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Amanda, Cindy, Michelle of Georgia Association for Women Lawyers

Board Members from the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers joined us this month for our spotlight on member organizations for Atlanta women in business.  The ladies discuss what it’s like to be a member of GAWL, recent programs and event, the Foundation, Sponsors, mentors and career advancement.

Amanda Wick, Cindy Manning, Michelle West

Amanda Wick, VP of Strategic Partnerships at GAWL.  As a member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, she started the Augusta Chapter of the organization, one of the largest initial GAWL chapters ever started, and was honored as a GAWL Committee Star in 2010. As Vice President of the Strategic Partnerships Committee, her committee won the “Best Committee Award” for 2010-2011. As an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta, she was awarded their 2009-2010 R.O.S.E. Bud (Recognition Of Service Excellence) Award and currently volunteers with the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS). She is most proud of being a Big Sister to Destinee, the greatest seven year old in the world, through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.


Cindy Manning is a founding partner of Manning, Levine and Marlow, LLP.  Cindy spends half of her time practicing criminal defense, capitalizing on her prior prosecution experience to represent clients facing charges ranging from traffic offenses to felonies in both state and federal court.  Cindy spends the rest of her time helping individuals and businesses resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation and litigation.  In 2005 and 2010, Cindy was recognized by Law & Politics as a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Cindy earned her B.A., cum laude¸ from Florida State University in 1999 and her J. D., magna cum laude, from Boston University in 2002. While at Boston University, she served as an editor of the Boston University Law Review.


Michelle West has been an active member of GAWL since 2006 and a board member since 2009.  Ms. West was the second President of the GAWL Gwinnett Chapter formed in 2009.

Michelle is the Founder and Owner of M West Legal, LLC, where she focuses her practice mainly on immigration, estate planning, and family law matters, including international adoption and international child abduction.  Michelle has offices in Atlanta and Gwinnett County, and has been practicing law in Georgia since 2002.

Ms. West graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service where she studied International Law, Relations and Organization.  She also received a certificate in Latin American studies and received proficiency status/credit in the Spanish language.  Ms. West attended Emory University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate degree.  While in law school, Ms. West clerked for a varied group of firms, governmental organizations, private business legal departments, and not for profit organizations working in areas of family law, estate planning, immigration, business organization and international law.  Throughout her studies, Ms. West attended academic programs in Ecuador, Italy, Spain, and Costa Rica.


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Chic Perspectives hosts Possible Woman IMAGINE 2012 speakers

This week on Chic Perspectives, meet 4 of the speakers from the Possible Woman Conference in a behind the scenes discussion about women in leadership.  Attend the conference at

Marsha Sampson Johnson

KEYNOTE: “Free Your Mind”

Marsha Sampson Johnson is a writer, speaker and advocate dedicated to full inclusion of women and people of color in all work environments. She is known for her keen insights and high-impact presentations on leadership and navigating careers. Her column, Lessons from the Corporate Jungle, appears biweekly in the Birmingham Times. She is also featured in the Empowering Women Leaders series found on YouTube.

Johnson’s experiences in major corporations, non-profit organizations, small business, and local government anchor a body of knowledge and practical framework to which audiences easily connect. She is a retired senior executive with almost 25 years at Fortune 500 Southern Company – most notably Alabama Power Company. She has held executive positions in division operations, customer service and call center operations, talent management, human resources and corporate diversity.

Jeffery Tobias Halter

KEYNOTE: “Executive Success; What Men Aren’t Telling Women”

Jeffery Tobias Halter is a Consultant, Author, Gender Strategist and the President of YWomen, a Strategic Consulting Company Focused on Helping Men (i.e. Y Chromosomes) and Women to Understand and Unleash the Power of Women in Organizations. Jeffery is the former Director of A passionate advocate in the development of women in leadership, he currently sits on the Simmons Business School’s Business Advisory Board, and has held National Advisory Board positions for Women’s Food Service Forum and The Network of Executive Women.


