Leadership

Leadership – Opportunities to Grow

 

There are numerous opportunities for women to develop their leadership skills within the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta.  We invite everyone, from the newest member, to the most long-serving members to take on roles as they are interested.

 

Our Executive Board consists of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Member-At-Large, Membership Chair, Marketing Chair and Visitor Chair.  These roles are filled by members with at least one year of service to the organization.

 

We also have Cause chairs and each cause has committee members.  We invite and encourage newer members to serve on a committee to learn more about the organization and network with other members.

Andra Prowant – President

Andra Prowant Andra Prowant is a Certified Life Coach, Addiction Counselor, and Emotional Intelligence Specialist who is passionate about helping professionals master levels of success, and maintain them with optimal energy and focus. With 20 years of experience in sales and business development, she understands the soft skills and mindsets necessary to meet goals, minimize stress, and develop strong relationships. As a catalyst for growth and breakthrough, she delivers strategic tools to develop internal resources and transform obstacles into opportunities. Her passion for helping professionals get the breakthrough they desire carries over into her work as an addiction counselor and coach to help men and women overcome destructive patterns in their life. She works at Arise Counseling and Coaching in Peachtree City, and serves on the Board and in Leadership at Pathway Home, a recovery home for women who want to break free of life controlling issues. Andra is currently serving as VP for the Business Women of Fayette & Coweta.

 

Jennifer Lunsford – Vice President

Jennifer Lunsford Jennifer is the New Patient Coordinator with Mahaffey Orthodontics in Peachtree City and the current Vice President for the BWFC. After working for 20+ years as an Administrative Assistant for large corporations, Jennifer decided it was time to find a small business closer to home and found Mahaffey Orthodontics in May of 2016. As the New Patient Coordinator Jennifer says, “Knowing I am the first person a new patient talks to, I understand how important it is to make the patient feel comfortable about this next phase in life. I love talking to our new patients and building a relationship with them as they share their needs for our services.”  Jennifer has been on several committees for the BWFC causes since joining in 2014. She has made friendships and business relationships she otherwise would not have. “My husband and I moved to Fayetteville to be closer to our families and I did not know anyone in Fayette County. I knew I needed connections here and I found the BWFC whose focus is on giving back to our communities as well as business networking. I knew I had found exactly what I needed.” Jennifer and her husband Jason enjoy going to the UGA football games in the Fall, traveling to the mountains in Tennessee or to the beautiful beaches of Hilton Head Island. You can also find them golfing around Peachtree City.

Patti Kadkhodaian – Secretary

As an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, Patti is certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, she is equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, she has access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives.

Being in business for over 25 years with three different businesses, Patti knows, firsthand, the inner workings of developing a profitable business and building a thriving team.  LEAD yourself and GROW strong teams for RICH results, hence the name of her company, LEAD GROW RICH.  As the Master of Mind Peace, Patti can help you unlock the potential inside.

Patti co-founded the Business Women of Fayette & Coweta as well as serving on the Board as President and Secretary.  She is currently the Secretary.

For over 20 years, Patti and her husband Frank have called Fayette County home.  They have four grown sons and look forward to what each new day brings.

Yvette D. Best – Treasurer

Yvette D. Best is an established tax accountant and the bestselling author of four business books. She combines real-life experience with professional know-how to deliver savvy financial advice in a clear, understandable way.

Yvette has 15+ years experience as a Controller serving as a financial, sales, and marketing executive over a $20 million budget. Her unique perspective on managing finances coupled with a diverse analytical skill set has equipped Yvette with the practical and hands-on knowledge to help individuals and firms grow and succeed financially.

With a passion for numbers, in 2006 she opened Best Services Unlimited LLC, a boutique tax firm with exceptional accounting, strategic business advisory, credit restoration, and mobile notary services. Yvette graduated magna cum laude from Centenary College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and also earned an honors-level MBA from Belhaven University.

With a successful business that has built organically through referrals, she hopes to pass her accumulated knowledge to young people and educate them on the importance of managing their personal finances. She has a strong desire to help taxpayers navigate a complicated world of facts and figures.  Yvette is currently serving as Treasurer for the Business Women of Fayette & Coweta.

Maria Vigil – Member At-Large

Maria Vigil Maria Vigil is President and Founder of VProVantage, LLC and the Past-President and Member At-Large of the BWFC.   She was selected as the BWFC 2017 Women of the Year.  Maria’s experience spans 3 decades where she started her career in employee benefits as an Enrolled Actuary and Pension Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). She has been a business owner in the financial services industry since 1986 and launched VProVantage in 2004 providing small business accounting and business advisory services. Maria is passionate about small business. She says “It is very fulfilling to see small businesses succeed and the BWFC gives me the opportunity to work with so many great women who are successful and give back to the community.” Maria resides in Fayetteville with two of her four children and has two grown children who reside in Atlanta and Richmond, Va. She is a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church and enjoys the symphony, singing, fine dining and crochet.

Maria Vigil, VProVantage, LLC

Kim Larson, Social Media Chair

Maria Vigil After successfully growing and managing multiple medical practices during a 30 year career, Kim Larson and her husband, Lincoln, began teaching relationship marketing to business owners to help increase client retention and referrals with a simple, cost-effective system. She is the founder of Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World, a FB group for women entrepreneurs to share and encourage the growth of their businesses. Kim and Lincoln are also the co-founders of 100 Who Care of South Atlanta, a group of local concerned citizens who meet quarterly and provide $100 each to a nominated local charity, resulting in a $10,000 donation to that charity. You can learn more about Kim at www.theappreciation.coach
Kim Larson, Social Media Chair

Rachel Smartt – Member At-Large

Dr. Rachel Smartt is a Counselor of Natural Health and Doctor of Naturopathy. She is the CEO of Smartt Transformation is the only health expert that utilizes a revolutionary 7 step transformation system for men and women around the world who want to build better bodies, deal with uncertainty, manage stress and at the same time have a great relationship with food and have a healthy body image.

