Atlanta Dream’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower in an effort to affect change by building a positive legacy on the following four pillars of:
Health & Wellness, Education, Diversity & Inclusion and Inspiring Women.
2017 Inspiring Women
July 9, 2017 – Sheri Riley
Sheri Riley is an Empowerment Speaker, Life Strategist and Author. Her book, Exponential Living – Stop Spending 100% of your Time on 10% of Who You Are is the guide to helping high achievers integrate their personal desires with their professional achievement. She works with celebrities, athletes, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and all around busy individuals to make choices that lead to less stress, better clarity and a more fulfilling life. Before that, she spent 20 years creating innovative marketing strategies for some of the world’s biggest celebrities and corporations including Usher, TLC, Toni Braxton and the NBA. She has been a keynote speaker at Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Success Conference, the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines and the NBA Wives Behind the Beach Conference while still finding time to be a devoted wife, mother and daughter.
July 7, 2017 – Tamika Catchings
Tamika Catchings is a recently retired WNBA player. Catchings played her entire 15-year career with the Indiana Fever where she won a championship, a Finals MVP award, a regular-season MVP award, five Defensive Player of the Year Awards, WNBA Rookie of the Year award and played on ten WNBA All-Star teams. During her legendary career, she also helped Team USA to four Olympic gold medals. In addition to all her success on the court, Catchings has also proven to be a leader off it. Her Catch the Stars foundation has promoted literacy and staying healthy for almost 15 years, and she was the first female recipient of the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. She was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015 and had her jersey retired by the Fever earlier this year.
July 2, 2017 – Lorraine Thomas
Lorraine Thomas is the CEO and founder of Destiny’s Daughters of Promise. A professional speaker, author and workshop facilitator, Thomas started Destiny’s Daughters of Promise to help teens discover their purpose and develop the skills necessary to prepare them for college and careers. She has nearly 20 years of experience speaking to diverse audiences at conferences, retreats, schools and other community organizations. She is zealous about helping young women reach their full potential, build resilience and make healthy choices and uses her Master’s Degree in Education to fully equip middle and high school girls with leadership and life skills not addressed in public school curriculum. She has been featured in news articles, magazines and on TV and radio interviews.
June 30, 2017 – Lady Chi’Ira Oliver
Lady Chi’Ira Oliver is the leader of Women of Worship ministry at Elizabeth Baptist Church. Lady Oliver has transformed the WOW ministry into one the largest and most impactful ministries within the Church. She has made it her passion to empower, renew, and change women lives. To empower women, Lady Oliver has offered practical seminars focusing on self-defense, fitness, and health & wellness. She has a great passion to serve women, but her most important ministry is her family, which includes her husband Dr. Craig Oliver and their three children.
June 23, 2017 – Nzinga Shaw
Nzinga Shaw is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena. She is the first person to hold this position in the National Basketball Association. She is responsible for developing and embedding diversity and inclusion best practices throughout the organization. Shaw is also on the Board of Directors of the National Black Public Relations Society and the Georgia Diversity Council. She is an alumna of Spelman College, the University of Pennsylvania, and was a study abroad scholar at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
May 31, 2017 – Elizabeth Whitmore
Whitmore has served as a voice for Atlanta’s Westside since she began attending Clark Atlanta University in 2008, first as Morehouse College’s Lifeguard and then as a marketing executive for the Atlanta Ballet. Following her graduation, she began to shed light on the plight of the Westside by utilizing local news stations to raise awareness to the area. She continues to devote her time and energies to bettering this Atlanta community.
May 27, 2017 – Sarah-Elizabeth Reed
The First Lady of Atlanta, Reed is a community leader and role model for women. She serves on several boards, including the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, and the Motherless Daughters Foundation. Most recently, Reed was named to the Georgia Board of Regents by Governor Nathan Deal and recognized among the 2016 Women of Achievement by Greater Atlanta YWCA.
May 21, 2017 – Lindsay Caufield
Caulfield is the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Marketing with Grady Health System. Named a Corporate Marketer of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association, Lindsay has made it her goal to humanize Grady since her hiring in 2012. Her work showcasing the staff of Grady while leading the “I Wouldn’t Be Here Without Grady” patient stories have highlighted just how important Grady is to Atlanta and the Southeast.