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Spectacular Magazine 2017 Women Of Year Voting Opens

Voting Opens


Nominations for Spectacular Magazine 2017 Women of the Year were accepted in one of seven categories from Sunday August 14, 2016 until midnight Saturday September 10, 2016. The Spectacular Magazine Women of the Year Planning Committee, in addition to selecting the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient(s), has narrowed the nominations to the top three (3) nominees in each of the seven (7) categories. On-line voting process runs from Monday Sept. 26, 2016 until midnight Sunday Oct. 9, 2016. Winners will be named at the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards Gala on October 30, 2016.

Lifetime Achievement Awardees

The Semi-Finalists are:

Arts & Culture:

  • Andrea Lawson – Music, Dance & Community Engagement Director, NC Arts Council (Raleigh)
  • Cicely Mitchell – CEO, Art of Cool Project (Durham)
  • Koren Underdue – Founder/Chairman, Christ Saves Hearts Foundation, Inc. (Raleigh)

Business & Economic Development:

  • Genevia Gee Fulbright – President/COO, Fulbright & Fulbright CPA, PA. (Durham)
  • Vernessa Hoffman – Founder, Joey’s Jump Around (Louisburg)
  • Sara Stephens – CEO, Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce (Hillsborough)

Civil & Human Rights:

  • Gloria De Los Santos – Director, Action NC and Stand With Women (Durham)
  • Dr. Kamala Uzzell-Jones – President/CEO, SOLAY Counseling & Research Center, P.C. (Durham)
  • Dr. Andrea Woodson-Smith – Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University (Morrisville)

Community Service:

  • Laticia Nicole Beatty – Founder, Speak Life Motivation (Durham)
  • Rachel Green – Pastor, Sanctuary of Christ Holy  (Durham)
  • Pamela Hester – Associate Scientist, Biogen (Durham)
  • Vanda Wilson-Wormack – Founder/CEO, (Durham)
  • Dr. C. Nicole Swiner – Author/Publisher/Consultant/Physician, Swiner Publishing Company (Durham)
  • Thelma White – Community Organizer (Durham)


  • Kiley Brown – Principal, Efland-Cheeks Elementary School, Orange County Schools (Efland)
  • Sheba Lowe Brown – President/CEO, A+ Test Prep & Academic Services (Durham)
  • Dee Dove – Instructor, Jordan Driving School/Wake County Schools (Raleigh)
  • Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman – Curriculum Quality Coordinator/Asst. Professor Social Work Prog., Div. of Education & Social Work, Shaw U. (Ral)
  • Dr. Linda Mason – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Warren County Schools (Warrenton)
  • Dr. Debra Saunders-White – Chancellor, North Carolina Central University (Durham)

Emerging Leader:

  • Micah Barbee – Pediatric Nurse, Duke University Medical Center (Durham)
  • Ameshia Cooper – Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Durham County District Attorney – Juvenile Division (Durham)
  • Joye Speight – CEO, Virtue Event Planning (Durham)


  • Dr. Bahby Banks –  CEO, Bahby Banks Innovation Group & Pillar Consulting (Durham)
  • Anita Daniels – President/CEO,  Actualities Limited (Durham)
  • Deloris Young – CEO, Jareh Healthcare, Inc. (Durham)



Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show.

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