This Power Breakfast, themed “Women Supporting Women” has been developed to support and connect women executives and entrepreneurs of color throughout metropolitan Atlanta.
WJZA, Atlanta’s new smooth jazz radio station, is the exclusive media partner for this event. Smooth Jazz 101.1 delivers an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz, light rock, soft pop, and R&B classics.
This inaugural event will bring together influential women throughout metro Atlanta area and surrounding areas who are demonstrating leadership skills in their respective industries while making an impact in and on our community.
It will also feature an intimate panel-style conservation hosted by The Atlanta Voice’s Publisher Janis L. Ware.
The 2018 African American Women Trailblazers honorees include: Justine Norman Boyd (Regional Development Director UNCF), TIffini Gatlin (CEO Latched and Hooked Beauty), Sarah Elizabeth- Reed (Former First Lady of Atlanta), Leona Barr-Davenport (President & CEO Atlanta Business League) and Astra Armbrister- Rolle (Consul General to the Bahamas Consulate in Atlanta). More about this year’s honorees:
Justine Norman Boyd has a long and exemplary record of service, leadership, and advocacy. She is currently the Regional Development Director for the Atlanta Region of UNCF where she oversees the development initiatives of six states which supports 24 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Justine was appointed by the Secretary of State to the Georgia Voting Commission. Justine is a member of the Atlanta Business League and a Junior League sustainer.
Tiffini Gatlin is a pioneer in the beauty industry. In 2014 she created and patented the first pre-curled and looped synthetic hair for crochet hairstyling. She’s successfully launched two beauty brands and has been featured in ESSENCE, Allure, Black Enterprise and more. Tiffini lives in Atlanta with her husband and 4 children.
Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed, the most recent First Lady of Atlanta is a native of Atlanta. Her late father, Senator Arthur Langford Jr. was a minister and a Georgia State Senator and at 23 years old was the youngest member ever elected to the Atlanta City Council. Her mother, an attorney and prominent community leader formerly served as the Atlanta City Attorney. Reed currently works for a national technology firm which consults with private and public entities on various technology initiatives. In February 2017, Governor Nathan Deal appointed her to the Georgia Board of Regents. She serves on boards including the Atlanta Children’s Museum, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), the Motherless Daughters Foundation and the nonprofit BIH.
Leona Barr-Davenport is president & CEO of the Atlanta Business League, Atlanta’s oldest minority business development and advocacy organization. She works with the board to provide increased access to business opportunities for minorities with specific emphasis on the development of businesses owned by African-Americans.
Astra Armbrister-Rolle currently serves as Consul General to The Bahamas Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia. As a first time envoy, Rolle brings a wealth of experience as a fundraising professional in the non-profit sector specializing in annual giving management, prospect development and donor stewardship. Having served in both private and not-for-profit entities Rolle has managed the portfolios of organizations, implemented fundraising strategies, oversaw membership and grants programs, and coordinated volunteer leadership for fundraising efforts and major campaigns.