence in Patient Service Award from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
Blythe Robinson has been named to the Board of the National Black Child Development Institute.
Lisa Gordon, CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, announced they have been named an Affiliate of Distinction and will be recognized at the 2017 Global Conference. The Atlanta chapter was selected from the organization’s 1,361 affiliates.
Roz Brewer has been named to the Board of Starbucks. She is also returning to Atlanta after her successful decade-long career at Wal-Mart, most recently as CEO of Sam’s Club.
Annette Cone-Skelton’s The Legacy Series has been featured in Arts Atlanta.
Julia Emmons is a 2017 inductee into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame.
Andrea Young has been named Executive Director of ACLU Georgia. 
• Three IWF members are featured speakers on International Women’s Day, March 8, at a breakfast at the Commerce Club: Mary Ann Peters, Hala Moddelmog and Amy Baxter, MD.
Hope to see you on March 14th!


Kathy Bremer
President, IWF Georgia
Managing Director, BoardWalk Consulting 
Finding leaders that matter for missions that matter ®
Direct:  404-420-5850
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