By Special to the Daily World
The Women’s Bureau-U.S. Department of Labor and the YWCA of Greater Atlanta partnered for the second year to highlight the contributions of prominent Atlanta women in a free event celebrating National Women’s History Month. “The Story Behind the Story, A Fireside Chat” was held on Wednesday, March 16, at the Georgia Power Company.
The night brought about intimate discussions as women from different walks of life came together with a common purpose, to provide inspiration and wisdom to girls and women alike. YWCA CEO Justine Boyd said, “The event was a huge success. We were all inspired and left feeling like we could take on the world! I look forward to this event growing each year and being an annual celebration of women here in Atlanta.”
“The evening was a magical celebration of our sisterhood and the many challenges, triumphs and contributions that we have in common as women,” added Paulette Norvel Lewis, regional administrator of the Women’s Bureau.
The panel of influential women discussed some of the obstacles they faced while climbing the ladder and how they overcame these barriers with courage, resilience and a commitment to service. The panelists included: Juel Pate Borders-Benson, M.D., physician, pastor and diplomat; Elizabeth Kiss, Ph.D., president of Agnes Scott College; Danita Vanessa Knight, public relations and fundraising consultant who was instrumental in bringing the Atlanta Dream basketball team to Atlanta; Jenny Pruitt, CEO/founder of Atlanta Fine Homes-Sotheby’s International; and M. Alexis Scott, publisher of Atlanta Daily World newspaper.
Coming back to moderate the event was Angela Robinson, president and CEO of ARC Media LLC. Panelists were introduced by participants of the YWCA’s Teen Girls in Technology (TGI Tech) program.
The event was enjoyed by all as a crowd of 200 guests filled the Georgia Power Company auditorium, listening to the stories of the panelists as well as asking questions about their future goals and aspirations.