YWCA Salutes Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice
Since 1984, YWCA of Greater Atlanta has recognized the amazing accomplishments of women in Atlanta at our annual Salute To Women of Achievement event. Over the course of the past 37 years, we paid homage to women who broke glass ceilings, who support this community in countless ways and who align with our mission to “eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” More than 300 women proudly call themselves members of our Academy of Women Achievers.
Each year we also recognize one woman as our overall Woman of Achievement and we are ecstatic to recognize and honor Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). She will be honored at the virtual event, Wednesday, May 19 at 12 noon.
As a member of the medical community, leading the training of doctors, Dr. Montgomery Rice leads from the frontlines, especially in a year of a pandemic. She is at the forefront of fighting health disparities, and has been so, even before becoming president and dean of MSM in 2014. Dr. Montgomery Rice is dedicated to the creation and advancement of health equity while lending her vast experience and talents to programs that enhance pipeline opportunities for academically diverse learners. She is on a mission to diversify the physician and scientific workforce which will foster equity in health care access and health outcomes. These attributes make her the right and clear choice as YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s 2021 Woman of Achievement.
While typically we induct ten women into the Academy, along with the Woman of Achievement, we are taking a different route this year. And why not? It is a different world we are living in right now, and we are learning new ways to conduct our lives. This year of “reimagining” has led us to realize the strength and value of community. We reached our community of Academy members and invited them to share their experiences to attendees in smaller group Salons.
Fifteen amazing women readily accepted the call and will make this year’s virtual event a one-of-a-kind you won’t want to miss.
The Salon leaders are: Leona Barr-Davenport, Becky Blalock, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ann Cramer, Ann Curry, Stephanie Davis, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Virginia Hepner, Donna Hyland, Helen Smith Price, Erica Qualls Battey, Ann Stallard, Wendy Stewart, Bentina Chisolm Terry and Sandy Welfare.
After hearing from Dr. Montgomery Rice, who will be interviewed by Condace Pressley, director of Community and Public Affairs, Cox Media Group and YWCA Academy inductee 2020, attendees will join a Salon of their choice on topics that align to the work of YWCA of Greater Atlanta that include: Empower Women, Racial Justice, Women’s Philanthropy, Women and Technology, Advocacy, and Women’s Health.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://salutetowomenofachievement.swell.gives/
Sharmen May Gowens
CEO/YWCA of Greater Atlanta