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16 women named to inaugural class of the Lynda B. Williamson Women's Leadership Academy
Program provides training, mentoring
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Pictured are the 16 members of the inaugural class of the Lynda B. Williamson Women's Leadership Academy sponsored by the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation. - photo by Special to the Herald

Prior to her death in November 2014, Lynda Brannen Williamson envisioned a foundation charged with the mission of providing servant leadership training and mentoring to young, professional women in this area.

Lynda's dream became a reality with the recent announcement of the members of the first class of the Lynda B. Williamson Women's Leadership Academy sponsored by the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation. Sixteen young women from Bulloch, Candler and Screven counties have been chosen to take part in the inaugural class.

They are Amy Anderson of Georgia Power Company; Catherine Ball of Ogeechee Technical College; Reagan Dailey of Morris Multimedia; Jennifer Douglas of Ag South; Nicki Guarino of State Farm; Christina Larson of Dabbs, Hickman, Hill, and Cannon; Jenna Lawson of Sea Island Bank; Christa Mallard of Mal-Ad Promotions; America Minc of Georgia Southern University; Hannah Mullins of the Candler County Development Authority; Ava Purcell of Georgia Southern University; Jamie Riggs of the Candler County Chamber of Commerce; Sally Scott of the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation; Cicely Sikes of Georgia Power Company; Kelly Spence of the Bulloch County Board of Education; and Ty White of Ogeechee Technical College.

Members of the class will attend classes over a nine-month period on a variety of topics, including career and professional development, legislative procedures and functions, and fostering relationships.

The group's first session was a two-day retreat at the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia in Athens this past Thursday and Friday.

Lynda B. Williamson Foundation president Lisa Lee said, "Lynda's legacy to these young women is to offer them opportunities to be all that they can be professionally and personally. The long-term impact on our communities is that leaders will develop who will bring positive change to our society.

"I think Lynda said it best in this quote, 'I think it is so important to give young women guidance, mentorship, and a path by which to maximize their potential for all the right reasons, in all the right ways.'"