Leading Ladies P H OTO G RA P H Y B Y BET H MA NN
Durham Magazine, Chatham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine honored the publications’ Women of Achievement – incredible women with inspiring stories who we profile every spring – in May at The Carolina Inn. The event included preceremony cocktails from Durham Distillery, lunch and an hour of networking. Our COO Rory Gillis and Vice President Ellen Shannon emceed the program; Heidi Werner Dawson of The Carolina Inn and Sunny Johnson of Johnson Lexus welcomed the guests; and speakers Katie Loovis of the Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and Jesica Averhart of Leadership Triangle shared personal anecdotes. Katie spoke about how “riding waves” of focus and confidence had earned her a position at the White House and beyond, while Jesica discussed the value of “crucible moments” in shaping her life. The event was sponsored by Johnson Lexus, The Carolina Inn, Wake Radiology, Aesthetic Solutions, Bull City Smiles, US Foods, Trinity Partners, Merrill Lynch and Great Big Canvas.
1 Katie Loovis, Sunny Johnson, Jes Averhart, Rory Gillis and Ellen Shannon. 2 Rhonda Stevens and Catherine Williamson-Hardy from the Durham County Department of Social Services. 3 Dana Lange with Jeanne Murray, Susan Ross and Mary Moss of moss+ross. 4 Afreen Allam of SiNON Therapeutics holds up her feature from the 2019 Women’s Issue. 5 Amy Mayer, Suzie Havens and Chelsea Garner of Trinity Partners with Durham Magazine’s Kem Johnson. 6 Kim Lan Grout, who was on the cover of our 2016 Women’s issue, and her daughter, Kim-An, 8. 18