Robinson College of Business
ATLANTA – WomenLead students are benefiting from the wisdom of members of C200 (formerly the Committee of 200) through a five-year arrangement bringing together this global organization of successful women business leaders and Georgia State’s undergraduate leadership program. C200, which includes several Atlanta executives among its membership, also is engaging with students at Agnes Scott College during the same period.
With over 500 members, C200 women collectively employ more than 2.5 million people, generate more than $1.4 trillion in annual revenues, represent more than 100 industries and occupy 68 Fortune 500 corporate board seats.
C200 members first met with WomenLead students in 2016, when the group came to campus to conduct a daylong Reachout event – a signature program of the organization bringing together its members with the next generation of women leaders. They returned during the 2018-2019 academic year to conduct a joint Reachout for WomenLead and Agnes Scott students organized around “Leading with Courage.” Tena Clark, a Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and author (Southern Discomfort: A Memoir), delivered the keynote address.
“Having seen the impact of C200’s 2016 WomenLead Reachout, it’s gratifying to know the two organizations will work together for five years,” said WomenLead supporter and C200 member Meredith Leapley, founder and CEO of Leapley Construction.
C200 also awarded $2,500 scholarships to six WomenLead students enrolled in WomenLead in Business, WomenLead in Policy and Politics, or WomenLead in Science during the fall 2018 semester.
C200 Scholarship Recipients
The recipients—Rahela Anghel, Jenna Aungst, Andrea Benitez, Shaliah Brown-Holleman, Savannah Chaffin, and Myah Vogt—span the university as students in the Robinson College of Business, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of the Arts. C200 members and WomenLead faculty chose the six based on the strength of their written applications and in-person interviews. Each student shared a compelling story of personal growth, ambition, and promise, as reflected below.
Already possessing an undergraduate degree in international relations and French from Agnes Scott College, Rahela Anghel arrived at Georgia State with a laser focus on gaining the technical skills she needs to change career fields as an aspiring computer information systems analyst. Anghel has demonstrated incredible personal growth and transformation throughout her educational journey, and looks for opportunities to replicate for others the mentorship she has received.
“My great passion is for the pursuit of collaboration that enables individuals of diverse backgrounds to grow together in understanding, mutual respect, and to contribute to one another’s success.” She adds, “I may not be able to solve world problems just yet, but I can affect positive change wherever I am by starting with small actions that have ripple effects,” Anghel said.
Biology major and pre-med student Jenna Aungst already presents an impressive passion for helping others as an aspiring forensic pathologist. A student in Dr. Roberta Attanasio’s section of WomenLead in Science during the fall ’18 semester, Jenna shared her keen interest in conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease with her classmates, as well as her interest in identifying and treating the opioid and suicide epidemics. As part of the course’s focus on civic engagement, Jenna developed plans for a charity event with an educational component focused on helping Alzheimer’s patients through the healing power of music.
“I’ve discovered that I truly enjoy reaching out and bridging a connection between the public and science,” she shares. “I am excited that, as a community, we can make a direct difference in the lives of people whose memories may have faded but whose hearts continue to remember.” Aungst added, “I have never been more confident in my path, appreciative of my skillset, and sure that I was put on this earth to truly make a difference.”
Andrea Benitez brings an effective combination of business and nonprofit cultural interest to the table. Andrea majors in speech communications and works as a student assistant supporting Georgia State’s marketing efforts. Her career aspiration is to work as an executive in the nonprofit sector to reach individuals and communities in need.
“As an immigrant from an underdeveloped country, coming to the U.S. provided me with an education and opportunities that are beyond imagination in my home country,” Benitez explained. “As a nonprofit executive, I hope to plant seeds of knowledge and leadership skills so that others can feel empowered to go after their dreams just as I was able to… I want to create a level playing field for everyone, so no one is left behind.”
Shaliah Brown-Holleman exudes an agile entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a keen self-awareness of her powerful influence on others in addition to an awareness of her own vulnerability. A risk-taker, Brown-Holleman is aware of who she wants to become and is determined to act from a place of productive intention.
An aspiring filmmaker, Brown-Holleman finds storytelling exciting. “I endeavor to tell the stories of others in a creative and innovative way.”
First-generation student Savannah Chaffin demonstrates a sustained passion for international finance and great aspirations for career growth, experiencing international communities, and growing her knowledge through an advanced degree. She also exudes tremendous grit and persistence, having overcome challenging life events.
“I was raised in the American version of poverty. My family never struggled for food or water, but we just always had far less than others,” Chaffin said. “Without the struggles I have faced, I wouldn’t stand as the strong woman I am today.”
Sophomore Myah Vogt possesses impressive professional experience through several in-depth internships. As a student in Dr. Sarah Gershon’s section of WomenLead in Policy and Politics, Vogt demonstrated a commitment to national and political diplomacy as well as national security, with aspirations of working at the United Nations or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“I believe that using my growing knowledge of linguistics, foreign language, interpersonal skills, and business, I will be able to achieve my long-term goal of representing the United States in a diplomatic setting,” Vogt said.
“The Committee of 200 takes great pride in nurturing future generations of business leaders,” said C200 member, Susan Nethero, managing director of Golden Seeds, and founder and former CEO of Intimacy. “We believe the Scholar Award recipients we selected can continue to change the face of business.”
Researched and written by Charleen Wilcox.