About our 2012 InfluenceHER Honorees
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Executive of the Year
Ms. Janice Andrews
Janice Andrews specializes in Commercial Lease Management and currently serves as General Manager under the Brokerage Management Division of Apollo Associates Realty for Capitol City Bank & Trust Company’s 25,000 square foot Office Building and Peachtree Branch located in Downtown Atlanta.
Mrs. Andrews has a diverse background in customer service, training, project management and implementation. She worked for 22 years with GALILEO International, a Cendant Company, one of the world’s leading providers of electronic global distribution services that connects over 43,500 travel agency locations to airlines, car rental companies, hotel properties, tour operators, and major cruise lines throughout the world.
As the wife of George Andrews, Founder, President, & CEO of Capitol City Bank & Trust Company, an African American Owned & Operated Community Bank, Janice serves as a key community relations advocate for the bank and partners with her husband in various aspects of promoting economic empowerment within the urban communities. Their combined community outreach efforts to promote viable and empowered sustainable communities are based on the simple principles that leadership and communication plays a vital role in discerning all aspects of economic empowerment. And, as empowered communities, we must be able to articulate our vision -which is through “communication” and implement our mission-which is through “leadership” for the betterment of our community.
With several board memberships, various community & non-profit affiliations, Janice is actively involved with Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization that is among the premier world leaders in helping people become effective communicators and public speakers. As the 2011-2012 District 14 Lieutenant Governor Marketing, Georgia Toastmasters, she serves as the third-ranking Senior Officer and is tasked with the responsibility of all aspects of marketing, club-building, along with member and club retention efforts within the district. As a member of Toastmasters International, she is passionate about motivating and inspiring people to speak and lead with confidence. This passion began her pathway towards “Self Discovery” that continues to evolve into a magical transformation in the world of communication and leadership.
Board Membership and Affiliations
Toastmasters International - District 14, State of Georgia
2011-2012 Lieutenant Governor Marketing
2010-2011 District 14 Division A3 Area Governor
2009-2010 District 14 District Charter Officer and Division I 81 Area Governor
Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative on Homelessness City of Atlanta, DeKalb County & Fulton County
Advisory Board Vice-Chair
The National Assoc. Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club, Inc., The Metro Atlanta Club
Wren’s Nest Museum & Joel Chandler Harris Association
BTW High School of Banking, Finance & Investment Advisory Board President
West End Merchants Coalition
Adams Park Neighborhood Association
Ms. Tanya Rodriguez
Tanya Rodriquez is a woman full of passion. For her foundation, the Frank Ski Kids Foundation, for the arts and entertainment world, for altruistic causes and most of all, for her family. Tanya, wife of radio personality Frank Ski, seems to define work/life balance, knowing that while her philanthropic efforts are an integral part of her life, her family is first and center.
Tanya hails from Baltimore, Maryland, where she attended the University of Maryland and received a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Although offered a position with CNN, where she interned as a college student, she declined and started her career in radio as a DJ for Power 99 in Philadelphia. Next, Tanya went to WBGR, where she worked as a news reporter and DJ.
When she and Ski moved to Atlanta, Tanya wanted to take advantage of her training and pursue a career in television broadcasting. She was interviewing with WXIA Channel 11, when she found out she was pregnant. She decided family came before a full-time career and didn’t take the position, but later, drew on her parenting experiences to do a parenting segment for the station with her friend Tiffany Cochran, who was an anchor at the station.
It didn’t take long for Tanya to put her talents to use in other ways. She drew on her humanitarian efforts, including her office position with her sorority, AKA, which focuses on service initiatives, to help children and families in need. Together with her husband, Tanya established the Frank Ski Kids Foundation, which provides financial assistance to low-income youth and youth-serving agencies to expand opportunities for educational, athletic and cultural learning. The foundation has provided extraordinary experiences for children, including excursions to Ecuador to explore The Galapagos Islands and the Charles Darwin Research Station and NASA’s Space and Rocket Center Space Camp and Space Academy in Alabama. The foundation also hosts Youth Bowl, Atlanta’s ultimate youth football playoffs and championship games and Kids Week, a week of fun-filled activities for children of all ages. Corporations and local businesses help sponsor events such as a talent competition and Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta tours. To help support the foundation, Tanya and Frank host an annual wine tasting at their home, an event that draws celebrities and local luminaries together to celebrate theefforts of the foundation and to raise funds.
