2020 Women Of Business 2020: Going The Distance

2020 Women Of Business 2020: Going The Distance

October 22, 2020.  The UGA Small Business Development Center in Macon and Macon Magazine are partnering to host an entirely virtual online conference event of women business leaders.   Log on to this professional development opportunity. Business isn’t as usual, but we’re here to lean on, learn from and lead each other — going the distance, even when we’re socially distant.


Business usually does not deter these disruptors from going the distance!  They are disrupting the industries of Technology, Rescue Operations, Landscape, and the Judicial Realm, where they serve as the women in charge.






Meet Some of Our Women Disruptors!


Moderator: Judge Verda M. Colvin, The State’s first African‑American female appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals by a Republican governor.

Susannah C. Maddux, Publisher & Editor, Macon Magazine, a bi-monthly publication in its 35th year that seeks, shares and celebrates the good life and great stories in Macon, Georgia and surrounding regions.

Lt. Brenda Cliette-Thomas, the First African-American Female Fire Prevention Director and first female to hold the rank of Chief on the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.


Kathy McArthur, is a personal injury attorney and founder and owner of McArthur Law Firm. With over 40 years’ experience representing clients, McArthur focuses her practice on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases caused by car wrecks or medical malpractice.

Catalina Torres Lopez, MSH-ESCD with Navicent Health. She is an Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach who specializes in preventing and managing chronic diseases through exercise and lifestyle behavior changes. 



Nichole Brewer, Owner and CEO of B. Monroe Salon. Despite being 24-years-old, Brewer had a knack for cultivating strong relationships with her clients and a natural talent for cosmetology. 



Jessica Walden, Business and Leadership Advisor. She serves a dual role with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and the Georgia Small Business Development Center. This role is dedicated to south and central Georgia to support business and leadership development efforts in the region.



Lauren Healey is faculty with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, where she serves as a public service associate specialized in designing, delivering and evaluating youth and multigenerational leadership programs and trainings for diverse audiences.


Joy Fulmer Dyer, Owner of Four Seasons Georgia, LLC.  In 2011, She launched her own landscape firm, Four Seasons of Georgia, LLC.  Our core values surround service to others.  We strive to serve our clients with integrity and respect, our employees with trust and training, and our environment by incorporating sustainable designs. 


April Hornsby, CPA, and Partner with Howard Moore & McDuffie, P.C. She is a native of Macon and obtained her B.B.A with focus in Accounting from Mercer University in 1997. Her areas of expertise include providing advisory, audit, tax, and accounting services to not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. She also provides tax preparation services for individuals and businesses. 




*In order to help small businesses recover from the effects of COVID-19, the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is currently offering all of its continuing education programming at no direct charge to small business owners, employees and prospective business owners for calendar year 2020 thanks to special funding from the CARES Act.











Teddy Hernandez, who goes by Teddy Da Kid, has worked as an entertainment DJ and mixmaster for 15 years. She got her start in radio, quickly working her way up from intern to production manager for WRWR, WFXM and WYPZ.  At Power 107.1 she was the first female mixer, first female production director, and the first female to hold down the afternoon drive.

Lori Brewer, Founder and CEO of LBA Ware™, A technology leader in the industry, an Inc. 5000 company, and recipient of the prestigious Tech All-Star award by the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Geneva West, Founder and Executive Director of Real IMPACT Center, Inc. Since, 2013, West has taken on the mission of closing the gender-gap in STEM education and careers in Central Georgia by creating a hands-on project-based STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program for girls.

Myrtle S. Habersham, M. S. Habersham Consulting Services, LLC. She is a seasoned small business owner who has founded, operated and co-owned multiple ventures spanning several decades.


Natasha Phillips, Owner of Fountain of Juice (FOJ), is a second-generation restauranteur from Macon, GA. Out of sheer necessity for gourmet lunch spots, Fountain of Juice was born.



Dallas Roper, is Counsel in the James, Bates, Brannan, Groover, LLP. firm’s Macon Office. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, mainly insurance defense. Prior to joining the firm, Dallas gained 16 years of legal experience working as a legal secretary and law clerk prior to practicing law. 


Lisa Rackley, SHRM-SCP, SBDC Macon, Area Director, Ms. Rackley worked in Human Resources for a manufacturing facility prior to joining the Small Business Development Center. Her previous experience includes working with consulting firms specializing in retirement and disability plan administration. Ms. Rackley’s areas of interest include employee benefits and recruiting.


Jessica White, SBDC Macon, Business Consultant, brings a rich background of sales, marketing and technology experience to the Macon SBDC branch.  Though a lifelong resident of the middle Georgia area, Jessica spent over twelve years consulting with small & mid-size businesses throughout the rural areas of middle and South Georgia to the metropolitan territories of Atlanta and Charlotte.


Jan Douglass, commercial banker with Persons Banking Company is a native of Houston County with a banking career spanning 30 years. Over her career Jan has held many roles to include Financial Consulting, Retail Management, Treasury Management and Commercial Banking.  Jan enjoys working to support the community.


Candy Taylor, owner/operator of a Farmers Insurance Agency.  The business was opened in October of 2013 and during this time I have received multiple awards and designations for high levels of sales and service.  My primary motivation has always been to really help my client protect what is important and to LISTEN so that I understand his or her needs. 


WHEN:  Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 9a.m. – 3p.m.


WEBINAR:  ZOOM link is received after completed registration.

Call 478-757-3609  for more information.





“Public information supported through the CARES Act. The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.” All programs of the UGA SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.