Featured Speakers

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010 in Events | Comments Off on Featured Speakers


Come for a Visit, Stay to Make a Difference.


Below is the list of our featured speakers for our bi-monthly meetings.

Also, be sure to check out our Calendar of Events on the right hand side of this page.

Upcoming events and meetings are added regularly.

august speakerAUGUST 2012 MEETING


Join us for our next bi-monthly meeting  August 28.

We are honored to have Debbie Britt. In 2007, Debbie Britt was named Executive Director for Fayette Senior Services, Inc. (FSS), a non-profit organization that is Fayette County’s leading provider of programs that support and improve the emotional, social, and physical well-being of older adults.  She has been instrumental in transforming the organization from a small, social service provider to a dynamic and well-respected leader in the non-profit/aging service arena.  In early 2011 she was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. During her tenure at FSS, annual revenue grew by 180% and membership at FSS’s vibrant Life Enrichment Center for active older adults (Fayetteville and Peachtree City) has grown more than 5,000% over the last five years.

After attending Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Debbie’s early career began in the field of advertising and public relations working for McCann-Erickson Worldwide and subsequently J. P. Stevens & Co. The majority of her 30-year professional career was spent with Porex Corporation, a global subsidiary of WebMD Health Corp., where she held the position of Vice President of Corporate Communications. Prior to joining Fayette Senior Services, she served on FSS’s Board of Directors for four years during which time she owned Britt Ideas, her own successful marketing and business development consultancy.

Debbie serves on Board of Directors for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the Meals On Wheels Association of America. Debbie and her husband Mike have resided in Peachtree City since 1994.




Join us for our next bi-monthly meeting  August 23.

We are honored to have Vanessa Mottley.  Venessa has worked in the non-profit domestic violence field for the last eleven years. She started out as Training Program Director for a 12 month residential program for women with life-controlling issues. She went on to become Shelter Director for a non-profit women’s shelter and was in that position for 3 years.

In 2003, Vanessa obtained a position with Fayette County Council on Domestic Violence d/b/a Promise Place as their project coordinator – helping to expand services currently being provided by the agency to new areas and so helping grow the program as a whole. With the opening of the domestic violence shelter in 2007 Vanessa took on the position as Shelter Director, assisting in putting together the framework for services provided at the shelter while also providing assistance to the Executive Director.

In 2007, Vanessa  became chair of the Griffin Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force which works alongside other agencies to provide domestic violence awareness as well as hold batterers accountable throughout the circuit.

One in ten female employees are currently experiencing domestic violence. One-fifth of current domestic violence victims said that they were experiencing some abuse while at work. Vanessa will offer the BWFC audience a greater understanding of domestic violence and its impact on the lives of coworkers. Our businesses will receive local resources to trained domestic violence advocates as well as receive information on how to create a workplace that is safe and responsive to victims of domestic violence through policies and protocols.

Taking steps to offer resources to victims and education to employees and management can reduce a company’s liability and losses, and improve the quality of life of its primary resource: people. The consequences of domestic violence can affect anyone and/or everyone. Promise Place hopes to have the opportunity to promote safety in the workplace.

Vanessa is now serving as Executive Director for Promise Place. Vanessa is a member of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Governor’s Office on Family and Children Domestic Violence Advisory Board.

Rob Benson



Join us for our next bi-monthly meeting which is right around the corner June 28.

We are honored to have Rob Benson speaking on the CODE approach to increasing sales.  The discussion will include the challenges associated with sales in today’s environment, recommendations for improving the current sales approach and strategies on how to begin implementing CHANGE.

ROB BENSON is Lead Consultant of Learning Unlimited Corporation, a firm which provides Reality-Based Training, Coaching and Consulting for High Impact Issues and High Value Personnel. He is a sought-after speaker and coach who advises senior personnel on systematic approaches to engagement, performance and productivity.
Rob has achieved prominence in the Training & Development field, having earned the highly respected International Association of Facilitators Certified Professional Facilitator, a designation achieved after rigorous examination and held by less than 500 facilitators world-wide. He is a Charter member of the Society for Advancement of Consulting, an international organization which grants membership based on demonstration of the candidate’s professionalism, ethics, and history of successful interventions. A Certified Master Trainer of the Best-in-Class Trouble Shooting Logic methodologies, an Inscape Certified DiSC Trainer and a University of Southern Mississippi Certified Training Professional, Rob has designed and delivered customized training and train-the-trainer sessions for a diverse range of organizations. The Mid-South Region of the Association for Experiential Education honored him and two partners with the “Challenge Award,” given in recognition of “a collective effort to provide a community with outstanding services [i.e., training] that are experiential in nature.”

In his decade of guiding and growing FSTD, the firm has served a diverse clientele, from small non-profits and business start-ups to Georgia-Pacific, BorgWarner, Dow Chemical, Baxter Health Care, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. He, his wife Melissa and their three children live in Fayetteville, GA.




To round out 2010, we had an incredible bi-monthly meeting at Maguire’s.  We had a fairly small crowd due to the holidays, but it is amazing what magic happens at our meetings. In addition to all of the good information that we shared about the organization and our last cause, O Christmas Tea, we had the pleasure and honor of having Rachel Smartt, from Smartt Nutrition, speak.  Rachel shared her story and why she does what she does.  It was truly inspiring and informative.  We are so blessed to have such passionate and educated women in our midst.

