JOIN THE CONVERSATION
You're invited to join the conversation with 10 women leaders from eight industries for a candid discussion about how they got where they are, the challenges they've faced, and their ideas for your career growth.
#WhatWomenBring is THE event for women & men who believe that having more women in leadership is important to all of us. Join #WWB emcee Octavia Mitchell, WCBD News 2 TV anchor, and our honorees for a power lunch you won't want to miss!
Virtual link & program
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020
10:55 AM Sign in! See link at left
11:00 AM Photo booth pics, emcee activities, & networking
11:20 AM Welcome
11:25 AM Audience poll
11:35 AM Panel discussion
12:05 PM Audience poll
12:15 PM Panel discussion
12:40 PM Live audience Q&A
And more! For our complete event agenda, honoree bios, and more, please click to download the #WhatWomenBring program (shown at left).
WCBD NEWS 2
Octavia Mitchell anchors the popular local NBC programs News 2 Today and News 2 Midday. Each week, her Cool School segments highlight positive programs in local schools. An Emmy award-winning journalist, she has been a member of the Count on 2 team since 2002 and was recently inducted into The Citadel's Zucker Family School of Education's Wall of Fame as well as being named the "Most Cheerful News Anchor" by the Charleston City Paper and receiving the Community Tribute honor from the MOJA Arts Festival.
A formidable ally of South Carolina women, LaVanda Brown works hard every day to empower women and eliminate racism: YWCA Greater Charleston's dual mission. While honoring its powerful historic legacy with programs like its annual MLK Celebration, she has also transformed YWCA.GC with a series of highly effective programs including #WhatWomenBring to honor women in business, community, and culture; WE 360 for female entrepreneurs of color; Racial Equity Institute workshops; Own the Room public speaking workshops for women; Choose Well to safeguard women's health; and Y Girls Code tech clubs to increase opportunities for girls of color, among others.
Our panelists & honorees
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
The Power-Filled Woman
As vice president at T-Mobile, Kenya was one of the few female executives in her company, an active advocate for diversity and inclusion, a mentor to multiple women, and an inspiration for many. "For many black women like me, she blazed a path showing us we can make a difference by working hard, being fully ourselves, and empowering others," writes one. Today, as the CEO of her own firm, she concentrates all her efforts on coaching women for success.
Founder & Executive Director
Youth Empowerment Services
Roslin Fields is a former middle school educator who saw the struggles of some of her female students, including low self-esteem, low motivation, and poor decision-making, all stemming from backgrounds that did not teach them their worth. She began to mentor them... but realizing this wasn't enough, she founded a nonprofit focused on facilitating after-school programs in low-income middle schools and putting on the Annual Dreams Conference.
Charleston Area Justice Ministry
Treva Williams came to Charleston to lead the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) before the organization — a network of faith-based congregations working together to empower marginalized people — even had a name. In her work she has helped to reduce the achievement gap in public education, diminish juvenile detention, enable accessible recourse for those who experience wage theft, and motivate the City of Charleston to take concrete steps to address racial bias in its policing.
Berkeley County First Steps
A champion for young children and their families, Adrienne Troy-Frazier is always seeking ways to improve the lives of vulnerable young children, families, and mothers-to-be in Berkeley County. She has initiated top-quality programs including providing a doula to young women in the most rural and needy areas, offering a community health worker to Spanish-speaking families with SC PASOs, and bringing diverse people together for dinners to tackle critical, sensitive topics affecting children.
SHARON MIDDLETON MCGHEE
Minority & Women SBA Coordinator
Charleston County Aviation Authority
Sharon McGhee believes in helping people discover their purpose, grow, and succeed. In her professional role, she enjoys forming partnerships with minority and women entrepreneurs, ensuring they have an equal, fair opportunity to attain economic success. She is also the president of SLMM Enterprises, LLC, where she helps small businesses, an adjunct professor for the College of Charleston, and serves as a board member, speaker, and panelist for multiple organizations and events.
PAULA ORR, MD
Owner & Physician
Charleston Women's Wellness Center
Honored by Essence magazine as one of its "gynecologists we love," this founder of a 20-year-old preventative and alternative health practice for women has served women not only as patients, but in the community through her volunteer work. Dr. Paula Orr currently serves as president of the Charleston, SC chapter of The Links, Inc., is the former president of Jack & Jill of America, and was the only woman and African American to serve on the MUSC Board of Trustees during her time on the board from 2002 to 2010.
The leader of a large regional firm that has experienced tremendous growth and success, Pat Jones has exceeded goals, led multi-million-dollar projects, made bold investments, and inspired her employees to enjoy their jobs while ensuring that every single one of their guests has fun. In four decades, she has gone from working as a high school game attendant at her local amusement park to leading Carowinds to the largest growth in its history.
Chief Executive Officer
Center for Heirs Property Preservation
Since Jennie Stephens was hired as the founding director of nonprofit Center for Heirs Property Preservation, more than 226 title issues have been resolved on family land, with a total tax-assessed value of $13.6 million: more than those who hired her had dreamed possible. She has empowered countless African American families and women across coastal South Carolina to fight to maintain their family lands, and has served on the front lines of the battle to eliminate economic discrimination.
RITA LITTLES SCOTT
Vice President & General Manager (Retired), WCSC Live 5 TV
Rita Littles Scott began her broadcast career in North Carolina, Cleveland, and Chicago before coming to Charleston's CBS station, WCSC. In five years she was named the station's general manager: the first female to be so named in Charleston. During her tenure WCSC held the number one spot in ratings and revenue. In 2011, under her leadership, it launched Bounce Around Charleston, the first over-the-air news show for the black community.
Camela Guevara, Artist
Camela Guevara, a fiber artist and painter, creates intuitive gouache paintings as well as handmade monuments to unsung labor. Her work has been exhibited at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, North Charleston City Hall, Virago Gallery, and Redux Contemporary Art Center. She shares her passion for fiber art by teaching embroidery and mending, and is currently working on creating a handmade wardrobe to reduce dependency on fast fashion.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
In her highly visible role at BoomTown!, Shannon doesn't just drive revenue, sales, and the go-to market strategy of the firm, she is also a driving force behind its culture. She's passionate about creating an environment where all team members thrive; in fact, she was nominated by women she inspired while holding leadership roles at Blackbaud and Amazon. Shannon gives back to the community too, serving as a speaker on industry panels and other events like Women in Tech, and is board president for Operation Home.
Operations & Booking Manager
Dock Street Threatre
Romaine Heyward began her career in journalism and public relations, but switched gears to enter the event planning field, first for the Gaillard and then for the MOJA Arts Festival and Happy New Year Charleston. Today she helps to manage more than 150 performances each year at the historic Dock Street Theatre, from chamber music and dramas to musicals and lectures. She also serves on the boards of Charleston's Dress for Success and its Black Expo.
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