Announcing Girls Inc. Of Chattanooga 2023 UnBought And UnBossed Honorees

  • Tuesday, December 6, 2022

The UnBought and UnBossed Luncheon is celebrating its 19th year on Friday, March 24, at The Westin. Early bird tickets and tables are on sale now at

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga announces its mentor-honorees to be recognized at the 19th Annual UnBought and UnBossed Awards Luncheon.

Tequilla Hurt- Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Tennessee Valley Authority

Donna Christian-Lowe - COO & VP of Human Resources, MSi Workforce Solutions

Dr. Kia Ruffin- EdD, Community Forward Schools Coordinator, City of Chattanooga- Department of Early Learning

Lori Stenger- Director, Enterprise Forecasting & Financial Planning, Tennessee Valley Authority

Teal Thibaud- Principal, Little Things Lab & Director of Marketing, HK Architects

Dr. Angelnetta McGee Ulmer- Director of Human Resources, Chattanooga Preparatory School

Darin Wright- Owner, Elea Blake Cosmetics

UnBought and UnBossed is a tribute to the spirit and determination of the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first woman to run for President of the United States. Rep. Chisholm declared herself to be a representative of all people and made a commitment to serve as a leader who would remain “unbought and unbossed.” This luncheon has been a Chattanooga favorite for many companies, professionals and community leaders, with hundreds of supporters in attendance celebrating and honoring eight female community leaders who exemplify the Girls Inc. values; strong, smart and bold. These seven women are mentors to seven high school Girls Inc. girls. 

UnBought and UnBossed mentor-honorees are selected by girls participating in the program SHE: She Can, She Will. Teens participating in this program will learn about women who have made an impact throughout history and in their communities. The girls will illustrate the link between past, present and future generations of female leadership by honoring their mentors with a short presentation in front of attendees, during this luncheon. Through this process, girls develop their interviewing, writing, research and presentation skills and form lifelong relationships with their mentors and peers, said officials. 

Over 150 local women have been honored at the UnBought and UnBossed over the past 19 years. Honoring Chattanooga’s influential women at UnBought and UnBossed is a way of celebrating the powerful impact women have in the community. UnBought and UnBossed is a time to recognize these seven women for what they have done for their mentee girls who they have mentored, the community and their families.

Sponsorship opportunities are available now. Those interested in supporting Girls Inc. of Chattanooga through UnBought and UnBossed sponsorship, can contact Taylor Hixson at or 498-5079 to learn more.

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