Thursday, February 11, 2010


February 19 Breakfast to Feature Presentation from Sitherwood on "Hard Hats and High Heels: Women in Leadership"

Duluth, GA- Gwinnett Chamber members and guests will have the opportunity to take a peek in to Atlanta Gas Light President Suzanne Sitherwood's closet full of suits, heels, purses, hard hats and uniforms as she presents "Hard Hats and High Heels: Women in Leadership" at the February 19 GLOW: Gwinnett's Leadership Organization for Women meeting Presented by Gwinnett Medical Center. The event will be held at 7:45 a.m. at Sugarloaf Country Club

If onewere to take a look in Sitherwood's closet, her wardrobe would show that women can do it all! While you'll find the expected power suits, stilettos and purses in Sitherwood's closet, you will also find a few items that might surprise you, including a hard hat and a uniform. These would be from her early days at Atlanta Gas Light Company. In 1980, when Suzanne joined Atlanta Gas Light, her first job was working out of one of the gas trucks doing maintenance. Working in a man's world is nothing new for Sitherwood, especially considering her childhood where she grew up on military bases in a world full of aircraft carriers and tanks. Now as one of the state's most dynamic executives, she is not only leading the company where she has worked for 30 years, but she is also the first woman to chair the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in its 100-year history.

Sitherwood is diligently leading the way during a time where women make up almost half of the labor force and still represent fewer than 16 percent of directorships andthreethree percent of chief executive officers in Fortune 500 companies. Fortunately, Sitherwood and many of the women leading the way through these rarely chartered waters are more than willing to open their closet doors and share what they've learned from their voyage with all of us.

"This seminar is a great chance to hear and learn from a woman who is leading the way in a male-dominated industry," commented Nicole Wright, program manager, Gwinnett Chamber. "Backed by her tremendous experience, Sitherwood will discuss how to reach new heights and attain leadership positions."

Those interested in the February 19 meeting are encouraged to visit GLOW's blog and write about some of the items that may be found in their closet that has led them to their current success. "Every woman has a story of how they have achieved success," said Wright. "Whether you got your start from humble beginnings or achieved overnight success, we would like to hear your story."

The cost to attend the breakfast is $35 for Chamber members and $45 for non-Chamber members. All no-shows will be billed. Walk-ins are not guaranteed a seat. To RSVP, please contact Nicole Wright at 770-232-8816; e-mail; or visit


Named one of the top three large chambers in the United States by ACCE, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's membership varies from FORTUNE 1,000 companies to innovative startups, and stretches across the Atlanta region, from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to UGA in Athens. Representing more than 7,200 members, the Gwinnett Chamber is the Southeast's 6th largest chamber and focuses on creating and growing quality job opportunities while enhancing the community's quality of life.

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