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Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District.

She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and is the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives. Stacey serves on the Appropriations, Ethics, Judiciary Non-Civil, Rules, and Ways & Means committees. 

Fiercely independent and entrepreneurial, Stacey has also founded a number of businesses including being the co-founder of NOW Corp., a financial services and revenue acceleration company and co-founder of The Family Room, Inc., a social app that connects kids with the adults in their lives.

First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, Stacey quickly became known for her expertise and ability to explain complicated tax and legal questions, and she earned a reputation for working across party lines to pass legislation.

In 2010, Stacey became House Minority Leader and has led the caucus to promote and pass legislation to increase educational opportunity, promote economic security, and improve the quality of life for all Georgians.

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Letty Ashworth

Letty Ashworth is Director, Global Community Affairs for Delta Air Lines.

She is a key leader in Delta’s global strategy to meet its civic obligation to the communities where employees live, work, and serve around the world. An experienced leader in diversity, inclusion and community affairs, Letty facilitates initiatives in support of Delta’s community affairs mission to improve global wellness, support education, promote arts and culture, salute armed service members and veterans, advance global diversity, and sustain the environment.

Prior to her current role, Letty served as Delta’s Director of Global Diversity. She worked closely with Delta’s business units to promote the hiring and retention of a first-class workforce that reflects the diverse demographics of a rapidly changing and interconnected world. These initiatives include the company’s commitment to hire and support veterans, and employees and their families living with disabilities. Working with other leaders, Letty has been instrumental in the growth of RISE, Delta’s company-wide mentoring program that includes chapters in Asia and Latin America.

Letty has led Delta’s efforts to combat human trafficking and has been instrumental in the company’s training of thousands of employees worldwide. She has given testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in support of Delta’s commitment to combatting human trafficking. As part of Delta’s Force for Global Good, Letty has worked on Habitat for Humanity builds in Leogane, Haiti (a special mission with the Carter Foundation), El Monte, Chile and Shanghai, China. She also works with numerous Civil Rights Organizations throughout the Delta hubs.

Letty is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Aparna Bhattacharyya

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

Aparna Bhattacharyya is a passionate advocate for immigrant survivors of family and sexual violence and ensuring they have access to safety, justice, and healing. As the Executive Director of Raksha, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, Aparna has worked to ensure that attorneys, law enforcement, and service providers are culturally competent to serve immigrant survivors. She is currently a Board Member for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project.

Aparna was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She has volunteered and worked as a Victim Advocate for 5 years for the city of Atlanta's Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP). Aparna has served as founding Task Force member and Board Secretary for the International Women's House and a founding member of Tapestri, the Immigrant and Refugee Coalition challenging gender-based oppression.

She has also served as a member of the Georgia Advisory Committee for the U.S Commission on Civil Rights, Board Vice President for Tapestri, Inc., an Advisory Board member for the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women and Advisory Board member for Georgia State's School of Social Work. Aparna is an alumni of Leadership Atlanta's Class of 2010, and a 2009 recipient of the Center for Pan Asian Community Service's Asian Women's Leadership Development Grant. She was recognized by the Indian American Cultural Association for Excellent and Continued Contribution to the Community in 2010.

She was a White House Champion in May 2013 and named by Georgia Asian Times as one of the Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia in July 2013. In April 2014, Aparna was recognized by the Georgia State University with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

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LeChanda Harper

LeChanda's motto is, "Own your life and never quit."

LeChanda Harper is the quintessential woman of excellence. Her passion has always been helping others and connecting with youth and women with various needs.
She recently celebrated 30 years of employment at Assurant, Inc., as the Director of Processing Hazard Operations.

LeChanda’s goal is to help young girls and women to understand that putting their mind to anything, never quitting, and being consistent can help them to be successful. Starting her career at Assurant right out of high school because her parents were not financially able to help pay for college, helps her to connect with other women. She did eventually go on to earn her Associates Degree in Business Management. 

She is presently enrolled in a mentorship program at her neighborhood YMCA where she will augment her current training by providing mentorship and counseling to young girls. Her current involvement includes providing pre -marital counseling to women. 

While maintaining her status as a loving wife and mother of six children, she still finds time to serve as a cheerleading/dance mom, basketball mom and an active member of her church.

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