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.

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2018 Inspiring Women

August 11, 2018 – Kathaleen Wildhaber

Captain Wildhaber was Delta’s first female facilitator and manager for Delta’s “In Command” program – a professional development course for new Captains. During her 28-year career at Delta she has been a senior instructor and evaluator and Delta Brand Ambassador. Captain Wildhaber will be inducted into Delta’s Chairman’s Club later this year. Before joining the Delta family, Captain Wildhaber started her flying career as a United States Air Force Officer. On top of all her professional accomplishments, Captain Wildhaber is a single mother to college-aged twin boys and received an Aerospace Engineering degree from Notre Dame and Masters in Systems Management from University of Southern California.

August 11, 2018 – Sarah Kate “Skate” Noftsinger

Sarah Kate “Skate” Noftsinger serves as Director of Marketing & Fan Engagement for the Atlanta United FC. Prior to joining Atlanta United, Noftsinger served as the Commissioner for the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) for six years where she grew the league to include 79 ECNL member clubs across the country and more than 10,000 players. It is the nation’s top soccer league for young women. She is the co-founder of Inspire Transformation, which identifies and supports aspiring local leaders internationally to establish locally sustainable team and community-based programs using sport and culturally relevant activities to generate positive social change. Her work has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, ESPN and more.

August 9, 2018 – Pat Upshaw-Monteith

Since 1992, Pat Upshaw-Monteith has gone from Co-Executive Director to Executive Director and was promoted to President and CEO of Leadership Atlanta in 2005. Ms. Upshaw-Monteith has actively participated in the present and future growth of Atlanta by imparting to new generations of leaders the legacy of values that have traditionally been central to Metropolitan Atlanta’s success. On the national level, Ms. Upshaw-Monteith served on the board for the Community Leadership Association, the umbrella organization for leadership programs around the country. Previous board appointments include City of Atlanta Ethics Board, The Ron Clark Academy, American Red Cross and St. Pius X Catholic High School.

August 7, 2018 – Iiham Askia

Co-founder of Gideon’s Promise, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality public defenders to be people who cannot afford attorneys. Askia is responsible for creating the entire infrastructure of the organization from board development to daily operations. Her successful recruiting efforts allow the organization to attract top law school graduates and new public defenders to Gideon’s Promise programming. Under her leadership, Gideon’s Promise served as the inspiration behind the award-winning HBO documentary, Gideon’s Army, which earned film awards from festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca. . Askia speaks nationally about justice reform and was recently published in Atlanta Magazine: Let’s Talk About Race.

August 3, 2018 – Dr. Preeti Subhedar

Dr. Preeti Subhedar was named the Associate Director of Grady’s Avon Breast Center in 2017. Her clinical interests are providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with breast disease. She is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Subhedar received her MD from Marshall University in 2009 and completed her general surgery residency at Emory in 2014 followed by a breast fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2015. Her research interests include studying ways to decrease treatment delays in breast cancer molecular treatment.

July 31, 2018 – Lowette Swington

Founder and director of 4 Her Sports, Lowette created 4 Her sports to empower girls with confidence, courage, and leadership skills. She believes that women are mandated to ensure that young girls have equal opportunities to participate and excel in sports which eventually open doors for success. Lowette attended Memphis State where she was the first African American to receive a volleyball scholarship. This April, 4HS partnered with your Atlanta Dream to expose girls to basketball and promote Jr. Dream program. Lowette has been coaching for over twenty years and is also a community volunteer.

July 22, 2018 – Manori De Silva

Silva, a qualified attorney in both the United States and England. Having studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands and attending law school in the U.K., Manori uses her understanding of cultural differences to help European companies conduct business in the United States and vice versa. Her passion is acting as a counselor and helping entrepreneurs, executives and businesses succeed in the U.S. Fans.

July 19, 2018 – Gretchen Corbin

A leader and role model, Gretchen serves on several boards, including the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, the University of Georgia Board of Visitors, and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Gretchen also served as the commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia and has been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” five consecutive years.

July 15, 2018 – Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s 2018 class of Inspire Atlanta

The Inspire Atlanta initiative focuses on personal development, leadership development and philanthropic development for a diverse group of professional women looking to ignite their passion for change in the lives of women and girls. Collectively, the 2018 participants have raised over $120,000 to date for the Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s grantmaking programs. AWF’s grants support local organizations that improve the lives of economically vulnerable women and girls.

July 13, 2018 – Monica Pearson

Monica Pearson is a former WSB-TV Action news anchor. With a distinguished career in journalism, Monica was the first African American and the first female to anchor a daily evening newscast. She held the same job position at the same station longer than any other television personality in Atlanta and longer than most women in the country. Pearson has been honored with the Women’s Sports Journalism Award, Women of Achievement Award, and has won over 33 Southern Regional and local Emmy Awards.

July 8, 2018 – Allison Fillmore

Allison Fillmore, the Executive Director of the TOUR Championship, the finale to the PGA TOUR. Allison has an extensive background in the sports and entertainment industry, previously serving as vice president of sales for Atlanta Motor Speedway, vice president of ticket sales and services for the Atlanta Dream and the ticket sales manager for the Atlanta Falcons. Driven by the desire to exceed goals and provide the best possible fan experience, she has personally hired and trained several staff members, sold out games, surpassed sales objectives and achieved excess growth within her departments over the years.

July 6, 2018 – Carol Seymour

A catalyst for growth and successful executive, Carol Seymour has a noteworthy track record of success in operations, sales, marketing, and strategy. She created The Signature Program to focus on accelerating more women into the senior-most rank of management. Carol is also the author to the book Wisdom Warriors, which details true stories by prosperous leaders.

June 22, 2018 – Emma Foulkes & Petrina Bloodworth

Emma is a Certified Financial Planner, Co-Founder of Greenwood Wealth management and was the former President of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Petrina is a notable audit consultant, a FAMU alumni, and current Vice President of The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Emma and Petrina were the FIRST same-sex couple in the US to marry following the Supreme Court ruling lifting the ban on same-sex marriage. They also are founding members of our Dream Elite Season ticket holders!

June 5, 2018 – Rose Scott

As host of the midday news program “Closer Look,” Rose Scott has helped Closer Look become a signature broadcast for the community with her thought-provoking style discussing many important topics. With more than two decades of reporting in Atlanta, she is the recipient of numerous awards including a Southeast Regional Emmy Award, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Award and multiple Georgia Association of Broadcaster awards. She has also received awards from the Georgia Associated Press and is a Girls Inc. Strong, Smart & Bold Award Winner.

June 3, 2018 – Gigi Pedraza

Social entrepreneur, Gigi Pedraza. As an experienced professional in areas of general management, strategy, operations, marketing and development in both the for-profit and non-profit world, Gigi has managed several businesses including a social venture dedicated to celebrate and empower Latinas in Georgia. She is also currently the founder and Executive Director of Georgia’s Latino Community Fund. As an activist within her community, Gigi has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2017 Caminar Latino Leadership Award,2016 Best Organization Award and a 2013 TUMI USA winner.

May 29, 2018 – Bernice King

Bernice King, the youngest daughter to the late civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King. As a speaker, orator, and a preacher, King has successfully coordinated seminars, workshops, and conferences including those for women and family as well as for college students regarding nonviolent conflict resolution. King also serves as a chair of the University Student Conference on Kingian Nonviolence and is a co-founder of Active Ministers Engaged in Nurturing. Fans,


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