It's a celebration to pay homage to not only the talents and skills of Wilson County women, but also to salute their courage, intellect, support and collective sisterhood.
The Wilson Post announces their third annual WOW (Woman of Wilson) Luncheon. A gathering of Wilson County women featured weekly in editor Sabrina Garrett's popular column "Woman of Wilson" is set for Aug. 30, and once again will take place at Chop House on the Green at the Lebanon Golf and Country Club. These fabulous ladies were introduced to the community in columns from August 2016 until July 19, 2017.
For the past few years Garrett has interviewed Wilson's top women whom she has handpicked, or those special women who have been nominated by others who want their exceptional person to be highlighted.
Garrett created her column when she returned to work from maternity leave in the spring of 2014.
"For the first time in my life it dawned on me just how much we as women do," she said. "I wanted to do something each week that would spotlight hardworking women."
These ladies run the gamut in talent and personality with their own unique flare. Some are CEO's of a major corporations, or CEO's of their household.
Garrett said her employers, Dave and Ellen Gould, took to the idea of a column immediately.
"They recognized the need for a column like this in The Wilson Post, noted Garrett. "They were very supportive."
The column began May of 2014 and the first Woman of Wilson in the new column was Maggie Lea, owner of HomeInstead Senior Care.
The inaugural WOW Luncheon was exactly one year later with keynote speaker country singer Lorrie Morgan.
The 2nd annual WOW Luncheon was August of 2016. Diane Turnham, women's athletic director at Middle Tennessee State University, was the keynote speaker.
A highlight of the luncheon dedicated to make that year's Women of Wilson feel pampered and the center of attention - with their fellow honorees - is when all those present select one Woman of Wilson as the event's Woman of the Year. All those at the luncheon are given the opportunity to select (nominate) who they would like to be the Woman of the Year. The first year Pat Bryant was selected by her colleagues and last year there was a tie with Director of Wilson County Schools Dr. Donna Wright and CASA director Cathey Sweeney selected.
This year the keynote speaker is Kalee Kreider. She's a climate change adviser to the U.N. Foundation, and former adviser to a Al Gore. She also happens to be wife of former Wilson County property assessor Jack Pratt.
"She has always been a lady who I admire," said Garrett. "I've asked her to be in the column many times - and she's so humble and down-to-earth. She's not yet said yes! However, she did accept our invitation to serve as this year's keynote speaker and we could not be more thrilled."
An exciting addition this year is Looker's Salon and Spa in Lebanon will sponsor a gift for the selected Woman of the Year. This special lady will be pampered like no other. It will be a day of beauty valued over $100 with a gel manicure, pedicure, shampoo and style.
"Looker's owner Angie Gardner was featured as a Woman of Wilson before and has graciously donated this to us," said Garrett.
Beauty Boutique has sponsored the speaker gift. Owner Necole Bell has also been featured as a Woman of Wilson.
"We are very thankful for Necole and Beauty Boutique for sponsoring this."
To date, over 150 women have been featured as a WOW in The Wilson Post.
The column is now sponsored by Tri Star Summit Medical Center.
A similar column, Remarkle Rutherford Woman, has also started at one of Main Street Media's other publications, The Murfreesboro Post.
A round of applause for this year's WOWs
Gabrielle Marissa Hunter
Connie Cooksey Minick
Heather Bridges Stafford
Mary Ann Angle
Lillian Brooke McKee
Dr. Cristy Stumb
Paula Davis Hitch
Dr. Tonia Porter
Mary Ann Sparks
Elaine Fitch Nawiesniak
Connie Hulse Ford
Pastor Kathy Tack
Lauren Houser Smith