It is fitting that the “Women Who Pay It 4ward” Honors brunch series made an appearance in the “Queen’s City” of Charlotte, N.C. Four women influencers making their mark in the city were honored by BMW of North America and MADE Magazine on March 26th at ClubONE in Charlotte. Brunch delights were curated by chef, TV personality, writer and one of the food industry’s newest and sassiest rising stars, Palak Patel. The event was hosted by Erica Bryant, Emmy Award winning journalist and weeknight co-anchor at WSOC-TV “Channel 9 Eyewitness News.” Bryant emceed the formal program where the following women were recognized:
Veronica Foster – Serving as Deputy Chief Of Police for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Foster is a 26-year-veteran of the police department. Foster received her bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and master’s in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. She is also the founder of CMPD HOPE, a non-profit organization that financially assists CMPD personnel in times of financial crisis. Recently, Foster was recognized by the American Cancer Society for her service as a Road to Recovery Driver where she volunteers to take cancer patients to treatment.
Tiffany Lynn Jones – The current Area Development Director for UNCF Charlotte Area Office, Jones s responsible for establishing short- and long-range goals and conducting comprehensive, cost-effective annual fund raising campaigns within her area of operation to support the 37 UNCF member institutions. As an undergraduate, Jones studied Mass Media and Broadcast Journalism at Hampton University, and Sociology at Norfolk State University, where she studied Sociology. With a passion for helping others, Jones is an avid supporter of various national, community based and civic organizations and believes in giving back.
Pat Martinez – Leading in Organizational Transformation, Business Development and Nonprofit Management, Martinez is the CEO of Leadership in the Clouds, a privately owned WBE consulting firm that provides comprehensive leadership training to enhance business processes. Recently, Martinez launched the National Council for Leadership, a nonprofit providing access to comprehensive leadership training, mentoring programs and workforce development to those seeking to enhance their future. She is also the founder and Board Chair of the National Council for Leadership; Board Member and Chair of the Development Committee for the Urban League of Central Carolinas; and Advisory Board member of Opera Carolina. Martinez graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from Rutgers University.
Georgette “Gigi” Dixon – Senior Vice President and Director of National Partnerships, Dixon is responsible for managing a portfolio of 12 national nonprofits that deliver advocacy, programs and services for low- to moderate-income communities and diverse groups at Wells Fargo. Since joining the legacy Wachovia organization in 1994, Gigi served as marketing manager for Wholesale Banking, Small Business Banking and Commercial Banking and as Director of Emerging (multicultural) Markets. She also served a two-year chairmanship for Opera Carolina and served as a governor-appointed board member for the NC State Property Tax Commission from 2009-2013. Gigi has a Bachelor of Science, with Distinction from Tennessee State University in Speech Communications and Theatre.
“The women we honored in Charlotte are in touch with their peers and their community, and that’s why they’re making a difference,” said Kevin Williams, Head of Multicultural Marketing at BMW North America. “Bringing together such power players for a greater good has been such an honor. We’ve already left a mark on six of the biggest cities in the country and there’s still more to come in 2017.”
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