Celebrate with AWEE at the 2018 Faces of Success Gala!
This year we ask that you attend AWEE’s Faces of Success Gala and celebrate the success of AWEE clients! Our annual signature event honors women who overcame incredible obstacles to transform their lives. Because of you, these remarkable women had the opportunity to create a better tomorrow for themselves, their families in the community.
Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of four AWEE Faces of Success who have overcome significant barriers to create better tomorrows for themselves, their families and their communities at the 2018 Faces of Success Gala on Friday, Feb. 9 at the PERA Club, 1 E. Continental Drive in Tempe.
AWEE’s signature Faces of Success celebration, which is transitioning from a luncheon to an evening event, also will recognize the remarkable accomplishments of Barbara Barrett.
Ambassador Barrett, who was among AWEE’s visionary founders, is the Honorary Chair of the 2018 Faces of Success Gala where she will receive the inaugural Barbara Barrett AWEE Icon Award. The award will be presented annually in her honor to an individual who has shown the courage, strength and character to overcome significant challenges and push past obstacles that might have stopped others in their tracks.
Faces of Success Gala Committee:
- Event Chair: Christina Worden, SRP
- Honorary Chair: Ambassador Barbara Barrett
- Jaclyn Boyes, AWEE/A New Leaf
- Gaby Cardenas, The Colibri Collective
- Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc.
- Brad Harris, AWEE/A New Leaf
- Cindy Mallory, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
- Tyeisha Thaxton, Community Volunteer
Our Honorary Chair: Ambassador Barbara Barrett
Ambassador Barrett, no stranger to the challenges facing women, has built a career best characterized as Renaissance.
Today, she chairs the board of a billion-dollar space company, The Aerospace Corporation, serves on the boards of RAND and the Smithsonian and owns a guest ranch in Montana twice rated the best hotel in the world.
In the recent past, she represented the United States as Ambassador to Finland, was interim president of Thunderbird School of Global Management, CEO of the American Management Association, a fellow teaching Leadership at Harvard, a senior advisor to a U.S. mission to the United Nations and founding chairman of an Arizona community bank. She also served on governing boards of Raytheon, Sally Ride Science, Piper Aircraft, Hershey Trust and Mayo Clinic.
An instrument-rated pilot, she is trained and certified for flight to the International Space Station.
But her life wasn’t always so promising. Education and employment opened doors for her. She was 13 when her father died of a heart attack, leaving her city-born mother alone on a remote farm with six children. Barbara went to work to support the family, shoeing horses, guiding horseback rides and giving riding lessons while maintaining good grades in school. While attending Arizona State University, she worked multiple part-time jobs, still studying to earn her degrees.
During an undergraduate internship at the Arizona Legislature, she discovered her passion for helping people through transportation, drafting a bill that would launch the Arizona Department of Transportation.
She later was appointed by President Reagan to serve as vice chairman of the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board, where she regulated airline industry economics and negotiated aviation agreements with Great Britain, China, Poland, Ireland, Peru, the Philippines, Jamaica and other countries. Then President Reagan appointed her as the first woman deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), overseeing aircraft, airport, air traffic and aviator safety.
Drawing upon her personal experience, she knows the importance of education and employment to help women prepare to build success in their lives.
As a member of the AWEE board during its formative years, she helped draft the organization’s early articles of incorporation and bylaws. More recently she implemented AWEE-like concepts at Thunderbird School of Global Management to inspire a program called Project Artemis, designed to train and mentor Afghan women entrepreneurs. Project Artemis is now emulated around the world.