Lighting the Way!

Join us as we celebrate the Holiday season and 18 years of NAWBO Memphis “Lighting the Way”!

This special event is our opportunity to celebrate all the work we’ve done throughout the year and the past 18 years to propel women in business in our community.

Our evening is generously sponsored by MLGW – who also “Lights the Way” for women and minority businesses in the Mid-South. You will have the opportunity to hear from Jozelle Booker, Supplier Diversity Program Administrator, Procurement and Contracts Manager, on how MLGW has committed to championing women and minority owned business in our community.

Our featured guest is Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer, who has been a champion for residents of Shelby County since 2010.

Heidi ShaferAbout Heidi Shafer:

Commissioner Heidi Shafer was elected to the County Commission in August of 2010 and re-elected in August of 2014 to represent District 5 one of 13-new single member districts which includes East Memphis, Shelby Farms and White Station. Heidi grew up working on the family farm in Nebraska, and graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, with a BS in Education. Following college, Commissioner Shafer moved to Memphis to teach at Christ the King Lutheran School.

After getting married and the birth of her daughter, Heidi has served on many boards and committees at school, church and in the community, including Regional One (The Med) as board member; board member of Broadcasting for the Challenged; Board Member for Christian World View; Agricenter; LeBonheur Club; Christ the King Lutheran school board member; Marketing and Long Range Planning committees for Christ the King Lutheran; and Outreach and Board of Education at Trinity Lutheran Church. Heidi currently serves as Confirmation Instructor at Trinity Lutheran Church. Commissioner Shafer is a member of the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus.

Commissioner Shafer has worked for two Fortune 500 companies, and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for the Flinn Clinic (over 10 years), handling government affairs, compliance, and public relations. She is responsible for the growth of the bottom line for all seven offices and other business interests and joint ventures, including writing and production work for cable television.

As Budget and Finance Chair, Heidi Shafer started the Joint Purchase Committee, which creates a voluntary platform for our various local governments to purchase like items together to get volume pricing. Heidi’s goals as a County Commissioner are to fight for efficient and effective government, and for a reduced tax burden on families and businesses in Shelby County. Heidi Shafer is spearheading the Poplar Corridor Rejuvenation Project to maximize one of our county’s biggest assets and position it for even greater revenues by targeted infrastructure improvements.

Commissioner Shafer has worked hand-in- hand with neighborhood associations and businesses toward solid business opportunity and safe, residential neighborhoods. Commissioner Shafer served two successful terms as Chairman-Hospitals and Health, 2012-2013 and 2011-2012, was Vice Chairman of the Core City, Neighborhoods and Housing Committee for the 2011-2012 term, Vice Chairman of Community Services for 2012-2013, and currently serves on the following Commission Standing Committees:

• Audit – Chairman
• Hospitals & Health – Vice Chairman
• Budget & Finance

• Land Use, Planning, Transportation, & Code Enforcement

• Delinquent Tax Property

Heidi and her husband live in Memphis with their daughter.

jozelle-booker_photoAbout Jozelle Booker:

Jozelle Booker can be described as a strategic thinker, goal setter, an activator ready to begin work, researcher/data collector, and story‐telling style communicator. She began at MLGW 30 years ago as a clerk typist with Manpower Temporary Services. She was soon hired full time as a clerk typist and over the years held positions in several departments including Energy Services, Human Resources, Community Relations, Government Relations, and Economic Development. In 1998, she was selected as the first Supplier Diversity Officer for the Division where she became the author and architect of the award winning MLGW Supplier Diversity Program. Today, she serves as the manager of Procurement and Contracts responsible for purchasing, contracting and supplier diversity. Under her direction, MLGW spends approximately $150 million annually on the procurement of goods and services with the exception of purchased power. Ms. Booker earned a Bachelor Science Degree in Marketing from Jackson State University and an Executive MBA from the University of Memphis. She is active in a number of service organizations committed to improving the human condition. She is married to Wayne P. Booker and they have three daughters and four granddaughters.

Dec 13, 20164:30pm – 6:30pm
Crescent Club • Founders Room
6075 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119

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