Women Vision SC

Cathy Hughes

Shortly after Cathy Hughes joined The Times and Democrat in Orangeburg in 1972, she got a call from the society editor who said, “Cathy, The Times and Democrat’s on fire.” Hughes and her husband rushed to the paper and along with staff members watched as smoke came out of the building. Undaunted, the staff published the paper the next morning. She learned early on the value of leadership and a committed staff. She has been with the newspaper for 48 years, becoming publisher in 1999, the first woman to lead the enterprise.

Dr. Shaniece Criss

Dr. Shaniece Criss “The world will tell you what success looks like, but truly success looks differently for different people.” The words of Dr. Shaniece Criss. She has defined her own success by fulfilling purpose in three main areas: government, media, and academia. And she has succeeded in all three. She was the first African American female to be elected to the Travelers Rest City Council in the Upstate. She is an assistant professor of Health Science at Furman University. And as a public health practitioner, Dr.

Deborah Blalock

“Follow your passion. Don't ever forget to take care of yourself.  That's critically important. I think as women, we don't always do that very well.” 

Keisha Hawes

Keisha Hawes was age 31 when she had a heart attack. She was a wife and mother, who was holding down several part-time jobs in the Charleston area to help to make ends meet.   She has taken the experience of her heart attack as a way to “serve another purpose.”  She said, “when I was stuck on the fact of suffering a heart attack, I actually suffered. I continued my suffering. When I took a moment and I stopped and I said, ‘no, let's look at this from the lens of you survived a heart attack. So now, what is the purpose in your survival?

As president, CEO and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Lou Kennedy runs a global company out of West Columbia, South Carolina. She and her husband helped establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Center Innovation Center in conjunction with the USC School of Pharmacy. She received South Carolina’s Order of the Palmetto in recognition of a lifetime of service.

Women Vision SC: Pastor Nannie Jefferies

Jul 9, 2019
Pastor Nannie Jefferies

Pastor, Maranatha Free Church of Jesus Christ

Founder, Exec. Director, Angels Change Ministry

Women Vision SC: JoAnn Turnquist

Jul 2, 2019
JoAnn Turnquist

President & CEO, Central Carolina Community Foundation; Former Chair,  Richland County Library

Women Vision SC: Minor Mickel Shaw

Jun 25, 2019
Minor Mickel Shaw

President, Micco, LLC; Chairman of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport Commission

Women Vision SC: Hope Blackley

Jun 18, 2019
Hope Blackey

District Director, Office of U.S. Representative William Timmons (SC-04)
Former Spartanburg County Clerk of Court

Women Vision SC: Heather Holmquist

Jun 11, 2019
Heather Holmquist

President, The Maritime Association of South Carolina

Women Vision SC: Elaine T. Freeman

Jun 4, 2019
Elaine Freeman

Founder, ETV Endowment; Executive Producer, South Carolinians in WW II

Women Vision SC: Karen Alexander

May 28, 2019
Karen Alexander

President and CEO, Auntie Karen Foundation; Producer, songwriter, author

Women Vision SC: Jennifer Gutierrez-Caldwell

May 21, 2019

Jennifer Gutierrez-Caldwell is the Director of Youth Services at Pendleton Place.

Women Vision SC: Inez Tenenbaum

May 14, 2019

Inez Tenenbaum practices law at Wyche, P.A. in Columbia and Greenville. She is the former Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the former Superintendent of Education for South Carolina.

Women Vision SC: Anita Singleton-Prather

May 7, 2019
Anita Singleton-Prather

Also known as Aunt Pearlie Sue, Singleton-Prather is an educator, storyteller, and historian of the Gullah culture.