Last year in honor of Women's History Month, in addition to acknowledging the accomplishments of the nominees chosen by the people in the areas of business, health, music and entertainment, the CHOZEN AWARDS honored six dynamic women across Atlanta.

Luisa Margarita Ayes

Jennifer Bonnett, Co-founder, Startup Chicks
Jennifer Bonnett is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology field. She is currently Chief Chick of StartupChicks and CEO of Nexpense. She also spends considerable time consulting to Startups and Media companies on web and mobile technology through VIC Technologies. StartupChicks is a networking and educational organization for women entrepreneurs focused on Media, Tech, Bio Tech, and Green Startups. Jennifer founded StartupChicks in 2009 to connect with existing women entrepreneurs and grow/inspire future generations of women to become entrepreneurs. StartupChicks has grown to over 600 members.

Nina Brown

Jacqui Chew, Founder, iFusion Marketing
Jacqui Chew is an expert on developing and executing go-to-market strategies for emerging and established brand that produce results. As principal of iFusion Marketing, she utilizes fundamental marketing principles and technology including social media to affect change for her clients.

During her career, Jacqui has accumulated 15 years of experience delivering multi-channel marketing, public relations and business development programs to global companies in the enterprise software, Internet, information security and consumer products and services sectors. Previously, she held leadership positions at CoreCard Software, Manning, Selvage & Lee, PeopleSoft, Silverpop and Stonesoft. She has also consulted at such Fortune 1000 businesses as Chupa Chups USA, eBay, IBM e-Business Services and SSL International.

Marynell Meadors

Drexina Nelson, CEO, Drexina Nelson Photography
Drexina Nelson began her career in Atlanta as a makeup artist for some of the citys most prominent photographers. Upon completing both her B.A. and M.B.A. degrees at Clark Atlanta University, she opted to pursue a career in photography where she could combine her love for beauty and the arts, her keen eye for composition and style, and her knowledge of business.

Her recent clients include Universal Music Group, Sony Music Group, Jezebel Magazine, Senses Magazine, Vogue, Nike NY, Gospel Today Magazine, Mami Magazine, Click Models, Elite Models, Major Models, recording artists & producers: Ludacris, Kanye West, Akon, Idris Elba, Devyne Stephens, Kandi Burress, Mario, J. Moss, Babbie Mason, Vogue magazine, Badgley Mischka,, and Bravo among others.


Afeni Shakur, Philanthropist
Afeni Shakur, former revolutionary and activist in the Black Panther movement, might first be known to the younger crowd as the mother of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, is an outspoken advocate for today’s youth.

Her story of struggle encourages others and the victories of her life empower as her vision has created an empire; as founder and CEO of Amaru Entertainment, Inc., a record and film production company, and creator of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Catherine L. Ross

Stacy Williams Shuker, Director, Georgia Department of Economic Development
Stacy Williams Shuker, director of the Center of Innovation (COI) for Life Sciences, has a broad array of entrepreneurial and research-oriented experience.

After taking leadership of the COI for Life Sciences, Stacy pioneered the use of social media to connect and inform the life science industry. By using tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Ning, she has created a growing network of professionals from scientific, business, legal, regulatory and marketing backgrounds. Stacy is also an active member of GeorgiaBio and is serving as co-chair of the Georgia Life Sciences Summit Poster Session.

Dee Dee Cocheta-Williams

Mary Wilson, Director, East Point Community Action Team, Inc.
Mary Wilson has been a community builder working in South Fulton to educate and empower residents and stakeholders to address critical community issues. She has accomplished this work through engaging people through community service, service learning projects and by developing networks of community supports.

Ms. Wilson established the East Point Community Action Team (EP-CAT) in 1999. Through EP-CAT, Ms. Wilson has provided community development support through programs and referrals for the past ten years. These services include but are not limited to the following initiatives: The Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Natural Helpers, Stand For Children Day, Youth Action Center, Stepping Ahead II, South Fulton Substance Abuse Prevention Network (SAPNET), SAPNET/4-H Summer Camp, Warm Chatter Cafe and collaborations with major service providers for the strengthening of families within South Fulton communities.

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