Shana Woodard Graves & Annie Depper Champions Arkansas’s Female Public Health Leaders at Phenomenal Women Luncheon
March 25, 2022
Real Images is honored to announce Shana Woodard Graves and Annie Depper as event chairs for the 6th annual Phenomenal Women Luncheon. The luncheon’s theme, Grace Under Fire, celebrates honorees Dr. Marisha DiCarlo and Dr. Michelle R. Smith for their statewide leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. DiCarlo and Dr. Smith will both be presented with the Phenomenal Woman Award at the event.
“This year’s luncheon highlights the fortitude and perseverance exhibited by women working to lead Arkansas through the difficult challenges faced in the past few years of the pandemic”, says Woodard Graves. “We are thrilled to honor these women and to raise money to help Real Images cultivate the next generation of women leaders.”
The event’s presenting sponsor is Fuqua Campbell, P.A. As a partner at Fuqua Campbell and event co-chair, Depper is immensely excited to lend support to the luncheon and its theme. “These incredible women [DiCarlo and Smith] have given Arkansas their enormous strength and foresight as they’ve responded to the public healthcare challenges of COVID-19”, she says. “The luncheon will shine upon them the light that is rightly deserved.”
The annual event also announces the year’s recipient of the MIRROR Award. The award is presented to a young girl who demonstrates a true passion in the areas of the arts, business, or education. Two awards will be given this year; an opportunity made possible by sponsors, according to founder and executive director Michelle B. Barnes. “I am thrilled that we can present two awards this year”, says Barnes. “Our awards’ sponsors [First Security Bank and #BooCrew] are so generous in their investment of our young girls. We are more than appreciative for their support and partnership.”
The keynote address will be given by Dr. Dionne Jackson with a special musical performance from the local duo, A+B to open the event. The event emcee is Marine Glisovic.
Real Images was founded in 2014. The organization’s mission is to ensure that young girls and women are empowered and educated to become the healthiest versions of themselves through programs, scholarships, and service. Real Images provides networking events and self-care workshops for women, and curriculum-led self-image workshops for young girls.
The Phenomenal Women Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022 beginning at 11:30 am at Heifer Village Pavilion. Tickets may be purchased at www.realimages.org/luncheon.