For 18 years she has enjoyed coaching and educating others on the power of clean eating, detoxification, staying positive in a negative world and how to inspire others to be there BEST self. She is a recent author (Modern Day Miracles) as well as a national speaker.

Dr. Smartt also is a National Marketing Director for the Juice Plus Company is on a mission to inspire healthy living around the world through whole food solutions with Juice Plus+ , the Children Health Study, and the Vertical Tower Gardens.

She has lived in Peachtree City Georgia for over 20 years and has 4 grown daughters, 4 grandchildren.

Connie Durham, Membership Chair

Connie has a love for the Arts, Dance, Music, Singing and Painting.  She taught Ballet & Jazz for many years as she raised her 3 children with her husband Jeff Durham, Minister of Worship at Lisbon Baptist Church.   She has an associate’s degree in voice from Clayton State College and University and currently sings with her Church Choir & the Southern Crescent Chorale in Fayette County.

For 20 years she has served as a Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She loves helping women understand the value of taking care of their skin and teaching color application. She also enjoys helping others develop leadership skills and build their own personal business.  www.marykay.com/connieD

Connie studied DISC behavior styles in 2006 with Judy Suiter, owner of Competitive Edge in Peachtree City while taking part in ABWA (American Business Women’s Association). She also served as an Ambassador with the Fayette County Chamber for ten years.  She is currently serving as Membership Chair with BWFC (Business Women Fayette Coweta).

In 2018 Connie began a new adventure with an online video blog called Connie’s Clever Concepts. She enjoys speaking to businesses and churches sharing Life, Business and DISC personality skills. This new teaching platform allows Connie to bring understanding between people, build confidence and help people grow in their personal talents. When people understand that it’s OK to be different & learn to work together, the opportunity to excel in life is greater!     www.ConniesCleverConcepts.blog

 

Connie Jones, Marketing Chair

Dana Kessler

Connie is a Therapist, Life and Leadership Coach, Writer, and Speaker who is passionate about empowering men and women to Thrive in a Life of Freedom and Fulfillment. She coaches executives and entrepreneurs to discover their unique strengths and gifts, hone their leadership skills, and sharpen their natural instincts so they can achieve their career and business objectives and live and work with passion, purpose, and meaning.

Connie is passionate about connecting with people’s hearts and engaging in their unique stories as lived out in their personal and professional lives. A gifted intuitive and dynamic motivator, Connie recognizes the barriers that prevent her clients from living in true freedom and fulfillment, and she empowers them to awaken their inner fire, break free from fear, shame, and ineffective mindsets, step into their fullest potential, and soar in a life they love.

As an avid Blogger, Vlogger, and Public Speaker, Connie instills hope and invokes passion in her audience as she shares wisdom from her own personal journey of struggle and victory along with her expertise from a decade of experience as a highly sought after Therapist and Coach.

Connie holds a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Georgia, a M.A. in Sport Management from the University of Georgia, and a M.A in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. She has extensive professional experience as a Fitness Professional, Sports Performance Coach, and as an Executive in Sales and Management. She is an innovative, natural leader who is energetic, driven, and savvy as an entrepreneur. Connie is active in her community as a member of the American Business Women’s Association, the Business Women of Fayette County, Rotary International, and a she serves as a member on the Leadership Board of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Email Connie to book her to speak at your event or organizational meeting.


Customized talks, workshops, and keynotes are available.

Dana Kessler, Visitor Chair

Dana Kessler Dana is a crazy busy mom of 7 and loves every minute of her hectic life! When she’s not busy corralling kids, Dana volunteers for causes near and dear to her heart: Second Chance Thrift Shop in Brooks and Brooks Food Pantry- both missions of Brooks UMC. She is the 2017 Visitor Chair for BWFC and feels it’s the perfect role for her as she loves meeting new people. Dana is also a virtual skin care franchise owner representing Rodan and Fields’ products. She also describes herself as:

Entrepreneur, Mom of 7, Luckiest Wife in the World, Life Long Learner, Optimist to the Core, Animal Lover, Exercise Enthusiast, Lover of all things German.

 

 

Ellie White-Stevens, O Christmas Tea Chair

Ellie White-Stevens Ellie White-Stevens started her career as an international journalist for Operation Mobilization. After three years in nonprofit corporate communications, Ellie transitioned to The Citizen, where she became their top salesperson. Eight years ago, Ellie branched out on her own to start the marketing agency that has become Dirt1x which stands for Do It Right The 1st Time.
Ellie assists small businesses with growth strategies through her Sustainable Marketing System. Her team creates compelling sales materials and brands that last. She can craft a story. Create a tagline. Build a website. And still have time for community leadership and networking.
Ellie was the first Young Professional of the Year for the Fayette Chamber. Ellie is a member and coach with PowerCore. A past Business Women of Fayette and Coweta Business Woman of the Year, she served as President for two years. Currently, she is the BWFC Marketing Chair. Each year Ellie chairs the O Christmas Tea committee and has raised over $113,000 in the last eight years, all to help the victims of domestic violence.

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