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Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award, started in 2003, is awarded to the woman board member who has served as an outstanding role model for advancing the mission of increasing the number of women in executive leadership and on corporate boards.

Nominees must currently serve on a Georgia for-profit company board (public or private) or be a Georgia resident serving on an out-of-state for-profit company board. Further qualifications are an overall commitment to professional excellence, attainment of excellence in her business profession or in community leadership, supporting women in realizing their full potential and advocating to increase diversity on corporate boards. A panel of judges, composed of OnBoard board members and independent business executives, make the final award determination. The award given annually and announced at the fall November dinner is sponsored by KPMG LLP.

The award is named in honor of Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans, one of the first women to serve as a director of a major American corporation. In 1934 she was appointed to the board of directors of The Coca-Cola Company, a position she held for nearly 20 years.

 

2021 Award Winner

Past Award Winners

2020
Cynthia Day

2019

Michelle Jarrard

2018

Dr. Julie Shimer

2017

Lizanne Thomas

2016

Cheryl A. Bachelder

2015

Virginia A. Hepner

2014

Elizabeth Camp

2013

Phoebe Wood

2012

Judi North

2011

Veronica Biggins

2010

Donna James

2009

Carol Tomé

2008

Celeste Bottorff

2007

Carolyn Byrd

2006

Chilton Varner

2005

Vicki Palmer

2004

Juanita Baranco

2003

Claire Arnold