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City OBO Director becomes Recipient of Women in Economic Development & Civil Leadership Awards

The City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities Director Tina Herbert was announced a recipient of the Women in Economic Development and Civil Leadership Awards on Monday, September 11, 2017.  Walker’s Legacy and the Walker’s Legacy Foundation proudly announced the recipients of its Women in Economic Development and Civic Leadership Awards in partnership with the African American Mayors Association (AAMA).

Recipients of the Women in Economic Development and Civic Leadership Awards are recognized as champions of policy and programs to advance economic development, entrepreneurship ecosystems and job opportunities within their community. Recipients must work for a government, non-profit or chamber entity.

“There is much work to be done to help multicultural women recognize and realize not only their spending power, but their growing potential to generate economic opportunities for themselves and for their communities,” said Herbert. “I’m happy to be a part of the movement.”

This year’s honorees include:

  • Aisha Glover, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark, NJ)
  • Barbara George Johnson, Executive Director, John S. Watson Institute (Trenton, NJ)
  • Carlecia D. Wright, Chief Diversity Officer & City Department Director, City of Houston (Houston, TX)
  • Courtney Johnson Rose, Chairwoman, Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (Houston, TX)
  • Courtney R. Snowden, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, Government of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
  • Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Invest Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
  • Lisa Cooper, Director of Economic Development, City of Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
  • McClain Bryant, Director of Policy at the Office of the Mayor, City of Kansas City (Kansas City, MI)
  • Tiffanie Stanard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stimulus (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Tina Herbert, Director, Office of Business Opportunities, City of Columbia (Columbia, SC)
  • Valerie Jackson, Director of Policy, Planning, and Development, City of East Orange (East Orange, NJ)

The program is chaired by Chair-women Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (D-MI), Marie C. Johns, former deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and managing partner at Leftwich, LLC and A’Lelia Bundles, author, biographer, and great-great-granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker. The program will also include the participation of Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (Baltimore City, MD),Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, Indiana),  Mayor Lovely Warren (Rochester, NY) and Mistress of Ceremonies, Lesli Foster, WUSA-9 anchor.

The panel program and awards reception to follow will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 during Annual Legislative Conference at the Microsoft Policy and Innovation Center. The panel program will begin at 4:30pm to be followed by the awards reception at 6:30pm.

For more information on the Walker’s Legacy Women in Economic Development and Civic Engagement Panel and Awards or to attend, please visit here.

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