Please join us for the 41st annual Women of Vision fundraising event on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Virtual networking will begin at 11:30 AM and the program will run from 12 PM – 1 PM.
Virtual Event – https://live.remo.co/e/2021-virtual-women-of-vision-awa/register
Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsor:
All proceeds raised through this event support the local YWCA’s Change for Life programs that empower:
- Low income and at-risk students to be successful in school
- Women with Substance Use Disorder to build successful lives
- YWCA members to develop healthy lifestyles, with special emphasis on chronic disease prevention and management
If you are interested in hosting a table of up to 8 colleagues and friends, please contact Casie Hammons at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this no-cost opportunity. To RSVP email email@example.com and include your name and email address. The login link and additional information will follow.
Learn more about our 2021 Women of Vision Honorees
WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AWARD
With a quiet and unassuming presence, Reba Warren creates a ripple effect of empowerment for future women leaders in our community. Reba encourages individuals to be their very best and supports women as they strive to create career paths in male-dominated environments. At Reynolds American, she is a role model to many, and builds relationships based on genuine engagement, listening, and authentically sharing her values. As a civic-minded community member, Reba has served on several non-profit boards, is active in church, and currently lends her energies to the board of Second Harvest Food Bank to end food insecurity for Forsyth County. Reba is working so our citizens can live healthy, hunger-free lives. Reba’s mentorship and humble service quietly strengthen our community.
Reba is a Winston-Salem native, married, and has three sons. She is Managing Counsel at RAI Services Company and has been employed by the RAI group of companies for over 26 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Howard University School of Communications and her law degree from Duke University.
GAME CHANGER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
Suzanne Reynolds embodies active advocacy and has influenced the way family law is interpreted and practiced. She joined the law faculty at Wake Forest University School of Law in 1981 and has taught thousands of lawyers about family law, domestic violence, contracts, and professional responsibility. She was the first female Dean of the law school and served in that role until 2019. As an expert in the field, Prof. Reynolds authored a three-volume treatise on North Carolina family law that has become the authoritative source for the state’s lawyers, judges, and law students. Professor Reynolds’ work has helped modernize family law in North Carolina on adoption, spousal support, and the division of property at divorce. Committed to public service, she co-founded a domestic violence program at the law school that received national recognition by the American Bar Association.
Prof. Reynolds is dedicated to her civic responsibilities and has served in organizations dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence and the advancement of women in the legal profession, including the Advisory Board for the Task Force on Domestic Violence and the board of directors of the Children’s Law Center of North Carolina. She was recently principal drafter for the Uniform Law Commission, urging U.S. law enforcement and courts to recognize international, domestic violence protection orders. Suzanne Reynolds’s advocacy and legal leadership have influenced the lives of numerous children, families, and women many times over.
Prof Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree from Meredith College, a master’s degree in English and Journalism, from UNC-Chapel Hill, and her JD from Wake Forest University. Suzanne lives in Winston-Salem with her husband, Hoppy Elliott, and they have two adult children.
CHILDREN’S CHAMPION AWARD
As the principal at Cook Literacy Model School (CLMS), Dr. Paula B. Wilkins is creating a more diverse, just, and welcoming environment for her students. In spring 2016, Cook Elementary was the lowest performing elementary school in the state of North Carolina. She is providing students with a transformative classroom experience rooted in a commitment to social justice.
Over the past three years, she helped the school remain off the NC Low Performing Schools list and exceeded expected student growth three years in a row in reading, science, and math; additionally, she reduced overall school suspensions. Dr. Wilkins is excited and passionate about her current work and direct support of students at Cook Literacy Model School, where they embrace their motto: “You CAN…because we WILL.” Students hear this every day and all adults strive to support our CLMS students to achieve this.
Paula earned a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University, a master of arts in teaching from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in educational leadership and an education specialist degree from Appalachian State University, and a doctorate in education from Gardner-Webb University.
Dr. Wilkins is a native of Winston Salem and grew up in the Boston Thurmond community area. Paula has fond memories of attending Carver High School, where she was selected by Rotary to attend their Leadership Development program at Guilford College.
Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin
Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin has a strategic mind, humble demeanor, and “let’s roll up our sleeves” attitude.
She lends her leadership to numerous community programs and initiatives including Youth Opportunities, Inc., Family Services, Inc., Friends of the O’Kelly Library and has served as Executive Producer of several National Black Theatre Festivals. She has been recognized for her contributions to the Forsyth arts and theater communities, county libraries and as a local business woman. In 2000, Sylvia became the first African American female to be named Library Director in Forsyth County.
Ms. Sprinkle-Hamlin was the first recipient of the Annette Lewis Phinazee Award, given for significant contributions in promoting African American Literature for Children. She also received the Demco/American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Sylvia has a quiet, powerful leadership style that inspires others to tackle issues head-on.
A native of Forsyth of County, Ms. Sprinkle-Hamlin has a B.S. in Education from Winston-Salem State University and her MLS degree from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. As a life-long learner, she has continued her studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Maryland and Cheyney State University, Cheyney, Pennsylvania.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Claudette Weston has spent decades supporting women and children in need throughout Winston-Salem.
Her commitment to our community is unwavering, and she inspires others to get involved. In her own words, she’s said: “you can never give too much back to the community.” Claudette Weston is a dedicated volunteer and commits time to lead. She supports numerous causes that improve our community: advocating for youth and the poor, clean water and environmental causes, mental health, poverty and hunger, animals, and the arts. She has volunteered her leadership to The Advocacy for the Poor, the Council on Anxiety Disorders, The Special Children’s School of Winston-Salem, Youth Opportunities, and the YWCA. Claudette cares about everyone and she commits herself to make sure we all have a chance at success in life.
In recognition of her life-long service, Claudette received The Humanitarian Award, presented by the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials, The Winston-Salem Foundation Award, The Duke Energy Award, and The Big House Gaines Unsung Hero Award.
She is the President and CEO of Weston & Associates, Inc., a local meeting and event management firm. Under Claudette’s leadership, Weston & Associates has grown to be a national authority in corporate and professional meeting/event management. A native of Winston-Salem, Claudette is a graduate of Old Town High School and Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Claudette has four children and eight grandchildren. In her spare time, Claudette enjoys cultural events, sports outings, and hanging out with her grandkids.
There are still a few sponsorship opportunities left.
2021 WOV Sponsorship Packet.
Thank you to our 2021 Women of Vision Sponsors
Robbin and Don Flow
Winston-Salem State University
Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Mary Louise and John Burress
Sarah Crotts and Parker Poe
Forsyth Technical Community College
Goodwill Industries of NWNC, Inc.
Mayor Allen Joines & City Council Member John Larson (City of Winston-Salem)
Randy Loftis in memory of Lea Loftis
Borgia and Ben Walker
Crossnore School and Children’s Home
WOMEN OF VISION COMMITTEE
Shana Heilbron, Chair