Discover Atlanta: Women at the Helm of Landmarks, Attractions, Hotels, and Convention Venues

Atlanta has a rich and progressive history, with women playing a significant role since its earliest days. Many of these influential women are commemorated with landmarks throughout the city. This article introduces some of the women who currently lead some of Atlanta’s top attractions, hotels, and convention centers, showcasing the city’s entrepreneurial spirit and cultural dynamism.

Women Leading Atlanta’s Major Attractions

Paige Alexander – The Carter Center

The Carter Center in Atlanta is a testament to President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s commitment to global improvement. The Center, which addresses issues such as conflict resolution, human rights, and healthcare, is now led by Paige Alexander. With over two decades of experience in government and non-profits, Alexander’s leadership is guiding the Center’s transition from founder-led to founder-inspired.

Jennifer Barlament – The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Jennifer Barlament has been the executive director of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2016. With over 15 years of experience leading orchestras across the country, Barlament’s passion for music is evident. She has previously worked at the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony.

Kimberly Beaudin – Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Kimberly Beaudin has been named CEO of the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. With over two decades of experience in brand development, Beaudin’s appointment signifies a significant stride forward for women in college sports administration.

Meredith Evans – Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Dr. Meredith Evans leads the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum. With a Ph.D. in library science and extensive experience in archives and history, Dr. Evans’ expertise spans both historic preservation and community engagement.

Leslie Gordon – The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

Leslie Gordon is the Executive Director of The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. With a wealth of experience in cultural affairs, Leslie’s leadership promises a bright future for the museum.

Dr. Bernice A. King – Martin Luther King, Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change

Dr. Bernice A. King, a global thought leader, strategist, and peace advocate, is the CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change. She continues her parents’ legacy of nonviolent social change and inspires transformation and inclusivity.

Camille Love – The Mayor’s Office

Camille Love has been shaping Atlanta’s cultural scene since 1998 as the executive director of cultural affairs for the mayor’s office. Her creative leadership continues to elevate Atlanta’s cultural vibrancy.

Mary Pat Matheson – Atlanta Botanical Garden

Mary Pat Matheson is the president and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Under her guidance, the Garden has doubled in size and become more accessible to all.

Hala Moddelmog – Woodruff Arts Center

Hala Moddelmog, the first female president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, now leads the Woodruff Arts Center, home to esteemed cultural institutions like the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the High Museum of Art.

Jill Savitt – National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Jill Savitt is the president and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. An advocate with expertise in genocide prevention, Savitt’s leadership drives impactful change in the fight for human rights.

Beth Schiavo – Center for Puppetry Arts

Beth Schiavo is the executive director of the Center for Puppetry Arts. With a background in finance and leadership, Schiavo is ready to lead the Center with innovation and resilience.

Nathalie Stutzmann – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Nathalie Stutzmann, “Best Conductor of the Year” at the 2024 Oper Awards, is the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She is only the second woman to lead a major American orchestra.

Jennifer Grant Warner – Fernbank Museum

Jennifer Grant Warner is the president and CEO of Fernbank Museum in Atlanta. With over 22 years of dedication to the organization, she champions Fernbank’s mission to ignite a passion for science and nature through exploration and discovery.

Women Executives Behind Top Atlanta Hotels & Convention Venues

Teri Agosta – Signia by Hilton Atlanta

Teri Agosta has been named the general manager of the new 975-room hotel, Signia by Hilton Atlanta. The hotel offers state-of-the-art meeting space, a chic destination bar, an exquisite signature restaurant, and top-tier wellness amenities.

Erica Qualls-Battey – Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Erica Qualls-Battey is the general manager of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marriott International’s third-largest hotel. She ensures guest and associate satisfaction, manages finances, and cultivates vital business alliances.

Nancy Chacon – Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Nancy Chacon is the general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. With over three decades of dedication to Four Seasons, Chacon’s leadership ensures a level of service that is not just personalized but genuinely heartfelt.

Patricia Janssens – Wylie Hotel

Patricia Janssens is the General Manager of the Wylie Hotel, a historic boutique hotel in the Old Historic Fourth Ward neighborhood. With over 15 years of experience in upscale hotel operations, Patricia is an accomplished hospitality executive.

Sharon Kilmartin – InterContinental Hotels Group

Sharon Kilmartin is the area general manager for InterContinental Hotels Group in Atlanta. She oversees multiple full-service properties, including the prestigious InterContinental Hotel.

Grace Mendez – Hotel Clermont

Grace Mendez is the general manager of Hotel Clermont, a historic boutique hotel situated on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta. The hotel boasts 94 carefully appointed rooms with modern conveniences and splendid views.

Mercedes Miller – Georgia International Convention Center

Mercedes Miller is a hospitality veteran with over three decades of experience in Atlanta’s hospitality scene. As executive director, she has led the Georgia International Convention Center through significant growth.

Kristi Cotten-Morris – Hyatt Centric Buckhead

Kristi Cotten-Morris is the general manager of the Hyatt Centric Buckhead Atlanta. With over 26 years of invaluable experience, Kristi has navigated rebrands, renovations, and openings with finesse.

Ivy Mpofu – Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park

Ivy Mpofu is the General Manager of Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park. With a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, Ivy is dedicated to providing exceptional guest experiences.

Michele Swann – Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority

Michele Swann, with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, is the general manager and CEO of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority. She oversees a prestigious portfolio including the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, ArtsBridge Foundation, and Galleria Specialty Shops.

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Written by Sofia Espina, a bilingual Emmy Award-winning journalist who believes that everyone has a story to tell. She’s a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, working to create a more equitable world.


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