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Leading Ladies Awards

July 23, 2020 - Noon

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The Leading Ladies Awards Brunch serves as a forum for recognizing outstanding women and organizations in southern Alabama, and is an important fundraising event and promotion for Girl Scouting in the southern Alabama service area. 

The Leading Ladies Award celebrates individuals who are making a positive impact in their professional lives and in their communities, especially when they are directing those efforts to support the advancement of girls and women.

The Leading Workplace for Women Award recognizes an organization that supports girl and women's leadership and success. Equal opportunity in the workplace helps women reach their potential and allows the community to fully benefit.

Consider making a donation in honor of a Leading Lady or the event.

2020 Leading Lady Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor


Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor


2020 Leading Lady Nominees
Tonya Allen, Administrator, Eastdale Estates     Danielle Allison, Executive Director, Ms. J.D

LaShandra Warren-Barnes, Court Administrator, 15th Judicial Circuit


Senitha Barnett, Teacher, Lanier High School

Kynesha Brown, Director of Public Relations, Alabama Education Association


Amanda Davis, CFO, Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood, Inc.

Susan Gaines, Interim Head of School, Eastwood Christian School


Aigner Kolom, Attorney, Beasley Allen Law Firm

Ashley Jernigan, Owner, JDB Hospitality, LLC


Greta Lambert, Associate Artistic Director, Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Anetta “Lisa” Minney,  Human Resources Officer, Alabama National Guard     Ashley Taylor, Senior Manager, Jackson Thorton


Suzanna Wasserman, Director of Marketing, The Shoppes at Eastchase



Patty Hackett, Marion Helton, Rhonda Thompson

“Smart Girls”: The Nehemiah Center, Chisholm Boys & Girls Club, Highland Gardens

2020 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
Alabama State Bar
Leadership Montgomery
2019 Leading Lady Nominees
Whitney Califf, Development Director, Central Alabama Community Foundation Shawn Cole, Shareholder, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole and Black, P.C.
Christy Crow, Partner, Jinks, Crow, Dickson, P.C. Helena Duncan, Regional President, Liberty Bank & Trust
Allison Garrett, Lead Engineer, Project and Development Controls, SABIC  Major General Sheryl Gordon, Adjutant General, Alabama National Guard

Lora McClendon, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

Ann Sikes, President, Montgomery Education Foundation
Julie Wriston, Homeschool Educator, Wiregrass Homeschool Junior Civitan Club  
2019 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
 AmeriFirst Bank         EduWerx
 Inspirien    River Region Dermatology and Laser, P.C. 
2018 Leading Lady and Workplace

   2018 Leading Lady

Jannah Bailey
Jannah is the Executive Director of Child Protect, an organization whose mission is to interview, counsel, and be an advocate for children where there are allegations of abuse. For 17 years, Jannah has left a handprint on thousands of child in our community through Child Protect. In addition, she has worked tirelessly over the past few years to expand Child Protect’s services to ensure even more children are helped. Jannah has overcome great obstacles throughout her life with strength, dignity and grace, setting an example for every girl, young and old. Jannah is a graduate of Leadership Alabama Class 25. She, alongside her staff, was named the River Region’s Citizen of the Year in 2017. Jannah currently serves as the secretary for the Montgomery Sunrise Rotary Club. Jannah lives the Rotary motto of “service above self” by most recently accepting the calling to become a candidate for the Montgomery Public School System Board in District 5. As a graduate of Lanier High School, she is passionate about children having equal access to quality public education. Jannah and her husband, Bob, have two sons, two daughters-in-law and four precious grandchildren. Jannah is a Girl Scout alumna.

 2018 Leading Workplace


USAmeriBank was founded in 2007 under the concept of building a bank that succeeds through local decision making, driven by bankers with deep roots in the local community. Earlier this year, a merger was announced with Valley National Bank. Valley believes that success can be measured through their actions in the local community. Valley is committed to supporting women in business, and they achieve that through their Women Entrepreneurs program. Valley’s mission is to become the “bank of choice” for women professionals by enriching both their personal and professional lives through personalized banking solutions, networking and educational opportunities. Valley values their female employees, promoting women throughout the company to executive levels.

2018 Leading Lady Nominees
Jannah Bailey, Executive Director, Child Protect Tiffany Bell, Owner & Manager, Pure Barre Montgomery & East Montgomery
Amanda Curran, Meteorologist, WSFA-TV Joyce Loyd-Davis, Nurse Practioner, Alabama State University
Ali Hawthorne, Principal, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. Felicia A. Long, Shareholder, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C.

Katie Lowder, Owner, Pure Barre Montgomery

Jennifer Nichols, Founder & President, Hand Up Enterprise
Pamela Schisler, Volunteer, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Charisse Stokes, President, Tidal IT Solutions
Ronda Walker, Vice-Chairman, Montgomery County Commision Christina Steiner-Wilcoxson, Head Softball Coach, Alabama State University
2018 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. Jackson Thornton
Nona Maria, Inc. DBA Tomatinos and Café Louisa Valley National Bank (formerly USAmeriBank)
2017 Leading Lady and Workplace

2017 Leading Lady 

Leading Lady and Girl Scout Alumna Danielle Ward Mason was named Principal at Beasley Allen Law Firm in 2015. She is the first African American woman to achieve this status with the firm. She joined Beasley Allen as an Associate in 2009.   Continue >


2017 Leading Workplace

2017 Leading Lady Nominees
Twyanna P. Frazier, Senior Research Analyst, Southern Poverty Law Center Leslie Sanders, Vice President Southern Division, Alabama Power Company
Angela James, Senior Manager, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC Danielle Ward Mason, Principal, Beasley Allen Law Firm
Rosalind R. James, Agent, AL Cooperative Extension System Carrie G. Shaw, Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
Nancy Karrick, Beta State President, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Claire Well, Owner, UPS Stores
Cami Lawson, Director, GovDeals Kelli Wise, Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court
Linda Lund, Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court Temisha M. Young, Director, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce
2017 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
Baptist Health Beasley Allen Law Firm
Family Sunshine Center Junior League of Montgomery


   2019 Leading Lady

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Major General Gordon assumed her duties as the Adjutant General of Alabama, August 1, 2017. As Adjutant General, she advises the Governor on military affairs and commands the Alabama Army and Air National Guard and its more than 12,300 citizen Soldiers and Airmen. During her many years of service, MG Gordon has been decorated with many awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters and other various federal and state awards. MG Gordon made history in 2009 when she became the Alabama National Guard’s first female general officer. She was promoted to Major General in 2011. MG Gordon’s priority is ensuring that soldiers and airmen are prepared with the proper training and equipment to be ready for anything. She is also a proponent of young women entering the National Guard, encouraging them to always behave in a professional manner.

 2019 Leading Workplace

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River Region Dermatology was founded by Dr. Porcia Bradford Love in 2016. The practice employs fifteen medical professionals, all of whom are women. Due to a shortage of dermatologists in the area, Dr. Love decided to start her practice here in her hometown. Inspired by a true servant’s heart, Dr. Love infused this leadership component into the practice and encourages all her employees to give back on a regular basis. The practice works with many other non-profits in the community by providing free medical services to those without insurance. In addition, Dr. Love and her staff are serving as mentors and training medical students and resident physicians. When the women of the practice aren’t busy seeing patients, you will see them in the community involved in Junior League, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and serving on various non-profit boards.


For more information on the Leading Ladies Brunch, how to sponsor, or how to nominate a Leading Lady, contact Chief Development Officer, Alicia Schneider.