Published on June 14th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Wendy C. Brawley: My Sister’s Keeper Award Honoree
Wendy C. Brawley was presented the 2017 Chapter Recognition Award by The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia Chapter. Also pictured is husband Paul Brawley.
Wendy C. Brawley is the founder, publisher and CEO of IMARA Woman magazine, a lifestyle and personal-growth magazine for women. She is also the founder and president of Events Unlimited, Inc., a conference planning and event management company in Columbia. Brawley earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and earned a Master’s degree in Business Management from Webster University.
Brawley is a dedicated community advocate and has served on a variety of volunteer boards, which include the Columbia College Board of Visitors, Central Carolina Community Foundation Board of Trustees and the Palmetto Health Cancer Center Board. She was elected at-large to the Richland School District One Board of Commissioners in 2004, and was twice elected Chair of the Board in 2006 and 2007. Brawley also served a two-year stint as the Volunteer State President of AARP South Carolina in 2010-2012 and later was selected as the Southeast Regional Volunteer Director at AARP, where she coordinated the efforts of AARP volunteers in 8 states from 2012-2015. A charter member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia Chapter, Brawley currently chairs the Political Advocacy Committee and serves on the Fund Development Committee. As a community advocate, Brawley is a spokesperson for the Hopkins and Lower Richland Citizens United, a people’s advocacy group for residents who live in Lower Richland and she is a Democratic candidate for S.C. House District 70.
Brawley and her companies have received numerous awards and recognitions. She was named the Minority Small Business Person of the Year by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and received the Sam Walton Business Leader Award. Brawley is also the recipient of the National Council of Negro Women Living the Legacy Award; the American Cancer Society Public Policy Clarion Award; the SC Department of Health Distinguished Leadership Recognition for Eliminating Health Disparities; the Big Brothers Big Sisters Outstanding Community Service Award; the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award; the Allen University Richard Allen Award for Community Service; the Voorhees College Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Women in History Award for Business, and the Columbia Urban League Guild Tower Award.
Wendy is married to Paul Brawley, the Auditor of Richland County and the first African American elected to one of Richland county’s 7 countywide public offices. The Brawleys have two adult children, Paul Jr. and Kanita Rose Brawley and one granddaughter, Zaria. She and her husband reside in Hopkins, SC and she is an active member of St. Phillip A.M.E. Church in Eastover, SC.