JANUARY 28-29, 2021
Women's Education & Empowerment Conference
10AM - 3PM

Spark Ambition Creativity Wealth Action You.

Presented by Kathy Hood Empowers & The South Fulton Chamber of Commerce

The State of the Woman Address

The State of the Woman Address is an awe-inspiring assembly of superwomen imparting their wisdom and encourage and empower our attendees to take charge of their mind, body, and money so they can flourish in their lives.  They will be sharing their failing forward stories and dropping jewels that will stick with you for a lifetime.  You will be inspired and energized by phenomenal, destiny-led leaders from diverse industries.

Experience your own heart-racing aha! moment at #SOTW2021.

Dress Down, SCALE UP

Our 2021 theme, Dress Down, SCALE UP challenges all of us to dig deep and focus on real strategies and tactics for growth, rather than “the fancy outside.” This year’s event brings us experts in holistic health, investing, financial management, franchising, and more. Expect big things and practical knowledge in our 5th State of the Woman Address.

About KHE & the South Fulton Chamber

Kathy Hood Empowers

Your future is not ahead of you but trapped inside of you

Kathy Hood, founder of the award-winning program Woman University, international trainer and motivational speaker, and host of The Kathy Hood Show podcast, has conversations with individuals who have beat the odds, discovered their gifts, pursued their dreams & visions, and now operate in the power and authority that was already inside them.

South Fulton Chamber of Commerce

A steadfast commitment to local enterprise is what drives the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce, a business membership organization dedicated to promoting business development in East Point, College Park, Hapeville, Union City, Fairburn, Palmetto, Chattahoochee Hills, The City of South Fulton, and Southwest Atlanta.

Empowering, Encouraging, and Equipping YOU to Prosper!

Kick off your prosperous 2021 with awesome inspiration, powerful networking, and new sisterfriends.

Featured Sessions

Hear from amazing leaders making strides in across diverse industries and showing you how to make it happen for you, too.

Sabrina Merritt

The Art of Networking

In this amazing Art of Networking session, participants learn how to cultivate, maintain, and leverage their personal and professional relationships to create a network that supports success. Whether you’re navigating your way up the corporate ladder or building your own empire you’re only as successful in life and business as the breadth and depth of your relationships with others.

Wanda Webb

When She Invests

Good news: The wealth gap for women is quickly closing due to user friendly technology, investment communities and an ability to share faster than ever. When a woman is provided opportunities to advance herself she is also more likely to share; creating more wealth for her community. Wanda Webb shares her story of how she and her network are helping women reclaim the topic of money!

Tracey Bryant Swint

Increasing Your Feminine Fire

In this amazing Art of Networking session, participants learn how to cultivate, maintain, and leverage their personal and professional relationships to create a network that supports success. Whether you’re navigating your way up the corporate ladder or building your own empire you’re only as successful in life and business as the breadth and depth of your relationships with others.

Dr. Lisa Richardson, Stacy Blakley, Kimberly Dove

Women, Business, & Tech

Women’s business and empowerment events often overlook the digital tools and strategies that are necessary to advance our careers and grow our businesses. It’s time to change that and normalize technology planning and strategy in our discussions about business. This panel session will feature a candid discussion about women’s relationships with business and technology between leaders in very different fields: Dr. Lisa Richardson, a business technology strategy consultant, Stacy Blakely, a civil engineer, and Kimberly Dove, a Fulton County Schools board member.

Sylvester Ford

Franchise Ownership: A Tool to Address the Racial Wealth Gap

Our discussion will focus on how franchise ownership has played a role in Black wealth creation through the years since the late sixties and early seventies. The movement of Black franchise ownership began after the unrest of the late sixties. Government policymakers and corporate moguls reasoned that creating high profile Black business people in urban areas would serve as role models. It was also believed that the new business would replace the burned-out storefronts and blighted buildings with new buildings and the revival that would follow. The first franchisors to step up to the plate were in the fast-food industry. Of those, McDonald’s was the most visible. There were others that followed such as Burger King, Burger Chef, and various others. This was a time the franchise industry began taking off. The disappointing thing was that Blacks did not seek or were not offered opportunities for other types of franchises in different industries. The good news is that the franchise industry is now coming to the rescue in a similar time to the earlier racial unrest and with a desire to address the racial wealth gap. So let’s talk Franchise ownership.

Daniella Coffey

Girl, I'm Done with About to

Receive your MBA on overcoming Procrastination, diminishing your light, overthinking, and analyzing. This session will give clear steps using biblical principles and practical tools that will allow the listeners to leave with confidence, clarity, and direction.

Monique Russell

Boundaries are a Woman’s Best Friend:
Dress up Your Language to Scale Your Impact

If you are ready to elevate to the next level of your career or business, having boundaries and enforcing them must be as common as changing clothes. When you lack boundaries in your business and life, you underprice, overwork, hang out with the crowd that plays small, and wish and hope things change. You feel taken advantage of by your colleagues, kids, partners, and more. But not when you have language and confidence to be clear and productive. Dress up your language and voice to scale up. Master the art of decision making with public speaking. Use your voice to gain clarity, tell your story, and set yourself apart.

#SOTWA2021 Speakers

We’ll be filling the room with powerful, focused, amazing women just like you, and hearing from these trailblazing ladies throughout the day.

Kathy Booker Hood

Kathy Hood Empowers

Y. Dyan Matthews

South Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell

City of South Fulton City Council, District 1

Carmalitha Gumbs

City Of South Fulton City Council, District 2

Kimberly Dove

Fulton County School Board
District 6

Stacy Blakley

Douglas Consulting Group

Daniella Coffey

Women Of Faith Entrepreneurs Network

Sabrina Merritt

October Social Media

Wanda Webb

Legacy Worldwide

Dr. Lisa Richardson

drlisadotco Consulting

Sylvester Ford

Alternative Finance & Business Strategies

Monique Russell

Clear Communication Solutions

Tracey Bryant Swint

Hey Honey Wellness Spa

New for 2021, our 5 Minutes of Fire talks are quick, powerful bursts of insight to spark your creative thinking and success. The #SOTWA5MF talks will heat us up on opening day and get us good and ready for Friday’s full-length sessions.

5 Minutes of Fire Presenters

Claressa Winston

C. Winston Speaks

Bibi Williams

Organized Khaos Events

Stephanie Powe

The Forum Coworking & Event Space

Dr. Deborah Johnson-Blake

The Writing Pad

Chantanell Carmichael - Grayer

Motivational Journal Living

Stanford Kimble

GodDriven Global

Karen Phillips

KP Konsulting

Kelli Adams

Weichert Realtors Prestige Partners

Partners & Sponsors

Each year, we’re blessed and grateful for the generous support of our partners. Without them, the State of the Woman Address would not be what it is today!

State of the Woman Address Tickets

Two-day Conference Pass


The Complete SOTWA Digital Conference Experience.
Networking. Collaborations. Scale up.

Advertising & Sponsorship

Be part of the #SOTWA2021 experience! Partner with us to grow your business and promote your brand.

Virtual Assistant Academy

Woman University & the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce have partnered to present the Women’s Business Academy!

WBA is happy to announce the launch of the Certified Virtual Assistant program. Learn advanced skills in business management, technology, and marketing to build your business or advance your career. Classes begin February 8.

Get 2023 State of the Woman Address
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