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Release Date: 03.27.2008 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Siegel Institute

Celebrate Phenomenal Women in Leadership, Ethics & Character

Acknowledge Excellence and Support Achievements by Honoring the Finalists with Your Attendance

On Thursday, April 3, 2008, nine exemplary women from the Atlanta area will be announced as the winners and runners-up for the Siegel Institute's Phenomenal Woman Awards of Leadership, of Ethics, and of Character. The Gala Awards Dinner will be held at 6:00pm following the close of the Phenomenal Women's Conference that day. A reception will be held at 5:00pm honoring the nominees, nominators and dinner guests. All events will take place at the Kennesaw University Center near the KSU campus.

The Siegel Institute's annual Phenomenal Woman's Conference has been honoring one awardee each year since 2000. Now in its eighth year, the award categories have been expanded to emphasize achievements in the Siegel Institute's areas of programs and expertise: leadership, ethics, and character.

From educators to executives, financial planners to coaching experts, legal counsels to musicians, these women exemplify Maya Angelou's "phenomenal woman" concept in her beloved poem of that name. The Siegel Institute encourages community support of the finalists being honored with these awards through your attendance at the Gala Dinner Awards event.

Finalists for the Phenomenal Woman of Leadership Awards:

Jacqueline Berkelhamer - Senior Financial Planner, Consolidated Planning Corporation, Atlanta
Lana Wachniak - Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University
Jacqueline Welch - Vice President for Employee and Organizational Effectiveness, Rock-Tenn Company.

Finalists for the Phenomenal Woman of Ethics Awards:

Phyllis Carrera - Founder and CEO, HumanArts, Atlanta
Lynn Chastain - Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Flora Devine - Special Assistant to the President for Legal Affairs and Diversity, Kennesaw State University

Finalists for the Phenomenal Woman of Character Awards:

Miriam Boeri - Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University
Kimberly Bearden - Co-Founder of the Ron Clark Academy inner-city youth middle school, Atlanta
Barbara Hammond - Lecturer of Music and Music Education, Kennesaw State University

Nominations for the awards were open to the community from September through November, 2007. A panel of three judges comprised of business leaders and community members selected three finalists for each category from the many nominees. A second panel of two judges selected the final winner and two runners-up for the three categories.

Criteria for nominees included: extraordinary accomplishments in her life, career, and/or community, including outstanding leadership and participation; has distinguished herself in community service (local area or to activities on a regional, state, national or international scope); has set examples of achievement in her realm of service; has served as an exemplary role model to other women and has made a significant difference to women in her environment. More details about the awards, criteria, and judging process is available at

In 2007, the Phenomenal Woman's Conference honored Elisabeth Williams-Omilami, Executive Director of Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, with the 2007 Phenomenal Woman Award. Ms. Omilami will present the 2008 Phenomenal Woman Awards at the event along with Deborah Schwartz-Griffin, emcee of the gala dinner. Half of the proceeds for the dinner will be given to support the work of Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless.

Reservations are available at Please click on the Phenomenal Women's Conference for complete information and link to registration.

Tickets: $45. Discounts are available for tables of eight guests.

Dinner guests are invited to the reception at the Fountain Atrium at 5:00 pm. Dress is business attire.

For more information about the 8th Annual Phenomenal Women's Conference April 3, 2008, please visit

Call Joann Trodahl at 678-797-2204 for help with reservations as needed, or email her at for further information.

Media please contact Karen Pressley, Director of Siegel Institute Relations, at 770-499-3307.
On event day, call 678-640-0535.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Karen Pressley

Company: Siegel Institute

Phone: 770-499-3307

Cell: 678-640-0535