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Jewell Jackson McCabe Emerging Leaders Institute Graduates 49 Women & Girls in Its 5th Leadership Class

Atlanta, GA, December 13, 2013 --( The Jewell Jackson McCabe Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) welcomed 49 women and girls into membership on Saturday, December 7, 2013 during its fifth graduation ceremony. The theme was “Women Rising: Prepared, Inspired and Ready to Lead” and the keynote address delivered by Motivational Speaker, Author, and Attorney Benecia Ponder. The intimate ceremony was held at the Smyrna Community Center and well attended by the ELI leadership, and graduates’ family and friends.

The following 16 women completed the adult Leadership Division: Jewel Anderson, Lithonia, GA; Elaine Bryant, Stockbridge, GA; Shavontia Cochran, Sandy Springs, GA; Tamara A. Garrett, Houston, TX; Tanika Gray Valburn, Lithia Springs, GA; Chjanaya King, Midfield, AL; Raven Lee, Suwanee, GA; Beverly Lovejoy, Sandy Springs, GA; LaTay Mays, Riverdale, GA; Saniyyah J. McCullough, Smyrna, GA; Shayla J. Nealy, Union City, GA; Mona Shah Joshi, Marietta, GA; Stacie Stepney, College Park, GA; Rokeya Stone, Snellville, GA; Alexandria Washington, Tallahassee, FL; Shannon Wilson, Douglasville, GA.

The Young Leaders program was facilitated through a partnership with the Dorothy Height Leadership Academy at Benjamin E. Mays High School under the guidance of Ms. Sharon Gay. Thirty-three young ladies completed the ELI program due to this partnership.

Lead facilitators and co-founders Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell and Dashawn Mayweather expressed their pride and delight with the Class of 2013. “We were truly inspired and energized by this class,” stated Mitchell-Blackwell. “Their enthusiasm, coupled with their experience and tenacity, excite me as to the things to come. The Class of 2013 is really going to set the world on fire!” Mayweather agreed. “This class began ahead of the curve, and it allowed us to delve into areas that we previously did not have the time to explore. This class of leaders is our best yet, and we cannot wait to see the good they will do with the skills they acquired in this program.”

The Jewell Jackson McCabe Emerging Leaders Institute Inc. (ELI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit training and leadership development organization that educates, develops, mentors, and empowers women to be global leaders. Founded in 2007, the organization has had over 350 women and girls in the US and abroad participate in its programs. For more information, contact or 866-611-3753 or visit the website at
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