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Published on May 6th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


American Business Women’s Association Awards Banquet

Pictured Front Row L-R: Dana Pompey-Powell, LaRessa James, Shayna Boston, Carolyn Jefferson, Ella Smith Jenkins, Pearl Mitchell, Latorie Lloyd Walker, Cynthia Thomas, Renee Evans, Pamela Simmons Beasley, Anya Little-Knight, Donna Jackson, Toretha Wright. Back Row L-R: Tatiana Williams, Minuette Floyd, Melissa White, Viola Sanders, Valvita Deas. Not Shown: Ruth Black, Laureen Billingsley, Geri Evans, Melinda Huggins, Camillia Powell, Mammie Price, Estelle Young

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Midlands Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association held their annual Awards Banquet recently at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center. The keynote speaker for the event was community leader Sylinda P. Zanders and entertainment was provided by multi-talented jazz saxophonist Dante Lewis.

Midlands Chapter presented their annual Woman of the Year award to member Ella Smith Jenkins.  Ms. Jenkins has been a member of ABWA since 1983 and is the current Public Relations chairperson for Midlands Chapter.  She is employed as a Contract Analyst for Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company.

Joseph J. Jenkins was presented the Business Associate of the Year award.   Mr. Jenkins is employed as a Planning Manager for International Paper Company in Augusta, GA.  Both honorees were recognized for their dedicated support of Midlands Chapter.

In addition, the Lucretia M. Cayruth Scholarships were awarded to Swansea High School senior Hayden Krasselt, who plans to attend the University of South Carolina in the fall and to current Howard University junior, Brandi Montgomery.

Ms. Montgomery, a graduate of Lower Richland High School, Hopkins, SC has been awarded the Midlands Chapter ABWA Scholarship for three consecutive years.  This year she was also a recipient of the White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship which was presented to her in Washington DC.

About Midlands Chapter ABWA

ABWA is a prestigious national organization established for working women and business owners whose mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations to provide opportunities for them to grow personally and professionally through Leadership, Education, Networking, Support and National Recognition. Midlands Chapter of ABWA, chartered in 1961, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit chapter.  For more information please visit their website at







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