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Women In Business, April 2023

Women In Business, April 2023

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

* Registration open until 4/14/23 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Event Details

Ever wonder what there is to do in Augusta outside of Tournament Week? What are some major happenings around town not associated with golf's biggest week of the year? Come hear from Margaret Woodard with the Downtown Development Authority, Bennish Brown of Destination Augusta and Cal Wray at the Augusta Economic Development Authority on what happens in Augusta the other 51 weeks of the year. From economic development and expansion to entertainment and experiences, Augusta is continuing to grow and has so much to offer. 

 Margaret Woodard, Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority

DDA Executive Director Margaret Woodard is a Nashville, TN, native whose career spans decades in both the public and private sector. With two degrees under her belt in Civil Engineering and Building Science, Margaret began her career in project management with Turner Construction, Aladdin Resources and Kercheval Engineers before returning to the southeast in 2002 to act as the Main Street Manager for the Heart of Brevard in Brevard, NC. She transplanted to the CSRA in 2005 and has served the community ever since in economic development and business recruitment roles for the Downtown Development Authority. As a public servant, Margaret is invested in giving back on the Board of Directors for the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Augusta Regional Collaboration (ARC), Greater Augusta Arts Council and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta.


 Bennish Brown, President/CEO, Destination Augusta

Bennish Brown has served as President/CEO of Destination Augusta since July of 2018. Among his most fulfilling accomplishments in his time at Destination Augusta are the completion and roll out of a destination rebranding project, completion of a new destination website, and the launch of a new award-winning destination marketing campaign that truly reflects this soulful, dynamic, diverse, and artistic southern city. He serves on Board of Directors for The Southeast Tourism Society (STS), a travel-and-tourism association with membership from 14 southern states and the District of Columbia; and he serves on the Board of Destinations International, the global association for destination organizations. Locally, he is on the Boards of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance for Fort Gordon, the Augusta Sports Council, and the Greater Augusta Arts Council. Prior to Augusta, Bennish served for six years as the President/CEO of the Tacoma, WA Convention & Visitors Bureau, and before that at the Rock Hill, SC Convention & Visitors Bureau for 12 years.


 Cal Wray, President, Augusta Economic Development Authority

Cal Wray is a proven leader in the economic development profession. Prior to becoming President of the Augusta Economic Development Authority, Cal served as Executive Director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation and Aspire Clarksville Foundation in Clarksville, Tennessee. He served as Vice President and then President of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority in Georgia from 2007 until 2014 and held economic development positions with the Cullman Economic Development Agency in Alabama. 



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Angie Cox
Angie Cox
Executive Vice President Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce (706)821-1311

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