Chair: Karen Trylovich, A Classical Affair
The Women's Business Network provides a forum for women in business to form relationships with their peers, provide an educational platform, give back to the community and be a source for professional women to be mentored. The Women's Business Network focus is on the areas of Networking, Community, Education and Mentorship.
Participate in one of our 2017 events:
Women's Business Network Luncheons (Bi monthly)
January 17, 2017: "One Man's Influence on Georgia: One Woman's Quest to Tell His Story" -- event has passed; please join us at a future event!
Join Author Lee C. Dunn as she discusses her book Cracking the Solid South: The Life of John Fletcher Hanson, Father of Georgia Tech. Lee Dunn has researched southern history, garden and landscape history, and genealogy for over twenty years. She has been deeply involved in promoting the preservation and awareness of southern gardens and landscapes for seventeen years, through her service as a leader in The Garden Club of Georgia's historic landscape preservation efforts, and was inducted into UGA's Sigma Pi Kappa Honor Society in recognition of her leadership acheivement in historic preservation of Georgia's cultural landscapes.
John Fletcher Hanson founded Bibb Marketing, owned the Macon Telegraph, and is considered the father of Georgia Tech. He was a guiding force in the industrialization of the South, especially in manufacturing and transportation. This book chronicles the life of an influential and controversial Georgia industrialist whose impact on the state's post-Civil War development has never been fully explored.
March 21, 2017: "The Fed Explained: Telling the Story of the U.S. Central Bank" with Susan Berthelot, Communications Director on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Public Affairs team -- event has passed; please join us at a future event!
Do you ever wonder what the Federal Reserve really does, or why it focuses on certain aspects of the U.S. economy? Join us on March 21 to hear the story of the nation's central bank - what it is, what it isn't, and how it works. Meet Susan as she helps demystify the Fed and shares her experiences working for the Federal Reserve bank.
Susan joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in 2013 as director of internal communications on the Public Affairs team. She and her team oversee internal, executive, and digital communications for the Federal Reserve's Sixth District. Susan's career before the Fed included 25 years in Atlanta in a variety of public affairs and communication management roles at organizations including AT&T/BellSouth, Cox Enterprises, and Aon Hewitt.
During her career, Susan and her communications teams have received more than 45 professional awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Associated Press, PR News, and other organizations.
Whether you are a corporate employee, a small business owner or a non-profit executive, you need to engage your customers and volunteers. In this presentation, Lisa Ford will explain why customer service alone will not lead to long-term survival. Today's organizations must focus on the customer experience and retention with renewed energy. The challenge is to get customers to love your products, services and people. Lisa relates statistics, strategies and stories so the audience leaves with ideas and the desire to win and keep customers.
Lisa Ford is a speaker with over 20 years of experience presenting to businesses, association and government. She speaks throughout the United States and internationally on topics of customer service, leadership, team issues, and change. Lisa is best known for her work in the areas of customer service. She is the author of the videotape series "How to Give Exceptional Customer Service," the #1 selling business tapes in the U.S. for over 3 years. Her other videos and audiotapes include: "Developing a Customer Retention Program," "Building a Customer Driven Organization: The Manager's Role," and "Personal Power." Her recent book is "Exceptional Customer Service - Going Beyond Good Service to Exceed the Customer's Expectations."
August 15, 2017: TBA
October 17, 2017: TBA
Women of Distinction Award (Annual)
The Women's Business Network's Woman of Distinction Award is given to a woman in the local community who has demonstrated exceptional leadership through professional endeavors and community involvement, has generously shared her time and talents to demonstrate a sense of social responsibility, and has made a difference in Sandy Springs.
The Woman of Distinction Award is given annually at the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber's November luncheon. The recipient of 2016's Award is Tisha Rosamond, Owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Sandy Springs.
In 2010 Tisha was at the top of her game as a corporate executive progressing through the highly matrixed infrastructure of the hospitality sector at a Fortune 1000 company. She was well respected and known for getting things done. But after 20 years of being in the corporate world, Tisha wanted a change of scenery. She wanted to apply her expertise in creating and developing customer-centric brand experiences and do something that was more meaningful, made people truly happy, and gave back to the community. When she visited a Nothing Bundt Cakes in Dallas, TX, an idea began to take shape. In 2011, Tisha happily traded in her heels for an apron and opened the first Nothing Bundt Cakes east of the Mississippi River with her sister Shannon Van Meter.
Since opening its doors 5 years ago, the bakery has become a huge success and is loved by their many, many loyal customers as well as the first-time walk-in visitors! Tisha and Shannon's shop has become a training ground for new bakeries as they go through the opening process and a testing location for new ideas coming out of the main office. They were named Small Business of the Year their first year open and received numerous corporate awards. Behind the scenes, Tisha and her sister have touched the heart of Sandy Springs with both community involvement and their cakes.
Women's Business Network Fashion Show (Annual)
Join the Women's Business Network on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 5:30 - 9:30 PM at the UPS World Headquarters at 55 Glenlake Parkway NE for a night of celebration for a great cause! Food and beverages will be supplied by favorite local restaurants and Jackson Family Winery. Raffle tickets will be available at Chamber Events and at the Drake Closet in Sandy Springs - take home a glamourous prize! A Drake Closet pop-up shop will be on site for all of your shopping needs.
The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless single mothers and their children in North Metro Atlanta, designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency.
The Drake Closet of Sandy Springs opened in late 2016 and features new and gently used ladies clothing, shoes, and accessories. Donations of women's clothing, shoes and accessories are accepted at stores during the week, and items are provided to mothers as needed. All sale proceeds go to support The Drake House.
Tickets for the 5th Annual Fashion Show are available NOW. Tickets are $30 for SSPC Members, $35 for Non-members, and limited tables of 8 are available for $300. Sponsorship opportunities are also available!