Leona Barr-Davenport serves as President & CEO of the Atlanta Business League (ABL), Atlanta’s oldest minority business development and advocacy organization.

Her background combines more than 30 years experience in the areas of customer service, program development, organizational management and fundraising for associations and youth-oriented programs.

A native of Johnsonville, S.C., Barr-Davenport received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration & Economics from Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. and a Master of Business Administration degree with a Marketing concentration from Clark Atlanta University.

She has served with the Metro-Atlanta Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), the Atlanta Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and the Atlanta Red Cross, among others.

She was recognized by the National Business League with the Visionary Leadership Award and was inducted into the 2006 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She also received the 2008 Trumpet Foundation’s High Heels in High Places Award, the 2009 8th
Annual Bridge Builder Award from Atlanta Technical Foundation, Inc. and the Spirit of Sweet Auburn Legends Heroes and Heroines Award in 2010.

Accomplished and fascinating women like Barr-Davenport are among 50 who will be honored by The Atlanta Daily World as “Women of Excellence” at an awards ceremony tonight, Thursday, June 20 at 200 Peachtree from 3pm- 6pm. The public is invited to come to the event and meet them.

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.

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