Executive of the Year
Ms. Brenda Lauderback
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About our 2017 InfluenceHER Honorees
Brenda Lauderback is the Chairman of Denny's Corporation. She is the past President of Wholesale and Retail for Nine West Group, Inc., a footwear manufacturer and distributor. Previously, President of Wholesale, Manufacturing and Design for US Shoe Corporation which was acquired by Nine West Group. Prior, Vice President and General Manager for the Department Store Division of Target Corporation which included Dayton's, Hudson's and Marshall Fields. Responsibilities included Shoes, Accessories, Cosmetics, Intimate Apparel and Children's.
Current Public Company Directorships: Denny's Corporation--Board Chair
Sleep Number Corporation--Chair Compensation Committee, Audit Committee member, Wolverine World Wide--Past Chair Nominating and Governance, Audit Committee member.
Past Public Boards: Big Lots, Jostens Corporation, LP Corporation, Irwin Financial Corporation.
Not for profit: South Carolina Aquarium, Executive Leadership Council, Links Inc and numerous other volunteer organizations.
Past Board member Susan G Komen for the Cure Worldwide, and past member of The Committee of 200.
Married to Dr. Boyd Wright, two children Phallon and Adam Wright. Graduate of Robert Morris University, BS, Marketing.
Asha F. Jackson
Superior Court Judge in DeKalb County
The Honorable Asha F. Jackson is a Superior Court Judge in DeKalb County, Georgia where she was appointed to the bench in 2012 and elected in an uncontested race to another four year term in May of 2014. Judge Jackson has the distinct honor of having clerked for her predecessor on the bench, Judge Michael Hancock just after graduating from law school. Prior to becoming a Judge, Judge Jackson was a partner practicing commercial litigation out of the Atlanta office of Barnes and Thornburg, LLP and prior to this, she was a partner practicing tort litigation and professional negligence out of the Atlanta office of Carlock, Copeland, and Stair, LLP. While practicing, Judge Jackson tried numerous cases to verdict including mass tort, personal injury, product liability, and professional negligence cases on behalf of corporate and individual defendants. Her more notable cases include the representation of NFL football great Ray Lewis in a civil suit arising out of two murders after the Atlanta Super bowl and the representation of a funeral home sued after the owner of a North Georgia crematory failed to cremate hundreds of bodies.
In her current position, Judge Jackson presides over more than 1000 civil, criminal, and domestic cases assigned to her division and her responsibilities include presiding over various hearings, motions, and trials. Because of her passionate commitment to the community and her belief in young people, Judge Jackson created Project Pinnacle, a one year mandatory in-court experience requiring non-violent offenders under the age of 27 to meet with her and many volunteer community stakeholders. The goal of Project Pinnacle is to discourage offenders from committing further offenses by providing them with life skills training, GED and technical school assistance and moral recognition workshops. Project Pinnacle is a co-ed program and Judge Jackson is dedicated to restoring these offenders to a respectful position in society as law abiding mothers, fathers, students, business, and community leaders. Judge Jackson also created and presides over her courts first felony mental health accountability court, an intensive two year court program for persons charged with felonies whose crimes are derivative of their mental illness. The mental health court program provides clinical support, job training and assistance, and counseling to participants who are referred from various Superior Court Judges.
Judge Jackson is very active in the legal community. She has held various leadership positions in the Atlanta Bar Association, the Gate City Bar Association, and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. Judge Jackson was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only Trial Order for the top 1% of litigators in the country and she has been consistently recognized by her peers for excellence in litigation, professionalism, and service including being named to the Georgia Trend Magazine Top Attorney’s List in 2011, the Georgia Rising Stars List in 2009, 2010, and 2011, The Atlanta Daily Report Lawyer on the Rise Who is Under 40 List in 2012, a National Bar Association Trailblazer Under 40 in 2014, and the Urban League Advocate Award in 2015.
In her spare time, Judge Jackson volunteers with a number of groups and organizations including service as a Board Member on the State Commission on Family Violence, The Atlanta Area Council of Girl Scouts where she serves annually as the Judge for Law Merit Badge Day, The Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts where she teaches the Law Merit Badge and served as a fundraising captain, The National Advisory Board of Forever Family; a youth mentoring organization committed to servicing children of incarcerated parents through leadership where she has served as the immediate past chairwoman, and on various other service projects with her sorority---Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she is a member of the Atlanta Suburban Chapter. She is the recipient of various awards including the 2014 Urban League of Atlanta “Dream Catcher’s Award”, the 2013 Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service from the State Bar of Georgia, the 2013 Centennial Torch Award for Service and Leadership from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the 2013 “Women Looking Ahead Magazine” Women in Leadership Award, the 2012 Community Service Award from the Atlanta Bar Association, and the 2011 Whitney M. Young Service Award from the Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts. Judge Jackson is a member of the 2015 class of Leadership DeKalb.
