Womenetics 2014 Atlanta POW! Awards Honorees Announced

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ATLANTA, GA  (March 21, 2014) – From a fearless former U.S. Army officer serving veterans in need, to a rocking Grammy-nominated producer of top-charting artists in a male-driven industry, to the first African-American woman to complete Emory University’s surgical program, the women selected as Womenetics’ 2014 Atlanta POW! Awards recipients are trailblazers and game changers. Thirteen Honorees will be recognized on April 30th at the fifth annual POW! Awards luncheon held at the Georgia Aquarium from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Atlantans are invited to attend the event, be inspired and leave saying “I am ready to put the POW! in powerful.” In addition to the twelve POW! Award recipients, Womenetics will present the POW! Lifetime Achievement Award to Alana Shepherd for her exemplary ability to respond to a personal crisis by creating The Shepherd Center, a state-of-the-art specialty spinal care and rehabilitation center.

The topic for the 2014 POW! Awards – “The Defining Moment” – centers around women at the forefront of today’s business leadership shift.  Keynote speaker Jacki Zehner and the Honorees will share how they leverage their positions of influence to challenge those around them, seize the moment and improve our future. Jacki Zehner, the first female trader to become partner at Goldman Sachs, is now President and CEO of Women Moving Millions. The public is invited to attend. Click here for ticket information.

“The POW! Awards, held in Atlanta and Chicago, honor women who demonstrate business leadership, generate community impact and contribute to the advancement of female leaders,” explains Elisabeth Marchant, founder and CEO of Womenetics. “The 2014 recipient’s stories will empower the ambitious businesswoman to maximize her career and life,” Marchant continues.

The 2014 Honorees were nominated by local corporate and community members. Longer bios can be found at

Alana Shepherd, Founding Board Member, Shepherd Center and Foundation (LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD)

Kelly Barrett, Vice President, Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance, The Home Depot

Susana Maria Chavez, Executive Vice President, Parking Company of America

Elizabeth Finnerty, President and CEO, Skyland Trail

Kate Gutmann, President Worldwide Sales, UPS

Tasia Katapodis, Senior Vice-President, PNC Bank

Dana Lupton, Executive/Artistic Director, Moving in the Spirit

Danielle Lisenbey, President & CEO, Broadspire

Hala Moddelmog, President, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Phyllis W. Newhouse, Chief Executive Officer, Xtreme Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed, Founder, Metro Surgical Associates and Sisters By Choice

Jan Smith, Owner, Jan Smith Studios

Michelle C. Wells, Lead Physicist, Piedmont Healthcare, Radiation Oncology

Kelly Barrett - Vice President, Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance, The Home Depot

From overseeing the annual inventory of over 2,000 stores to supervising the Internal Audit Leadership Program, Kelly Barrett has helped The Home Depot flourish with a team of highly trained and experienced workers. Barrett also serves as the executive sponsor of “The Women’s Link,” a resource group for women throughout The Home Depot.

Susana Maria Chavez - Executive Vice President, Parking Company of America

Susana Maria Chavez has helped grow her family’s business, Parking Company of America, Inc. The company owns over 200 acres of parking real estate in 17 cities. For 29 years, PCA managed the parking operation at the Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the largest single revenue generator for the airport. Chavez also founded the annual “Women Doing Business in the City of Atlanta” conference.

Elizabeth Finnerty - President and CEO (Founding Executive Director), Skyland Trail

Elizabeth Finnerty has dedicated her career to helping adults with mental illness achieve recovery. Under her leadership, Skyland Trail has grown from a start-up nonprofit serving four clients in 1989 to a thriving and nationally recognized organization serving 400 clients annually. Over the last 25 years, Finnerty has led strategic planning and fundraising efforts totaling nearly $40 million to establish Skyland Trail as a leader in the field of mental health treatment and a refuge of hope for individuals reaching for recovery from major depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

 Kate Gutmann - President Worldwide Sales, UPS

Kate Guttmann’s marketing internship turned into a 24-year career with UPS. Today, Gutmann is president of worldwide sales, directing global sales and solutions teams through all business units around the world. She also encourages women in their career advancement through various business resource groups and the UPS Women’s Leadership Development initiative.

Tasia Katapodis - Senior Vice-President, PNC Bank

Tasia Katapodis distinguished herself as a bank executive in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee over the last 30 years, having been the only woman named President of a U.S. based Regional Bank in Atlanta. She is currently a senior vice president in Corporate Banking at PNC Bank, one of the Top 5 Banks in the nation and serves as president of PNC’s Atlanta Women Connect. Katapodis, a Vanderbilt University graduate, dedicates her efforts to give back to the community, where she serves as chairman of the board for the Metro Atlanta Salvation Army since 2012, is a member of Gwinnett Medical Center - Women’s Advisory Council and on the board of councilors at The Carter Center.