Tanya also hosts The Local Legends Luncheon, which recognizes the achievements of outstanding high school students.
Finding the balance is a something that seems to come naturally to Tanya, who says organization is key to keeping harmony and structure.
Ms. Pat Lottier
Pat Lottier is a visionary, who is committed to excellence, community involvement and making a difference in the lives of those in her community. She has accomplished most of the goals by using her publication, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, to enlighten the business community with information and articles that inform, motivate, educate and inspire.
Ms. Lottier is publisher and chief executive officer of the award winning monthly magazine that covers and reports on business-related stories affecting the African-American community in metropolitan area Atlanta. Pat and her husband, George, purchased the tabloid-looking newspaper in 1987. The vision then and the vision now, is still the same – commitment to producing a high quality publication that effectively serves the African American business community.
Since purchasing the publication, Ms. Lottier has restructured and expanded the publication’s staff, enhanced its layout and design, extended the scope of the news coverage and has overseen a dramatic increase in subscription. So much so, Lottier and her staff have won journalism awards from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and The Atlanta Association of Media Women. And, Lottier was the only African American publisher listed in “Who’s Who in Media” in the 1995 Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Ms. Lottier holds a Master’s Degree from Emory University in Public Health Care Administration. She also has Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Connecticut; a diploma degree from John Hopkins Hospital and was formerly a registered nurse for many years, before the publishing business beckoned.
With all of her board affiliations, awards and citations, Lottier continues to make time for community initiatives through her Magazine and through hands on contact in the community. Under Lottier’s leadership as secretary for the Magazine’s Scholarship Foundation, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine has taken an aggressive posture in its participation in community affairs. The company sponsors fundraising events for non-profit organizations such as the Sickle Cell Foundation, Hands on Atlanta, the United
Ms. Solange Warner
Solange Warner is the World Chamber of Commerce’s Founder and the first President.
As President of the WCC, she developed the organization from the ground up, establishing the entire structure of the organization, including Board of directors, some of which are President of Countries, Ambassadors, Senators, Consuls and other dignitaries, such as Ambassador Andrew Young, WCC Honorary Chairman, President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, WCC Honorary Chairman, Ambassador Charles Shapiro, WCC Co-Chairman, Consul General of United Kingdom, WCC Co-Chairman, Senator Gloria Butler, Senator Curt Thompson, and members of the Consular Corps of Georgia, among others. Additionally, she developed initiatives such as “The International Hero Awards” (www.worldchamberc.org).
Furthermore, she developed the WCC humanitarian Initiative, “Human Trafficking Awareness to Keep Our Children Safe” to promote awareness of such a devastating issue for our society. In addition, she developed the humanitarian initiative “Haiti Relief Effort” sending airplanes to Haiti with humanitarian aids for the earthquake victims.
Additionally, Solange Warner is the creator, producer and moderator for Global Matters television show. The purpose of the show is to create awareness regarding international matters that have a positive influence on Georgia’s economy, such as business, cultural and humanitarian exchange worldwide. Viewers have the opportunity to learn about international events, companies doing international trade, and therefore, Atlanta progressing to a more cosmopolitan city. Among the guests for the shows are Mayor of the City of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, the Dean of the Consular Corps of Georgia/Consul General of Germany, Dr. Lutz Georgens, Consul General of France, Pascal LeDeunff, and others.
Furthermore, Solange Warner is the Founder, CEO and President of Ashton International, a prominent international consulting firm . Solange assists companies expanding their business into global markets.
Solange has over 20 years experience in international markets, working previously as a senior manager for Multinational Accounts at American Express, where she worked 7 years. She managed accounts such as IBM, Microsoft, HP, Motorola, Ford Motor Company, Proctor and Gamble, AT&T, and other fortune 500 Multinational corporations. Solange was responsible for managing and expanding the business relationship between AMEX and the Multinational corporations. She was recognized for developing the relationship with the “White House”, Government account and AMEX/GTMS (Group Travel Management Services) meetings and conventions.
