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Southern Crescent Women in Business “Glass Ceiling” Women’s History Month Networking Event


Southern Crescent Women in Business “Glass Ceiling” Women’s History Month Networking Event

By Glenda Carswell

As Women’s History Month came to a close in 2024, Southern Crescent Women in Business hosted a powerful event that highlighted the theme of Breaking Glass Ceilings. The event featured four remarkable African American female mayors who shared their inspiring stories of overcoming challenges and barriers to reach their current positions of leadership.

Mayor Sandra Vincent of McDonough, Mayor Ann Tarpley of Hampton, Mayor Angelyne Butler of Forest Park, and Mayor Donya Sartor of Jonesboro each had a unique journey to breaking the glass ceiling in their respective communities. Their stories served as a reminder of the importance of perseverance, resilience, and determination in the face of adversity.

The event also focused on the broader theme of women’s wellness, with a panel discussion titled “Removing the Invisible Superwoman Cape.” Entrepreneurial panelists, including Dr. Gabrielle Williams, Dr. Gwenetta Wright, Dr. Donna Patterson, and Vanessa Gibson, discussed important topics such as work-life balance, self-care, stress management, and the significance of building a supportive team.

Attendees had the opportunity to actively participate in the discussions, share their own experiences, and ask questions to the panelists. The event provided a valuable networking experience for all involved, with attendees also enjoying Red Carpet photo opportunities provided through InDaHouseMedia captured by photographer and videographer Terrance R. Sutton of Cr8ive Production.

As we reflect on the conclusion of Women’s History Month, it is clear that the journey towards gender equality and empowerment is ongoing. Events like Breaking Glass Ceilings serve as a reminder of the progress that has been made, as well as the work that still needs to be done to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all. Women have shown time and time again that they are capable of achieving greatness, and it is up to all of us to continue supporting and advocating for their success.

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