Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute Announces New Board Chair, 3 New Board Members

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute announce Tangela Johnson, president and CEO of North Georgia Corporate Consulting, as the chair of the 2021 Board of Directors. CWLI has also added three new board members including Frances Bayly, a data analyst at Tennessee Valley Authority; Erika Burnett, executive director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, and Emily Elord, founder and president of Workzbe. 

Ms. Johnson is a corporate culture and leadership development expert, seasoned consultant, executive coach, dynamic speaker and author of “Relaxed Power:  How to live a purposed (not perfect) life”. Ms. Johnson’s company, a professional development boutique has helped multimillion dollar companies across multiple industries for more than two decades. She has a bachelor's degree from The University of Georgia and a master's degree from UTC.

Ms. Johnson’s passion for leadership extends into the field of education. She was previously appointed by former Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Board. Other former community roles include Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow and alumnus of the prestigious Leadership Georgia Program. 

In addition to serving as the 2021 Board Chair for Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, Ms. Johnson also currently serves as a board member for Siskin’s Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation.  Previously, she served as a board member of the Rotary Club of Dalton, The Urban League of Chattanooga, Launch of Chattanooga, Co-Lab, and the Dalton Convention Center Board as vice-chair.  She was vice-chair of the Dalton-Whitfield Consolidation Commission where she co-authored the Commission’s final report. She served on the Dalton-Whitfield Library Board Authority (chair), and worked as an adjunct professor at Dalton State College for several years.

When speaking of her guiding principles for her year as the board chair for CWLI, Ms. Johnson said, "Truly powerful women can celebrate the greatness of others without having their own values, talent, or self-worth diminished. Women should never feel the need to abdicate their power. Instead, they should embrace and mature it in ways that make the world better for them, their families, and their communities. CWLI is here to equip women to do just that.” 

CWLI also welcomes the talents of Frances Bayly (program manager, Pricing Structuring and Analysis Commercial Energy Solutions, Tennessee Valley Authority), Erika Burnett (executive director, Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga) and Emily Elrod (founder/CEO, Workzbe). These women have been active in the organization and bring valuable partnership opportunities that will help elevate the capacity of CWLI members, said officials. CWLI looks forward to accelerating their work to equip female professionals solving modern problems under the leadership of these women. 



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