By Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor | Mar 24, 2017 | In The Community

Back: SMP Senior Attorney Melanie Webre, senior attorney and Paralegal Beck Davey. Front: Victoria Turney, marketing director and Assistant Paralegal Aimee Bush.

Women from Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor recently joined more than 700 community leaders at the LiveSAFE Resource’s Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement. The Academy of Women Leaders created the annual awards program to honor women who exemplify the qualities of leadership, achievement, dedication and generosity.

For over 32 years, more than 500 women of business, community and leadership have been recognized for their achievement, generosity and willingness to inspire success in others.

Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal served as honorary co-chairs, while Tricia and Mike Pridemore also served as co-chairs for this year’s Tribute to Women of Achievement. Annually, local women leaders are nominated and selected for that year’s recognition and introduction into the Academy of Women Leaders.

At the tribute, Beverly McAfee, a real estate and development executive - was named Woman of the Year for her betterment efforts in the community for over 50 years. The title recognizes her distinct leadership style as well as her expertise in balancing business, community and family.

“The Tribute was very impressive,” said Becky Davey, a paralegal at SMP, “meeting this and past year’s honorees and leaders in our community was inspirational and provided a look into efforts of this communities leaders and their support of LSR.”

According to Victoria Turney, SMP’s marketing director and past honoree in the Academy - the Tribute gives LSR the opportunity to say “thank you” to outstanding women in our community.

“Our honorees are exemplary role models, entrepreneurs, business leaders, elected officials, community leaders, educators, volunteers and mothers,” said Holly Tuchman, CEO and executive director of LSR.

Tuchman continued to share that being a part of the Academy of Women Leaders gives members a platform to continue to shape communities and be a part of the development and mentoring program for future female leaders. The Academy also acts as an influential voice in the community at large, supporting the work that LiveSAFE Resources does to make a difference in the lives of women.

Past winners have come from all walks of life with diverse career paths and ethnic backgrounds. They have helped and mentored one another selflessly in an effort to ensure that each one is a strong contributor to the Academy of Women Leaders. Women from Cobb, Cherokee or Paulding counties are eligible to receive this honor.

SMP has a proud history of supporting clients in domestic violence cases. As an advocate of those who have suffered through domestic violence, SMP remains dedicated to supporting LiveSAFE Resource’s mission: To provide safety and healing to those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.

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