Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Amy Whitten

President

The Whitten Group, P.A.
Principal

Beverly Hogan

President-Elect

Tougaloo College
President

Rhea Williams-Bishop

Secretary

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programming

Nora Miller

Treasurer

Mississippi University for Women
President

Rita Wray

Immediate Past President

Wray Enterprises, Inc.  |  CEO

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

Carol Todd Puckett

Membership/Nominating Committee Chair

Viking Hospitality Group  |  President (Ret.)

Geraldine Chaney, M.D.

Membership/Nominating Committee Co-Chair

Capital City Children’s and Adolescent Clinic, PLLC
Owner

Joey Garner

Communication Committee Chair

TEC
President & CEO

Debra Billups

Presidents’ Circle Co-Chair

121 Millsaps Corporation
Founder and President

Myrtis Tabb

Presidents’ Circle Co-Chair

Delta State University
Associate V.P.  for Finance and Administration

PRESIDENTS’ CIRCLE

Carol Puckett

Carol Puckett

1997-1998

  • Co- Founder of the Mississippi Women’s Forum (with Donna Kennedy Barksdale and Julie Hines Mabus)
  • Led process to incorporate Mississippi Women’s Forum and become an official member of the International Women’s Forum (with Jamie Planck Martin).
  • Served as President from 1991-1998
Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin

1999-2000

  • Lobbied IWF in Boston for Mississippi Forum membership
  • Prepared all inaugural governance organizational documents
  • Served as second Forum president
Liza Looser

Liza Looser

2001-2003

Inactive

Sylvia Stewart

Sylvia Stewart

2004-2006

Deceased

Frances Lucas

Frances Lucas

2007-2008

  • Introduced a relaxed environment to Gatherings to facilitate camaraderie and networking
  • Lead endeavors to increase member attendance at event
  • Nurtured a synergic soulful feel to Gatherings
Courtney Blossman

Courtney Blossman

2009-2010

  • Hosted meetings on Gulf Coast of Mississippi to explore conservation and history of the Gulf; speakers included scientists from the area and an educational excursion to the barrier islands.
  • Visited the Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood for fun, cooking classes, and spa relaxation
  • Back to Gulf Coast of Mississippi to see the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
Carol Burger

Carol Burger

2011-2013

Inactive

Debra Billups

Debra Billups

2014-2015

  • Facilitated the name change from Mississippi Women’s Forum (MWF) to International Women’s Forum Mississippi (IWF MS)
  • Initiated the development of an IWF MS web site
  • Led the Bylaw change to revise Board of Directors and Committee Chairpersons  term of office from one year to two years
Myrtis Tabb

Myrtis Tabb

2016-2017

  • Conceptualized and executed officers and executive leadership team’s strategic planning session in January with the goal of providing members with an annual calendar of programs and meeting dates
  • Conceptualized and executed members fall weekend retreat to encourage fellowship and team building. 
  • Implemented strategies to increase membership and attendance at meetings while operating under budgetary guidelines
Ann Shackelford

Ann Shackelford

2018-2019

  • Continued the practice in setting firm dates for the year and providing creative and engaging programs
  • Attended and networked during four consecutive World Leadership Conferences, including 2018 in Miami when our own Beverly Wadem Hogan was honored as one of five Women Who Make a Difference. 
  • Coordinated a joint meeting with the Arkansas Women’s Forum
Rita Wray

Rita Wray

2020-2021

  • Implemented a transition from in-person quarterly meetings to a virtual platform during Covid-19 to maintain the viability of the Forum. 
  • Conceptualized and incorporated into quarterly meetings the agenda item “We Say Your Name” to pay tribute to members /family members who have passed.
  • Executed a refresh of the IWFMS website.
Myrtis Tabb

Myrtis Tabb

2016-2017

  • Conceptualized and executed officers and executive leadership team’s strategic planning session in January with the goal of providing members with an annual calendar of programs and meeting dates
  • Conceptualized and executed members fall weekend retreat to encourage fellowship and team building. 
  • Implemented strategies to increase membership and attendance at meetings while operating under budgetary guidelines
Ann Shackelford

Ann Shackelford

2018-2019

  • Continued the practice in setting firm dates for the year and providing creative and engaging programs 
  • Attended and networked during four consecutive World Leadership Conferences, including 2018 in Miami when our own Beverly Wadem Hogan was honored as one of five Women Who Make a Difference.  
  • Coordinated a joint meeting with the Arkansas Women’s Forum 
Rita Wray

Rita Wray

2020-2021

  • Implemented a transition from in-person quarterly meetings to a virtual platform during Covid-19 to maintain the viability of the Forum.
  • Conceptualized and incorporated into quarterly meetings the agenda item “We Say Your Name” to pay tribute to members /family members who have passed.
  • Executed a refresh of the IWFMS website.

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