Girls Inc. Announces 10th Anniversary Honorees For UnBought And UnBossed Awards

Monday, December 16, 2013

Named for the phrase coined by Shirley Chisholm during her historic run for the 1972 democratic presidential nomination, the UnBought & UnBossed Awards honor local women who through their career achievement and/or community involvement have made a significant impact on the lives of women and girls. Community members submit nominations of women residing in Hamilton County and the ten honorees are chosen by ten high school-aged girls participating in Girls Inc.

's Women History Project. 


The 10th anniversary honorees for 2014 are:


Dr. Stephanie Bellar - Professor - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Dr. Christine Benz Smith - PhD, FNP-BC, Interim Director of the UT Chattanooga School of Nursing


Lacey S. Furr - Vice President Business Banking, Regions Bank


Jenise Gordon - Educator, Girls Preparatory School


Donna McConnico - CEO, Signals,Inc.


Diane S. Parks - Director, Leadership and Community Development - Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce


Kathy Purnell - Field Education Coordinator & Instructor - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Bobbie Standefer - Certified Senior Advisor, Owner of Allison Senior Advising and Insurance


The Honorable L. Marie Williams - Judge of Division III of the Circuit Court of Hamilton County, Tennessee


Gladys Pineda-Loher - Director of International Community Outreach, Chattanooga State Community College


As part of the Women's History Project, girls learn about the history of women's rights in the United States, about Shirley Chisholm and the traits of leaders.  This foundational information is the basis for the girls to select an honoree that inspires them from the community nominations. In addition, the participants hone their interview, research and public speaking skills as they develop moving presentations to deliver in tribute to the Unbought and Unbossed honorees at the annual awards luncheon in April. Past participants have created original art, written poetry and made videos to showcase the life of their honoree.


Girls participating in this year's Women's History Project are: Ebonee Chappell (11th grade at East Ridge High School), Alexis Dozier (9th grade at Red Bank High School), Alexis Eaton (10th grade at CSAS), Sophie Epstein (12th grade at GPS), Khadesha Gordon (12th grade at CSAS), Emily Horton (12th grade at Hixson High School), Taylor Jackson (10th grade at CSAS), Antinea Jones (12th grade at Brainerd High School), Jasmine Pulliam (10th grade at CCA) and Terri Wright (9th grade at CCA).


The 10th annual UnBought and UnBossed Awards luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. 


Tables for the 10th Annual UnBought & UnBossed Awards luncheon are available at For sponsorship information, contact Phil Trammell at

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