Ms. Juanita Washington
As a recognized leader and pioneer in healthcare and rehabilitation, Juanita Washington is one of today’s healthcare providers boldly changing the face of healthcare in America. Washington is President and CEO of Anuschka Health Care Management Group (AHCMG)a highly regarded Management Group that specializes in partnering with healthcare providers to deliver innovative programs that meet the needs of the community.
With a focus on the Aging community and the growing issues they face, Washington has developed a keen reputation for predicting trends that turns today’s challenges into opportunities for tomorrow. AHCG offers specialty hospitals, rehabilitation centers, integrated services and futuristic offerings that continue to garner national attention. Under Washington’s guidance, AHCMG has become a recognized leader known for providing the best rehabilitation that medicine has to offer while breaking the mold of traditional hospitals and medical practices.
Washington’s healthcare group harnesses advances in medicine, science and technology to strengthen their practices and find sustainable ways to improve their services and offerings. She is also hard at work focusing on integrated health solutions and unique support services for the Aging Community and other global health issues.
In the spirit of creating critical platforms and new offerings in healthcare, one of Washington’s areas of focus continues to be implementing exclusive, first-class care, services and specialty-care facilities that offer an unrivaled experience. Most recently, she unveiled several new projects including new medical spas, extraordinary day spas and the development of an $80 million dollar upscale, enhanced living and healthcare community slated for roll out in Cherokee County (Georgia) later this year, to name a few. Her passion for enriching and scaling up the quality of care is not just highly regarded, but also a platform helping put Americans back to work.
Washington’s long-term strategic plan for AHCMG includes continuing to expand its footprint in the post-acute space, building out its free standing hospital operations.
Ms. Stacii Jae Johnson
Stacii Jae Johnson, is an accomplished business strategist, program developer, fundraiser, and professional actress with over 15 years of experience in the field of project development, fundraising, entertainment and marketing. Her career includes developing multi-faceted media strategies for theatre/film/television media campaigns as well as securing capital to fund various film/television/ stage productions. She has worked with You Go Boy Productions and Universal Studios.
As an actress, Stacii Jae has co- starred as the character Peaches in Martin Lawrence’s “A Thin Line between Love and Hate”, How to Be a Player with Bill Bellamy and Bernie Mac. She eventually went on to co-star in various films, television and stage with Will Smith, Charles Dutton, Isaiah Washington, Rockmund Dunbar and Eminem.
In the 2008 presidential primary, Stacii Jae created Young Professionals in Atlanta for Hillary and Generation C, in Los Angeles and served on Mrs. Clinton’s national finance committee. Most recently Stacii Jae worked as an Ambassador and surrogate to Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed’s 2009 campaign, while also developing and implementing several successful fundraising and outreach strategies with Ludacris, Usher, Shaquille O’Neal, Jamie Foxx, Jermaine Dupri, Keri Hilson, Jamal Crawford and many others. This led to Stacii being the leading individual fundraiser in the Reed campaign.
Stacii Jae is currently the Entertainment and Special Events Director in the Office of Mayor Kasim Reed, where she oversees the permitting process of all current outdoor festivals, large gatherings and assemblies, handles the logistics and planning of events which support the Mayor’s initiatives and creates high- profile special events that stimulate the city of Atlanta both culturally and economically. She has also most recently been tasked with researching, developing and overseeing a new proposed office within the Office of Mayor Reed, tentatively called The Mayor’s Office of Film, Television, Music and Digital Media Development.
Stacii holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College, the National Association of Spelman College Alumnae Association, Vice Chair of Mayor’s Masked Ball and the Junior League of Atlanta.
2012 Spotlight Honoree
Ms. Sasha The Diva
Sasha the Diva can be heard on Atlanta’s R&B Station KISS 104.1 during The Tom Joyner Morning Show with her feature called “I’m Just Saying” with Sasha the Diva.
