Successful Atlanta Women Executives and Entrepreneurs to be Honored Oct 27th at WEDA Women of Influence Annual Fall Tea

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WEDA’s Women of Influence Tea will spotlight eleven of the organization’s most successful alumni and business women in the community, and presenting The Executive of the Year to Parisa Khosravi, SVP of CNN International News Worldwide

Atlanta-based WEDA (Women’s Economic Development Agency) announces its annual WEDA Women of Influence Fall Tea on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 1:00 – 4:00pm at the Thalia N. Carlos Community Center located at 2500 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. The event will be the organization’s second annual event after a successful inaugural event last year with over 200 attendees.

Founded in 1996, WEDA is non-profit organization with the mission to help women achieve economic independence, create opportunity, and, build a business community through entrepreneurship. The organization’s mission is supported by a program of innovative seminars, workshops, and our cornerstone Atlanta Micro-enterprise Initiative course series. WEDA offers its programs and services in both English and Spanish. Although the organization centers on women, it serves an ethnic, gender, and socio- economically diverse clientele.

Through a partnership with the Small Business Administration, WEDA’s Metro Atlanta Women Business Center has assisted more than 17,000 entrepreneurs and has helped to facilitate the formation of thousands of small businesses. These businesses range from home-based, cottage industries, like jewelry-making, to retail ventures and attorney practices. WEDA’s programs and services include business development, wealth building, and customized training and licensing. In the past 6 years, WEDA clients have created over 1300 businesses and accessed over $8.5 million in commercial funding. WEDA also provides services under grants from University of Georgia SBDC, Georgia Department of Human Resources, and the US Department of Labor.

WEDA’s Women of Influence Tea will spotlight some of the organization’s most successful alumni and business women in the community. The Executive of the Year is Parisa Khosravi, SVP of CNN International News Worldwide. Other notable honorees include Georgia Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson, Dr. Evelyn Winn-Dixon—Mayor of Riverdale Georgia, Dr. Linda Cendales-Director Laboratory of Microsurgery at Emory Transplant Center, Dr. Rubye J. Byrd-24 year Director of Federal TRIO Programs, Diane Myer—CEO of icre8t Results, Dr. Katia Castillo—Walters OB/GYN, Rhonda Wilkins—CEO Diva’s Unlimited, Susanne Wagner—Director Red Clay Consulting, Camila Ramirez— CEO of Idea Signs & Advertisement and Cori Fowler—the 25 year old CEO of American Technologies.

Women from all over the State of Georgia are invited to attend this event. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of Tea Sandwiches, unique hot teas, mini dessert bar, champagne, live jazz and red carpet festivities. Tickets are $60 ($45 before October 16th) and ticket deadline is October 23rd. For more information, visit http://www.Weda-Atlanta.org. WEDA is a non-profit organization with 501c3 status.

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