Danielle Lisenbey - President & CEO, Broadspire, a Crawford Company

Lisenbey leads a team of seasoned professionals to provide an industry-leading suite of tailored, integrated TPA services to employers and insurance companies. Her responsibilities include driving business development, developing long-term strategic plans, increasing Broadspire’s global footprint, and delivering continuous operational improvement. Additionally, she is the first female member of the executive management team for Crawford & Company, Broadspire’s parent company, and was named one of Business Insurance’s Women to Watch in 2013.

Dana Marie Lupton - Executive/Artistic Director, Moving in the Spirit

As co-founder of Moving in the Spirit, Dana Lupton uses the art of dance to educate, inspire and unite young people in Atlanta. The results of her 27 years of leadership are remarkable, as indicated by the 100 percent high school graduation rate of teens in her program. Lupton is also passionately involved in the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women.

Hala Moddelmog - President, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Hala Moddelmog is the first female president of the 154-year old Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). Prior to taking the helm at MAC, she was the first woman to lead an international restaurant company as president of Church’s Chicken. Moddelmog was also the former president of Arby’s Restaurant Group, where she led the company to 12 consecutive quarters of sales growth and revenues of approximately $3 billion. An advocate for women locally and globally, Moddelmog is a member of key women’s organizations, including The Committee of 200, Women Corporate Directors the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and the International Women’s Forum.

Phyllis W. Newhouse - Chief Executive Officer, Xtreme Solutions, Inc.

After three decades as a United States Army officer, Phyllis W. Newhouse founded Xtreme Solutions, Inc. in 2002.  Today, Xtreme Solutions is a multi-million dollar IT services and solutions provider and one of the top 50 fasting growing women-owned companies in America. She continues to be active with the veterans community through the Foundation of Leadership for Veterans and the Veteran Habitat for Humanity. She also created a partnership with Porsche Cars North America and Quest 35 to support the Homeless Veteran Project in Atlanta.

Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed - Founder, Metro Surgical Associates and Sisters By Choice, Metro Surgical Associates

Upon becoming the first African-American woman to successfully complete Emory University’s surgical program, Phillips-Reed, M.D. opened her own medical practice to provide quality healthcare to the underserved community. While running an active private practice, Dr. Phillips-Reed founded Sisters By Choice, an organization that provides over 800 free mammograms and breast exams annually to uninsured, unemployed and homeless women. This year, she will launch a mobile breast clinic to provide diagnostic care for men and women in rural Georgia.

Alana Shepherd (POW! Lifetime Achievement Award) - Founding Board Member of the Shepherd Center, Shepherd Center and Foundation

Alana Shepherd combined her passion as a mother with her natural skill for leadership when she turned a family crisis into an opportunity by founding the Shepherd Center in 1975. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s finest facilities for spinal cord injury rehabilitation and research, what started from a tragic surfing accident involving Shepherd’s son became an inspiration for providing state-of-the-art specialty care and rehabilitation. Shepherd has helped expand community support, raised upwards of $9 million annually and created a special ICU unit for military personnel. Today, this Lifetime Achievement Award recipient has led the Shepherd Center to be ranked among the nation’s top 10 rehabilitation hospitals by US News & World Report. As the first woman director on the board of Wachovia and Genuine parts and the first woman to lead the Buckhead Coalition, Alana Shepherd has extended her leadership to include business endeavors and community direction.

Jan Smith - Owner, Jan Smith Studios

What began as a one-woman operation at Jan Smith Studios has grown to include the largest roster of top-charting artists of any vocal coaching facility in America. Jan Smith has used her 20-plus years of experience to help create multi-platinum selling records as the vocal producer, songwriter and instructor of household names such as Justin Bieber, Usher, India Arie, Rob Thomas, Colbie Caillat and The Band Perry. With more than 4,000 vocalists, musicians and producers involved in the Jan Smith Studios, Smith leverages her social media platform to motivate, educate and impact girls and women.

Michelle Coward Wells - Lead Physicist, Piedmont Healthcare, Radiation Oncology

Michelle Wells is the lead physicist for Piedmont Healthcare, managing the use of radiation equipment and treatment planning. Under her leadership, Wells trains physicians and other providers in new approaches and innovative thinking to provide cost conscious, top quality care. Wells also serves as the president of the Junior League of Atlanta, the 3rd largest chapter worldwide with over 3,500 women members and a $3 million budget.


About Womenetics

Womenetics accelerates business by advancing women leaders.  It is a globally recognized center of influence in the area of gender diversity and women’s leadership. Driven by the belief that women’s full engagement is an imperative for economic prosperity, Womenetics’ mission is to develop, support and inspire female leaders to create an impact in their fields. Womenetics focuses on three areas: women as effective business leaders, as successful business owners and as change agents around global issues impacting the bottom line. To join the conversation, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @womenetics