Sasha the Diva, a New York City native, made the transition to Atlanta from Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining KISS 104.1 in 2002, Sasha hosted "Midday with Sasha" on Baltimore’s Magic 95.9 and was the co-host of the #1 morning show for 5 years.
In addition to her daily radio show, Sasha could be seen on TV21 as the host off Café Baltimore.
Sasha did not stop there she did it again! Sasha is the nation’s Diva with her syndicated television show called "Makeover Manor", currently airing on TV-One. Makeover Manor has an audience of 5 million. Sasha knew she wanted to do television and film and has appeared in several movies from "The Gospel" with Boris Kodjoe, Omar Gooding, Donnie Mc Clurkin and Yolanda Adams where she played herself - a successful radio/television personality to Tyler Perry’s movie “Daddy Little Girls” with Indris Elba and Gabrielle Union. Sasha was also the guest host off UPN’’s “Atlanta Tonight” TV Show. Viewers from all over the world have watched the hottest award shows and Sasha has worked The Red Carpet Events for The Grammy’s, BET Award Show, Trumpet Awards, and Billboard Awards to The Oscars.
Sasha has been tied to national endorsements from Air Tran Airways, Mercedes Benz to Pro 10 a 4 billion dollar international hair company where she promotes the products through television, radio, and print around the country. This proves that whether flying or driving you are in good hands..........The Diva’s hands!!
2012 Spotlight Honoree
Ms. Tanisha Taylor
As the daughter of NFL Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor and Deborah Garrett, Tanisha’s background allowed her the opportunity to grow in a well rounded environment while learning the importance of self awareness and self acceptance. Since a young age her passion has driven her to care for the best interest of others. Her sensitivity and empathetic nature allows her to give of herself wholeheartedly in pursuit of producing the genuine smile of another. Realizing her true passion and God given talents she began her journey toward a global movement and the start of her local organization called Project Future Inc.
Project Future Inc. is a local 501-c3 organization in the Cobb County area made up of 6 executive board members and 5 directors. For the past 4 years they have held true to their mission of guiding the youth into becoming well rounded and responsible citizens of their communities. Together they have developed programs and opportunities for young citizens to learn and grow in the areas of cultural diversity, personal wellness and education.
Over the last year, Project Future has successfully made an impact in the lives of 36 young girls through the implementation of the D.R.E.A.M. (Determined Responsible Educated Active Motivated) and H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Prosper Through Education) programs. Two promising programs that help to build self-esteem, identify life goals, embrace acceptance, create outside bonds, as well as a host of other well-rounded skills that young girls often lack. These two sister programs have completed well over 100 community service hours since their inception.
Project Future seeks to create and implement several programs that will help to guide the youth across America.
Mistress of Ceremony
Ms. Beth Borden- Goodman
Beth Borden-Goodman is the CEO of Kingdom Klothes & Kingdom Kouture ~ "it’s an honor to clothe you in righteousness". Beth's company is the premiere clothing line that fuse faith with high-fashion. Beth is also a motivational speaker.
As a rising visionary and leader, Beth has been captivating the minds and hearts of those that are ambitious to make a difference in life and the lives of others In 2005, Beth discovered opportunities to give back to her community by collaborating with non-profit organizations via her Klothing for a Kure Kollection which includes awareness for HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, ovarian cancer and breast cancer of which Beth was diagnosed two years later in August 2007. As a young survivor of stage 2 breast cancer, the self-proclaimed Premiere Pink Diva is determined to infect the world with her apparel and sprinkles.
Ms. Tierra Destiny Reid
Tierra Destiny Reid, Owner of Stylish Consignments Boutique in Lilburn Ga, is An entrepreneurs entrepreneur! After launching a successful retail establishment in today's economy following a massive layoff from Macy's Corporate offices, Tierra began consulting other business owners on sales and marketing techniques.
Her passion, solid strategy and results landed national speaking opportunities and media features including CBS, Fox 5 Atlanta, and ABC's Good Morning America. Tierra currently devotes her time to working with women in retail and sales outside of her boutique. She is a proud military wife and mother of two. tierradestinyreid.com