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Local female business leaders to be honored
by Nicole Dow
April 23, 2014 01:31 PM | 2442 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tasia Katapodis
Tasia Katapodis
Hala Moddelmog
Hala Moddelmog
Alana Shepherd
Alana Shepherd
Michelle Wells
Michelle Wells
Thirteen metro Atlanta female business leaders — four of whom live or work in Buckhead, Sandy Springs or Vinings — will be honored by Womenetics at its fifth annual POW! Awards ceremony April 30 at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. 

Womenetics is a Buckhead-based organization that develops, supports and inspires businesswomen.

“Womenetics and the POW! Awards are all about the business of women and why women are making such a positive impact on the economy and in our communities,” said founder and CEO Elisabeth Marchant. “These awards were set up from the very beginning as an opportunity for Womenetics to focus on high achievers: women who are living a life of purpose, women are making a difference in their communities and women who are exemplary examples of what we hope all women will emulate.”

The POW! Awards are presented in both Atlanta and Chicago. Marchant said community members submit recommendations for the honorees, who represent various employment industries, ethnicities and age groups.

Jacki Zehner, president and CEO of Women Moving Millions, will be the event’s keynote speaker. Local award honorees are: Tasia Katapodis, senior vice president of PNC Bank; Hala Moddelmog, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Alana Shepherd, founding board member of the Shepherd Center and Foundation; and Michelle Wells, lead physicist in radiation oncology at Piedmont Healthcare.

Shepherd, who lives in Vinings and works in Buckhead, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

“This is the first time that we have created this award,” Marchant said. “[Shepherd] has been a remarkable, transformational leader not only to this community but to the United States in the work that the hospital is doing.”

Shepherd said she feels honored for the recognition.

“Over many years I have been a mentor to some young women and I believe I have been open to a couple dozen who have asked for advice,” she said.

Said Sandy Springs resident Katapodis, “It is important to stand with a community of businesswomen, who believe they can make a difference and offer that knowledge to younger women, who can build on that foundation, so they may improve the lives of others, as well as their own, narrowing the disparity between women’s lives.”

Moddelmog, who lives in Sandy Springs, said it is important to identify and celebrate female leaders in a culture where only a small percentage of women hold CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies.

“Women business leaders provide a model for women to follow at various stages of their careers and demonstrate the potential that we have to increase our numbers in key leadership roles,” she said.

Wells, who works in Buckhead, said POW! alumnae are a group of talented female leaders known for transformation.

“It is exciting to be recognized as a transformative leader,” she said. “It means even more to know that others believe I create positive impact in both my professional and community activities.”

If you go:

What: Womenetics POW! Awards

When: April 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., downtown Atlanta

Tickets: $150 

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