Connie Glaser

KEYNOTE: “GenderTalk Works: Cracking the Gender Code at Work”

Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and are among the most widely-read and influential books on workplace diversity and women’s leadership.  A frequent media guest, Connie has appeared on The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, and NBC Nightly News.  As a corporate speaker and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Connie is recognized for her ability to address challenging workplace issues with humor and insight. Her client list includes FedEx, McKinsey & Co, ESPN, JPMorgan Chase, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Deloitte, AT&T, Time Warner, HP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Forbes, and the U.S. Navy.

Connie’s latest book, GenderTalk Works recently debuted on FOX News Live. Praised by media and corporate executives, the book has been hailed as “an insightful step forward in the ongoing dialogue between men and women as colleagues.”

Connie first gained international acclaim with her breakthrough best-seller, Swim with the Dolphins, which established “a new navigational map for women in business.” Offering an updated role model for women, Dolphins has been ranked among the Top Ten Books on Women in Business. A workplace classic around the world, it has been translated into German, Chinese, Korean, Bulgarian, Japanese, and Hebrew.

Recognized for having her finger on the pulse of today’s workplace, Connie has served as Chair of the Travel Advisory Council for Inter-Continental Hotels. She also serves on the Women’s Advisory Board for Office Depot, and the Advisory Board for Emory University Graduate Women in Business.

Connie’s syndicated column, Winning at Work, appears in the Atlanta Business Chronicle and award-winning business journals around the country. She also is a nationally-featured columnist with  Connie was recently honored for her contributions to diversity and workplace excellence by being named Businesswoman of the Year by Office Depot. She has also been honored by being inaugurated into The World Who’s Who of Women.

Tricia Molloy is a motivational speaker on change management through wise business practices. She is the author of Divine Wisdom at Work: 10 Universal Principles for Enlightened Entrepreneurs and CRAVE Your Goals!

Through entertaining conference keynotes and employee development talks, workshops and webinars, Tricia inspires professionals to be more positive and focused so they can achieve their goals faster and easier. A seasoned business owner and marketing consultant, she also mentors women entrepreneurs and professionals.

For more about The Possible Woman® Foundation International, Inc., 501(c) (3) visit

Possible Woman Panel of Speakers Preview Leadership Event

A Special Edition of The Chic Perspectives Show, for our 3-part series dedicated to spotlighting the Possible Woman IMAGINE! Conference 2012, April 26th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

My guests were 4 of the women leadership speakers featured at the event.


Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe shares her expertise in developing business for international brands (Fortune 500) via integrating social media and digital strategies, strategic partnerships, and marketing technologies. Hear how she teaches marketers how to measure, optimize and build current new media efforts to increase value and develop strong relationships between brands and fans.

Martha Forlines, a successful leadership consultant, coach, author, speaker and President of Belief System Institute shares her expertise is employee motivation and engagement. She talks about creative solutions for leaders to “amp-up” their people’s performance and what she’s learned having coached hundreds of people over her 30+ year career.  Martha also recently co-authored a book for women leaders and leaders of women, Inspiring Women…BECOMING Courageous, Wise Leaders.

Belief System Institute is a supporting sponsor of the Possible Woman IMAGINE! 2012 Conference.

Maria Sutej’, Regional Vice President in Sales at Avon Products, Inc. tells us about leading a team of professionals to achieving annual sales goals. Maria began her career in 1983 joining Avon as a District Sales Manager. She quickly ascended through the sales ranks. She made Avon history by ranking in the top 10 percent in sales growth for eight consecutive years and provides stewardship in the implementation of global business strategies.

Avon is a bronze sponsor of the Possible Woman IMAGINE! 2012 Conference.

Dr. Marilyn Carroll is the Founder and CEO of KSAP5i a Career Management Education Company.  She recently launched a series of programs based on career management best practices for success.She has a Ph.D. in Management and Organization with a Leadership Specialization, from Capella University and an MBA in Global Business. She is also a visiting Professor to several Business Schools lecturing on the following topics: Career and Business Strategies, Leadership, Management, as well as Organizational Behavior and Development.

Tune in tomorrow for another enlighteningWomen Leadership Panel and preview of Possible Woman IMAGINE 2012