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The Inaugural SpeakUpSis® Awards

The Kroc Center of Augusta

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Honoring extraordinary everyday women 


Speak Up Sis Award

Recognizing a woman who has triumphed seemingly insurmountable obstacles in life through faith and by sharing her story, and she now helps others do the same.

Evelyn Renee Farmer
Darlyshia Menzie
Precious Whitener
Ceretta Smith
(Award Recipient)
Ebi Nicole

Everyday Woman Award

Recognizing a non-corporate/non-entreprenurial woman who significantly impacts others in every aspect of her daily life at home, in the community and at work. 

Wallisa Lankford
Jamillah Dukes
Angel Williams 
(Award Recipient)
Sonya Hawthorne
Janice Sims

Woman in Business Award

Recognizing a woman at the start of her career as a business owner who has owned her business for at least 5 years & has shown outstanding performance and success as a small business owner.

Anitra Jones (Award Recipient)
Natonia Tillman
Tiana Beard
Maya Gray
Adrian Broadway

Trailblazer Award

Recognizing an accomplished woman leader in her respective field who has made considerable contributions to her peers and community and through her leadership is an agent of change.

Faith Richardson
Arteja Stamps 
(Award Recipient)
Reshelle Gainor
Blossom Rogers
Darnicia Calvin

Author of the Year

Recognizing self-published/independent, female authors

Kiarra Trammell
Lakeia Smith
Latoya Geter
Michelle Cain
Beloved Dillard 
(Award Recipient)

Podcaster of the Year

Recognizing independent, female podcasters

Latoya Washington
Chick Chat
Erika Nicole Brown 
(Award Recipient)
Shunta Graham
Danielle Turner

Phenomenal Leader Award

Recognizing a woman who has vision, serves, motivates and inspires others to engage, build, and achieve the vision. 

Leah Forney
Jasmine Padgett 
(Award Recipient)
Amanda Andrews
Tabitha Obienu
Tiffany Jackson-Wymbs

Giver Award

Recognizing a woman who helps others in any way she can without expectation of anything in return. 

Cierra Prince
Shanna Blount
Kathy Jones 
(Award Recipient)
Rhonda McCoy
Markeeda Dennis

Warmest Smile Award

Recognizing a woman who keeps a smile on her face that brings joy to the heart and is good medicine to the soul.

Shawnda Stovall
Jessika Cox 
(Award Recipient)
Robin Ingram
Ashanna Mollett
Shantrell Simmons

My Sister's Keeper Award

A woman who lovingly guides, corrects and is willing to protect, watch over and defend other women.

Apple Bert
Mary Roberts
Linda Johnson
Detra Williams-Richards 
(Award Recipient)
Onnie Poe

Prayer Warrior Award

A woman who is committed to praying for others.

Kamilah Freeman (Award Recipient)
Sarah Adams
Tanya Robinson
JoAnn Tillman Hooper
Valerie Champion

Good Heart Award

Recognizing a woman who consistently cares for others through empathy, sympathy, sensitivity, tolerance and non-judgement.

Victoria Dickason
Kimah Gant
Stephanie Captain 
(Award Recipient)
Melissa Joseph
Joy Bush

Positivity Sis Award

Recognizing a woman who maintains a positive attitude and outlook even in the toughest times.

Kesha Kent
Angelina Newton
Krystal Coney-Jones
Krystal Evans 
(Award Recipient)
Belinda Denise
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