Introducing the Inaugural Graduating Class of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative

Mayor Reed recognized the inaugural graduating class of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative on September 20.

WEI is the only city-funded initiative of its kind in the nation. Over the course of 15 months, WEI women entrepreneurs had the opportunity to grow their businesses through access to educational resources, funding assistance and mentorship.

The graduation, commemorated by Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Chief Executive Officer Grace Fricks and WEI Executive Director Theia Smith, celebrated the many accomplishments achieved by the 15 entrepreneurs during their participation in WEI’s inaugural year.

Photos Courtesy of the  City of Atlanta

Exec. Dir - Theia Smith at podium

Theia Smith, Executive Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative addresses the graduating class.

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Mayor Kasim Reed delivering remarks to the WEI audience.


From left Monica Hooks, m-oracle; Tiffany Ray, Generation InFocus; Tonya Hicks, Women Do Everything; Cassandra Qualls, Parketing; Cicely Gay, The Amplifiers; Kasim Reed, Mayor; Theia Smith, Founding Executive Director; Melanie Rhodes, Diversity Spend Solutions; Jeannell Darden, Moisture Love; Dawn Belisle, Delights by Dawn Samantha Hodgkins, SparkFire Active; Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO, Invest Atlanta*; Gerard Gibbons, President, Enterprise Sales for North America, UPS* *WEI Advisory Board Members

Mayor delivering remarks at the WEI Graduation

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