Sheroes of the Year Event, 2014

Celebrate the Power of Purpose and Persistence!

Our dear friends Joyce Dunaway Parker and Alicia Philipp are being honored as the 2014 Sheroes of the Year by the Georgia State University Library’s Women and Gender Collections. The 2014 Sheroes of the Year Celebration will take place at Georgia State University’s Centennial Hall, located at 100 Auburn Avenue, on Thursday, November 20, from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Presented annually, the Shero of the Year Award recognizes an individual or individuals whose work and accomplishments have made a significant impact on gender equality in Georgia and the South, improving the lives of countless women and girls. Those lives are documented in Georgia State University’s Women and Gender Collections, and  honoring Joyce and Alicia will help support those collections.

Joyce Dunaway Parker

Founder and first president of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, Joyce Dunaway Parker also served as vice president of the national organization’s board of directors. She was a charter member and a rape counselor for the Cobb County Rape Crisis Center, and a former board member of Cobb Family Resources. Well known as an organizer and three-term president of ERAGeorgia, Parker has also been president of the League of Women Voters of Cobb-Marietta, and is a member of Emily’s List and the NAACP.  Parker is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, and was also a member of its Retreat Committee as well as chairing the same committee for Leadership Cobb. She is a long-time member and organizer with the United Methodist Church of North Georgia and the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta, and she has served the Cobb County Youth Museum as scriptwriter, Speakers Bureau chair, docent, and puppeteer!

Parker has received the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and the Public Service Award from the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Alicia Philipp

Alicia Philipp is president of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, which serves donors and nonprofits in 23 counties in the metro Atlanta region. Philipp has led the Foundation’s grantmaking, fundraising and collaborative initiatives with donors, nonprofits and community leaders for the past 37 years. Under her leadership, The Community Foundation has grown from $7 million in assets in 1977 to more than $929 million in total assets.

Named to Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” list, Philipp has also been named one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of 175 “Emory History Makers” by Emory University and has received the Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Award. Her local, regional and national leadership responsibilities include previous service as a board member of the Council on Foundations, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Independent Sector and the National Center on Family Philanthropy. Philipp received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s in business administration from Georgia State University. She devotes much of her free time to mentoring future leaders.

Sheroes of the Year Celebration

Thursday, November 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at 100 Auburn Avenue, known as Centennial Hall, home of our Welcome Center, our President, and the new front door to our University

100 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
(100 Auburn Avenue has free, secure onsite parking (via Courtland Street) and is wheelchair accessible.)

Please RSVP by 11/11/2014
404-413-2703 /

Suggested attendee contribution: $100.00
(Click here to contribute) or contact Margaret Park Mathews or 404-413-3487.


Our Sheroes have dedicated much of their lives to helping and mentoring younger generations, and we would like to encourage everyone to do the same. Therefore, if you join our host committee, we invite you to bring a younger-generation feminist as our guest.

Powerful Pacesetters
Lucy H. and Stephen E. Draper

Potent Persuaders ($1,500.00)|
Joyce Dunaway Parker
Laura Voisinet

Proud Players ($1,000.00)
Margaret Curtis
Anne and Mike Easterly
Diane L. Fowlkes
Beth Schapiro
Judith G. Taylor

Persuasive Proponents ($500.00)
Joanna M. Adams
Elaine B. Alexander
Suzanne and Rob Boas
Ann Curry
Cheryl Hargrett
Barbara Rose

Pragmatic Planners ($250.00)
Kathy B. Ashe
Eleanor Babcock
Linda A. Bell
Jennifer Bennecke
Carol Binns
Jessie R. Draper
Chrisy Erickson
Lucy Erickson Fitzpatrick
Nancy Hall
Doris M Hargrett
George H. Johnson Properties
William S. Parker
Janet Paulk
Leola Reis
Polly B. Simpson
Lucy Vance
Wendy H. Venet

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