The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham will again honor some of Birmingham’s most innovative and accomplished women at

Smart Party 6.0 presented by EBSCO Industries, Inc.

on Thursday, October 12 at Iron City. The group of 10 Smart Honorees and one “Next Generation” honoree represent a variety of sectors including medicine, law, publishing, and nonprofit. This is the first year to include a “Next Generation” category for current students (high school or college).

“Our goal for Smart Party is to celebrate women who have accomplished amazing things with the opportunities they’ve been given while raising money to open doors for other women to succeed,” said Jeanne Jackson, President/CEO of The Women’s Fund.

The 2017 Smart Honorees are:

April Aaron-Brush

Birmingham Gay and Lesbian Parents Association, Co-Founder; Social Security Administration, Project Manager

Elizabeth “Beth” G. Beaube

Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Chief Administrative Officer & Shareholder

Katherine Simmons Berdy

The Altamont School, Director of The C. Keyser Miree Center for Ethical Leadership

Sarah Blair, CRNP

Children’s of Alabama, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Henna Budhwani

UAB School of Public Health, Assistant Professor (Dept. of Health Care Organization and


Barbara Lovelace Burton

Chalker Group, President/Founder

Bebe Goodrich

Royal Cup, Director of Liquid Innovation

Steele Thomas Marcoux

Coastal Living, Editor in Chief

Ty Moody

Einstein’s Playground, Executive Director

Barbara Royal

Founder and Consultant, Momentum

Katie Wiatrak (Next Generation Honoree)

Indian Springs School, Student and Founder of the Gender Equality Club

Smart Party is The Women’s Fund’s annual fundraiser. All proceeds from the event will fund programs that provide women with supports they need to move beyond poverty, including post-secondary education, job skills training, career counseling, quality childcare, transportation, and safe housing.

For tickets and info (including honoree bios), click here.


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