Rachel Smartt

Rachel’s philosophy on life is about creating better moments and a better quality of life. “When you become who you were meant to be, you’re able to have moments where time stops. That’s when you connect with your children, laugh with your friends, commune with God and nature. These time stoppers are what makes life matter,” said Rachel Smartt. “Your health is the most valuable thing you have.”




Join us for our next bi-monthly meeting which is right around the corner August 24.

We are honored to have Michelle Blose, Senior Community Manager of the American Cancer Society as our guest speaker.

Michelle believes this evening’s presentation is important for several reasons.  First, the Business Women of Fayette & Coweta supports the Barons’ Ball each year financially and its members should understand how the funds are making a difference in our community.  Second, we are fortunate to have an American Cancer Society office in our area that includes a wig room and other services.  By spreading the word about ACS services, we can help more people during their cancer journey

Ms. Blose presentation will include:

  1. The mission of the American Cancer Society
  2. The  programs and services offered by ACS in Coweta & Fayette counties
  3. Their support for Caregivers
  4. Events in Coweta & Fayette County

Michelle Blose began her non-profit career at the Share Foundation in Indiana and after two years, Michelle moved on to Junior Achievement of Chicago where she managed fundraising events.  After relocating to the Atlanta area in 2006 with her husband, Michelle began working at the American Cancer Society where she managed Relay for Life events and coordinated patient service programs in surrounding counties.  After being promoted to Senior Community Manager in 2008, Michelle now manages the Peachtree City office and works with volunteers to plan the annual Cattle Barons’ Ball.

Please plan on joining us for a very special evening.

Time:   6:00PM – Meet… Greet… & Eat           7:00PM – BWFC Meeting

Location: Maguire’s Family & Friends

Ellie White-Stevens

Ellie White-Stevens, Marketing Guru



Join us for our next bi-monthly meeting which is right around the corner.  Be sure to mark your calendars for June 22.

We are honored to have Ellie White-Stevens as our guest speaker.

Get ready to jump start your business.

Ellie’s presentation will be “Blue Chip Branding on a Blue Plate Budget”. She will be discussing key basic marketing principles that every business person should know. These principles save money and make for better business. Most businesswomen know their specialty, but not necessarily the marketing basics.

Ellie White-Stevens, Marketing Guru, has over a decade of experience in advertising, sales, marketing and corporate communications. When Ellie was ten-years old she was told she had “no tact.” She has turned that into a career of telling it like it is. A Calvin graduate in communications, Ellie worked with non-profits, health care and the media on marketing. She has helped hundreds of clients with logos, corporate identity, advertising and public relations campaigns. Ellie was trained to sing opera, but brings diva-style only when appropriate. She lives in Sharpsburg, Georgia with her stellar-smart sons and her guitar-wielding husband Matt.

Time:   6:00PM – Meet… Greet… & Eat           7:00PM – BWFC Meeting

Location: Maguire’s Family & Friends

Joyce Beverly

Email me at joyce.beverly@fayettewoman.com



Mark your calendars for our bi-monthly meeting on April 27.

We are honored to have Joyce Beverly of the Fayette Women magazine as our guest speaker.

She plans to talk to us about how “Every one of us has a story” and how we can learn from each other’s stories, particularly as women in business.

Joyce Beverly is a passionate community journalist, having spent more than 30 years working for community publications. She owned her hometown newspaper for 11 years, and now works with her husband who publishes The Citizen newspapers in Fayette and Coweta counties.

Since 2002, she has been publisher of Fayette Woman. She has been responsible for making payroll for 20 years, all while keeping kids fed, clothed and educated, and patching roofs as necessary. She is intimate with the joys and agonies that are associated with working for you …and she would not trade it for anything.


Time:   6:00PM – Meet… Greet… & Eat           7:00PM – BWFC Meeting

Location: Maguire’s Family & Friends

Amy Anderson helps clients find balance Aim Me, Future Mapping

Amy Anderson helps clients find balance at... Aim Me, Future Mapping



Mark your calendars for our bi-monthly meeting on February 23.

We are honored to have Amy Anderson as our guest speaker. Get ready for some life-changing direction.

Amy Anderson approaches life and business with enthusiasm and energy. A native of Michigan, Amy calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home. Just south of vibrant metro Atlanta, Amy works with corporations and individuals to find a future map for effective career transition.

Amy provides a shot of positivity and possibility in phone and one-on-one consultations, as well as workshops. Since graduating with a degree in Employment Relations from Michigan State, Amy has 15 years of career transition expertise. Since 2006, she has been a Highlands Affiliate, analyzing and processing the ideal implementation of her client’s natural talents. She’s completed Coaches Training Institute, and as of June 2010, Amy’s a Certified Professional Co-active Coach. Her resume includes executive positions with the American Heart Association and the Carter Center.

In her neighborhood, Amy advocates, volunteers and fund raises for a local safe haven for the victims of domestic violence. She serves on the board of a business women charity organization, and regularly cha-chas her way to fitness with Zumba. Amy enjoys spending time outdoors and with her two elementary-age sons. She has a passion for spiritual and personal growth and helping her clients achieve their dreams.

Time: 7:00PM
Location: Maguire’s Family & Friends