Ms. Beauty P. Baldwin
Board Chair, North Metro Academy of Performing Arts
Ms. Gwen Boyd Moss
Founder, My Special Friendz Non Profit
Mrs. Beauty P. Baldwin is a native of Baldwin County, Georgia. She is a graduate of Savannah State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. She also has a Masters Degree and Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Georgia.
He education experience includes teaching Mathematics in Schley, Muscogee, and Gwinnett Counties. She served as a Coordinated Vocational Academics Education Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, GA. She was Principal of Buford Middle School and in June of 1984 was appointed Superintendent of Buford City Schools making her the first Black female school superintendent in the state of Georgia.
Mrs. Baldwin retired as Superintendent of Buford City Schools in June 1994. In 1997, she helped to establish Hopewell Christian Academy where she was administrator for 16 years. In June 2014 she founded North Metro Academy of Performing Arts, a Gwinnett County Charter where she serves as Board Chair.
She is involved in many community service organizations.
She is a long time member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and has served several terms on its board. She has received the Chambers “Public Service Award and its “Athena” Award. Presently she is on the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections, a member of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett, the View Point Community Service Board, the Jackson Election Foundation Board, where she serves as Chairman, and a founding member of Leadership Gwinnett. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Northeast Council of Boy Scouts of America serving as Vice President of Multicultural Markets.
Mrs. Baldwin is a lifetime member of the Savannah State University Alumni Association and a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. A member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church of Norcross where she serves as Elder, member of Deaconess Ministry, Shepherd’s Care Ministry and a member of the Finance Committee.
She is married to Lucious Baldwin and they have a daughter Geri, son-in-law Lorenzo and two grandchildren, Loren and Evan.
Ms. Janie Deadwyler
Founder, Angels In Distress, Inc.
Janie Deadwyler is a Speaker, Author, Consultant, Founder of Angels In Distress, Inc. “Transition from Domestic Violence”. She is the CEO of Victoryy Coaching LLC “Learning from Within” healing from past traumas, a Certified Youth Coach and Counselor. Janie has devoted her life to teaching others how to identify the red flags of an abuser whether male or female and how to avoid toxic relationships before becoming emotionally attached. Although she has had a few valley experiences, but through it all GOD has been there with her and made preparation for her purpose Angels In Distress, Inc. to come forth. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia born of parents who instilled the values of GOD first, service to others, prayer for strength, love and unwavering Faith.
She has always served others whether it was heading a mentoring program for inner city youth as a Volunteer Facilitator for the United Way. Inspiring and motivating others to keep their dreams alive, get an education and to keep the faith. Facilitating C-CAPPY at Salem Bible Church in Atlanta, volunteering for Domestic Violence Shelters encouraging mothers and comforting children.
She served the police department for nineteen years and employment there was a search for something different, challenging and motivating and as she states, “I got more than I asked for!” She began her career as a 9-1-1 Communications Dispatcher/Operator, worked very hard to make sure that the citizens of Atlanta were served in a timely manner and that her officers went home safe. Her dedication and drive was noticed by her superiors and she was promoted to Senior Dispatcher and tasked with the responsibility of training potential dispatchers. Shortly afterwards she became a training supervisor for the 9-1-1 Communications Center.
One of her greatest accomplishments she feels, was to serve as a Senior Instructor and HR Development Analyst and Training Coordinator for the Atlanta Police Training Academy where she was responsible for providing yearly mandated In-Service training and Specialize Training for over five-hundred-sixty Civilian employees. She also had the responsibility for developing training curriculums for the police department and outside agencies. This is a place where she was responsible for shaping and molding mindsets in preparation to meet the challenges on the streets of Atlanta.
Although she had wonderful growth professionally she endured some very trying times personally during her career. She never thought that the 9-1-1 calls she had taken in the past from victims of domestic violence, would be her emergency call as well approximately fifteen years later in her career within the police department.
Unknown to her colleagues as she encouraged them she dealt with a terrible secret. As she stood confident before others teaching, on how to identify an abuser to police officers, recruits and civilians encouraging and inspiring them, she was going through a very abusive relationship she was the primary domestic violence instructor. This dispelled a myth that abuse can happen to anyone.
She retired October 2008 to fulfill her call from GOD to dedicate her “talents” to training in awareness of domestic abuse, identifying the “red flags”.
The Founder of Angels In Distress, Inc. (A. I. D.) a 501© 3 non-profit organization. Currently providing training in awareness and prevention of domestic abuse.
She is a survivor of “Domestic Violence”.
GOD gave her a ministry out of her pain and showed her true life PURPOSE.
