Research Triangle Park, NC – On Sunday September 24, 2017 Spectacular Magazine recognized and honored the achievements of African American women with the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year Awards.
Twenty-three African American women in seven categories were selected by the Woman of the Year Selection Committee (Committee) as Finalists or Semi-Finalists for Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards. Nine of those received the title at the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards Gala held at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill, NC. (Due to the large number of nominations in the Education category two awards were presented.) Radio One Raleigh’s Tia’Lavon served as mistress of ceremonies for the evening.
Coach Rena Armwood – Educator; Retired Softball/Volleyball Coach; 2017 NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee and Mrs. Rosetta Austin Moore – Author; Retired Educator were selected by the Committee to receive the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award.
Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year Award recipients in the remaining six categories are:
Arts & Culture:
Anita Woodley – Independent Actress, Playwright, Producer (Chapel Hill)
Business & Economic Development:
April Sherman – AICPA (Durham)
Cheryl Parquet – Senior Program Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Durham)
Dr. Monica Leach – Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & Academic Affairs, NC Central University (Durham)
Brenda Stephens – Member, Orange County Board of Education (Orange County)
Deirdre Johnson – Head Athletic Trainer/W.I.S.E. Advisor/Health, P.E. Dept Chair, Sanderson High School (Raleigh)
Sandra Dubose – Ambassador, American Autoimmune Disease Related Association; Pres./Owner, Dubose Entertainment (Raleigh)
Spectacular Magazine will present the inaugural Spectacular Magazine Millennials of the Year Awards in 2018.