During the 2012 season the Atlanta Dream introduced their Inspiring Women Board. Led by Dream owners Kelly Loeffler and Mary Brock, the board consists of women representing Atlanta’s elite in the fields of business and sports. These women were chosen because they are all ideal role models and share a passion for inspiring future generations of women. Together with the Atlanta Dream and corporate partners they have created a speaker series that provides inspiration and networking opportunities for women of Atlanta.
We are proud to partner with each of the dedicated corporate partners listed below for our Inspiring Women program. We would like to thank each of these organizations for all they do to make the Atlanta Dream's Inspiring Women Program successful.
BARBARA BORCZAK, PARTNER, FRAZIER & DEETER
Barbara provides specialized tax and accounting services to privately held businesses, their owners and executives. With more than 13 years of experience, she is established in a variety of industries, including real estate, construction, manufacturing, retail and distribution, professional services, and investment management.
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ELIZABETH "BETH" BIGGS, VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL COUNSEL, AARON'S, INC.
Elizabeth “Beth” Gibbs has been the Vice President and General Counsel for Aaron's Inc. since 2006. Beth leads the Company’s legal group, is a member of Aaron’s senior executive leadership team and is responsible for all legal and governmental affairs for the lease-to-own retailer. She has 25 years of experience in corporate and private practice. Prior to assuming her current post, she held various positions of increasing responsibility in companies, including The Home Depot and The Athlete's Foot. Beth’s civic activities include serving as an officer and member of the board of directors of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), a not-for-profit arts group that produces, among other events, the largest annual community-oriented photography festival in the United States. ACP’s mission is to make Atlanta a recognized international center for photography. Beth also is active with the Board of Directors Network, whose mission is to seek to influence public companies to further the advancement of women in the boardroom and executive suites. BDN advocates for more women in both executive leadership and on corporate boards to improve corporate governance through diversity.
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BETH S. SCHAPIRO, PhD, PRESIDENT, THE SCHAPIRO GROUP
The savvy strategist for countless successful campaigns, Beth Schapiro is president of The Schapiro Group, a public opinion research and strategic consulting firm serving clients in the areas of marketing, communications, and advocacy. She founded the firm in 1984, following positions at Research Atlanta, Georgia Office of Planning and Budget, and Atlanta Public Schools. Beth was a founding board member of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and is an alumna of both Leadership America and Leadership Atlanta. She is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Board of Trustees and Atlanta Rotary. Beth is the former president of the Cool Girls board and Women Business Owners. Beth holds a BS in Education from the University of Maryland, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from Emory University. Beth was a Founding Fan of the Atlanta Dream and has been a season-ticket holder every year since. She is proud to Run With the Dream!
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ERICA DECHICCHIS, VP & DIRECTOR OF CLIENT & COMMUNITY RELATIONS, PNC BANK
With extensive experience in events, corporate sponsorship and community relations, Erica brings her expertise to PNC in Atlanta to execute PNC’s corporate-wide goals and strategies. Working closely with regional President, Eddie Meyers, she is responsible for keeping the PNC brand promise as it relates to employees, customers and the communities the bank serves. She does this through communications and client relations programs, as well as sports marketing and grass roots community relations efforts. Erica brings a passionate community commitment with her experience on multiple business and charitable organizations including the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, the US Women's Golf Open, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She sits on the Professional Women's Alliance board here in Atlanta.
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LEIGHANN COSTLEY, PARTNER, FRAZIER & DEETER
LeighAnn brings over 17 years of tax experience to her role as the newly appointed leader of Frazier & Deeter's tax practice. She provides tax planning and compliance for closely held businesses, individuals, and family and multiple generation entities and trusts. LeighAnn is very active in the community, serving in board roles on Kate’s Club, the Woodruff Arts Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
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NATALIE ROSS, FOUNDER & HEAD STRATEGY, 800 DEGREES
As Founder and Head of Strategy of 800 Degrees, Natalie Ross draws on 18 years of experience as a brand strategist with significant client-side management and consulting experience. Her expertise in brand strategy, brand positioning, brand architecture and naming has been successfully used by industry leaders in the consumer, financial services, technology, industrial products, and healthcare sectors. Natalie’s unique accomplishments are visible at companies such as American Cancer Society, Cartoon Network, Coke, Dixie, Georgia-Pacific, SunTrust, Turner and Visa. Natalie has helped develop some of the world’s most respected brands and applies her key learnings to all 800 Degrees’ assignments. A recognized expert, she was previously recruited from Interbrand to build Landor’s strategic brand architecture competency. She also has held corporate marketing positions at MasterCard International, JP Morgan Chase and IBM and, prior to founding the Atlanta-based brand consultancy with Mark Speece, Natalie was president of NSR Consulting.
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