Nzinga Shaw is currently the senior vice president of community and concurrently works as the chief diversity & inclusion officer in the Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena organization. She is the first person to hold the CDIO position in the National Basketball Association and for all 122 North American professional sports teams. Shaw serves as a member of the Executive Committee and provides guidance to the leadership team in an effort to engender inclusion in every facet of the business. Shaw has developed a strategy to embed equity in all programmatic activities, governance and daily administration of the organization. She is focused on building a foundation that will advance this strategy as a core component of the Atlanta Hawks brand, and to drive the business. This initiative extends to fans, customers, community partners and to every employee within the workforce.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Hawks, Shaw has been at the forefront of leading organizational change through diversity. She served as senior vice president of diversity & inclusion at Edelman, the world’s largest and most profitable public relations/integrated marketing agency. Shaw also worked as a human resources practitioner at ESSENCE Magazine, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, and the National Football League. Recently, Shaw was appointed by the NBA to serve on the Global Inclusion Council. The GIC provides strategic guidance and serve as a catalyst for the league-wide diversity and inclusion strategy, drives an inclusive and innovative culture and increases the economic value of the NBA League office and teams.
In 2016, Shaw was an integral member of an internal team at the Hawks that launched the NBA’s first Unity Game, a unique game experience, celebrating multicultural groups, diverse populations and organizations committed to improving relations amongst different demographic sets.
Shaw is a recipient of several industry awards including The Network Journal “40 Under Forty,” PR Week “40 Under 40,” the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Women Who Mean Business,” Pepsi’s “The Recipe,” “National Medical Fellowships “2016 – Diversity Excellence Leader” award, and the Society for Diversity’s 2017 “Innovation and Inclusion Leadership Award for an Individual.” She is also on the Board of Directors of Microsoft’s youthSpark initiative and ADMAG - Atlanta Diversity Management Advocacy Group. Shaw is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and is an alumna of Spelman College (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MLA) and was a study abroad scholar at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Ms. Nzinga Shaw
Chief Diversity & Inclusion officer in the Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena Organization
2017 COMMUNITY AWARD
Ms. Hanan Waite
Founder, Earths Angels
2017 YOUTH AMBASSADOR
Ms. Evan Nicole Williams
CEO, The Guru Shop
Hanan Waite is a mother, neonatal nurse, author, and founder of Earth's Angels non profit organization. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, and orphaned at a very young age, she always knew that she wanted to help others that were in such desperate need in Ghana.
At age 15, she moved to the Unites States and became a U.S citizen, still knowing that she would somehow go back to Ghana and give back to those who need it most.
In 2012, she founded Earth's Angels with the dream that she could make a difference in the lives of mothers and babies all over the world. She now shares her stories of coming to the USA, her journey to become a nurse, and having almost lost her life during the birth of her first child.
Hanan coined the term "The Legacy Is Me" when she had a cathartic moment in 2013, realizing she could use her life's many struggles and pain as catalysts for greatness. She believes that we can all write our own legacy.
At the young age of 21, Evan-Nicole Williams has now built both a name and brand for herself. She is the owner of The Guru Shop located in Atlanta, GA and also the daughter of celebrity and award winning hairstylist, Sherita Cherry.
Following in her mother's footsteps, she has become an influential source in the social media community and also has started her brand as “The Hair Guruuu". With over 85,000 people following her life and hair tips via Instagram, Facebook & Snapchat,she has strived to make sure that she can help others who are interested in the beauty industry to perfect their craft as well. In addition to her business life, she is a complete socialite! She loves to hang with friends, travel, and enjoys going to the dog park with her dog, Denim.
She founded The Guru Shoppe, her online store, in June 2015. She began selling products, hair tools, and even her first, very own DVD. She takes pride in being able to teach others her techniques and also inspire them to pursue their dreams while taking on any challenges that may come their way.
This young entrepreneur is determined to make a difference and inspire those who are willing to learn.
Gwen Boyd Moss is a mother of 3, Justin (Jo Jo), Damon and Brandon. Inspired by her personal experience with her oldest son Justin, who was diagnosed with Autism at age 3 and Schizophrenia at age 14, she decided to
create a series of children’s books centered on the characteristics of children with special needs to assist their peers in understanding their developmental differences and encourage friendships. My Big Brother Jo Jo & His
Friend Schizophrenia is the first book release to the series “My Special Friend.”
A motivational speaker, it is her desire and passion to continue to bring awareness and inspire hope. She understands the despair that is felt when you receive any diagnosis for your child, and how this can affect
everyone in direct connection with the child. She believes that you cannot let the diagnosis and statistics determine how far your child can go, but that you must BUILD on the gifts that your child may have!!!
Gwen’s personal journey has been one of triumph and struggle. She is a professional licensed Realtor of 16 years in Georgia, and has now added to her resume Reality TV personality. She is featured as a main character
on the WeTV Reality Series which premiered on November 5, 2015, “Selling In The ATL – and has been seen on a slew of Morning TV Segments, mainstream media inc. Forbes.com & AJC.com & more.
She recently launched her non profit organization to further her mission called My Special Friendz