Event helps Community Welcome House

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Business Women of the Year winners congratulate current recipient Joni Smith. From left are past winner Wendy Maguire, this year’s 2013 Business Woman of the Year Joni Smith of Mary Kay, past winner Patti Kadkhodaian, who is the leadership development speaker and owner of AJAKO Promotional Products, and 2012 winner Ellie White-Stevens, Creative Director of Dirt1x marketing agency. 


The Business Women of Fayette and Coweta organization recently honored Joni Smith of Mary Kay, a board member and very active volunteer, as Business Woman of the Year 2013 — and they presented a $12,500 check to Community Welcome House from their O Christmas Tea event.

Smith had several nominations from this women’s group. They praised her for her voluntarism and her personal integrity. “Having worked with Joni Smith as my co-chair on O Christmas Tea and as my vice president, I can tell you that she truly deserves this honor. She’s committed to serving this community and our organization with humility and a get-it-done-right attitude,” said Ellie White-Stevens, Marketing Guru and BWFC president.

Smith has served to assist all BWFC charitable causes and has been on the BWFC board the last several years. Smith also is on the board for the local Kennel Club and has trained one of her dogs to do therapy each week with her at local nursing homes. An independent skincare consultant with Mary Kay, Smith has three grown children and lives with her husband Kelly in Fayetteville.

“I joined the BWFC to meet other independent women business owners,” said Smith. She continued, “I have stayed because the group is filled with dynamic and smart women, and so that I can participate in the philanthropic causes the group champions! I enjoy helping others.”

Patti Kadkhodaian, a leadership development speaker and owner of AJAKO Promotional Products, presented the award to Smith. Both co-founders of the BWFC and past-recipients of the Business Woman of the Year designation, Patti Kadkhodaian and Wendy Maguire, of Maguire’s Family and Friends, Senoia Cycle Works and Pedal for Pets, served on the committee with last year’s winner, Ellie White-Stevens. Together they gathered nominations and proctored the vote of Business Women of Fayette and Coweta members.

Other nominees this year were Rachel Smartt of Smartt Nutrition and Andra Prowant of Vista 4D Coaching.

At the same meeting, Corby Winters of Pure Empowerment Coaching gave a humorous and inspiring message.

Also, the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta presented a check for $12,500 to Community Welcome House Board Member Samantha Brazie. The donation came through the BWFC-hosted O Christmas Tea even.

The donation was made possible through a number of local business sponsors.

The Business Women of Fayette and Coweta encourages women who own, manage or sell in business to consider participating. The BWFC raises the profile of women in business and networks them while giving back for a better community.

To be added to the list for email notifications about future meetings and events, email a request to BWFC Secretary Sheila Rambeck, Sheila@rambecklaw.com.

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All the BWFC Business Women of the Year winners congratulate current recipient Joni Smith. From left are Past Business Woman of the Year winner Wendy Maguire of Maguire's Family & Friends, Senoia Cycle Works and Pedal for Pets; this year's 2013 Business Woman of the Year Joni Smith of Mary Kay, holding her award blanket; Past winner Patti Kadkhodaian, leadership development speaker and owner of AJAKO Promotional Products; and 2012 winner Ellie White-Stevens, Marketing Guru and Creative Director of Dirt1x marketing agency.

Corby Winters, left, coach and speaker with Pure Empowerment, presented for the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta at their recent meeting. BWFC President Ellie White-Stevens, Marketing Guru and Creative Director for Dirt1x, thanks her for bringing inspiration and laughter to the women present.

Samantha Brazie, board co-chair of Community Welcome House accepts a $12,500 check from O Christmas Tea chair Ellie White-Stevens, Marketing Guru and president of the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta.



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