The 18th Annual Women in the Arts and Business Luncheon is coming to you — virtually — from your own homes!
Join us for an afternoon of celebratory connection, a live-streamed panel discussion with business and arts leaders, and a gourmet lunch (with a personal bottle of Prosecco!) — delivered right to your door!
This year’s theme is Women on the Rise: Resilience and Re-Emergence.
Panelists will discuss the relevant issues in Atlanta’s business and arts communities, and celebrate the pioneering women who make up its textured and diverse landscape. Topics also include: cultural value shifts, work/life balance, how the arts and business ecology are evolving, and the place for arts in our community’s future.
This year’s event will honor Angela Harris (Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Dance Canvas), and others, for their contribution to the arts and economic development in Atlanta.
Panelists include: Danielle Deadwyler (Actor, Poet, Filmmaker), Jai Rogers (Vice President, Business and Community Development, Delta Community Credit Union), Lara Smith (Managing Director, Dad’s Garage), and Joy Wilder Lybeer (U.S.I.S Chief Revenue Officer SVP– Global Partnerships Equifax). The panel will be moderated by Synchronicity Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Rachel May.
Order Lunch! To order a lunch delivered to your home, please select a lunch option on the "Items" page during event registration. All lunch options are $35 each and include a personal Prosecco. Please ensure that the address entered during the registration process is the address you would like your lunch delivered to. For any special dietary concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The networking component, one of the key opportunities for in-depth cross-industry connection, will be in the form of breakout sessions following the event.
Bid on a variety of new experiences, swag packages, and more.
Double the community impact when you bid on any of our Artist–Led or Black-Owned Business packages. 50% of all proceeds will go back to those who donated!
Celebrate, as a company, the “Resilient Women on the Rise” in your community! This year, sponsorship packages offer an exclusive “Hall of Fame” for the women your company would like to honor, and a VIP pre-event cocktail lounge for your celebration!
As always, we are happy to discuss custom sponsorship packages to meet your organization’s needs. For more information about a customized package, contact Development Director, Dalyla McGee Dalyla@synchrotheatre.com
Artistic Director, Dance Canvas
Through Dance Canvas, Angela has been a catalyst, consultant, and resource for numerous new dance organizations and artists, both locally in metro-Atlanta and nationally. Angela has developed programs for the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs and Department of Recreation, recording artist Usher's New Look Foundation, and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. Angela is a graduate of The Baltimore School for the Arts and studied at Dance Theater of Harlem, School of the Hartford Ballet, and The Eglevsky Ballet. She attended Mercyhurst College and City College of New York, earning a B.A. in Journalism, while on full ballet scholarship at Steps on Broadway in NYC. Angela danced professionally with The Georgia Ballet, Columbia City Ballet (SC) and Urban Ballet Theater (NYC). Her theatre credits include: Sophisticated Ladies and Degas’ Little Dancer (Marie u/s) at the Alliance Theatre; A Chorus Line (Kristine), Chicago (Mona Lipschitz), Camelot and Annie Get Your Gun at the Aurora Theatre; Hunchback of Notre Dance at Theatrical Outfit/Aurora Theatre. Angela was one of five Inaugural National Visiting Fellows at the School of American Ballet. Angela received the 2011 National Emerging Leader Award from Americans for the Arts and American Express and the 2012 Emerging Artist Award from the City of Atlanta. Angela served on the national Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and was a member of the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA). In addition to her work through Dance Canvas, Angela is on faculty at Emory University and is a ballet instructor at Dekalb School for the Arts and Academy of Ballet.
Danielle Deadwyler | Actress, Writer
Danielle Deadwyler is a multidisciplinary performance artist, actor, poet, and filmmaker. An Atlanta native, Deadwyler is rooted in theatre, dance, and creative writing. As a graduate student under Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley, she focused her analysis on issues facing women and African Americans while attaining a Master’s of Arts in American Studies from Columbia University. She is the Creative Loafing Atlanta Critics’ Pick for Best Actress (2013) and Readers’ Pick for Best Performance Artist (2017). In 2015, she was the winning recipient of the Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a play. As a performance artist, Deadwyler’s race and gender-centric works have been included in MAMBU BADU collective's exhibition If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can't We Go Somewhere There? (D.C.), Mint Gallery (ATL), Whitespace Gallery (ATL), The Luminary (STL), and Atlanta Film Festival, among others.
Lara Smith Managing Director | Dad's Garage
Lara Smith was born in St. Louis, Missouri and was in her first show when she was seven. In May 2007, Lara moved to Atlanta for the role of Development Director of Dad’s Garage. Lara became the Managing Director of Actor’s Express in August 2010. While there, she helped lead the organization through a financial crisis, and ultimately retired 26% of the debt in two years.
From there, Lara returned to Dad’s Garage in August 2012 to become Managing Director. She helped lead the organization through losing their home of 18 years, including securing temporary space and purchasing a long-term home through a non-traditional capital campaign. The new home, located in the Old Fourth Ward, opened to the general public in 2015. Lara is a graduate of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2014 and received a scholarship from the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta to attend an executive education course, Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management, at the Harvard Business School in 2014.
Lara was named one of the “40 under 40” in the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2015, and was part of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute class of 2017. She was the president of the board of the Old Fourth Ward Business Association from 2018-2019. She was honored to serve on the Mayor's Advisory Council for Reopening the City during the COVID-19 pandemic.
VP, Business and Community Development | Delta Community Credit Union
Jai Rogers joined Delta Community Credit Union in 2012 as Vice President of Business and Community Development. She currently leads a team responsible for identifying and developing business strategies with leading corporations throughout metro Atlanta and multiple out-of-state branch locations. Jai manages the execution of a comprehensive community engagement strategy that aligns with the Credit Union mission to strengthen civic, high school and corporate collaborations.
Prior to joining Delta Community, Jai launched and directed the Corporate Development department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the Corporate Development Officer. She and her staff cultivated corporate donors within Atlanta's large and mid-sized companies to tailor their philanthropic giving around the support of children, wellness and research.
Jai holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from California State University at Long Beach. She is past president of the Greater Atlanta Credit Union Chapter of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates and past president of the Board of Trustees for the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta. She has served on the boards of the Georgia Council for International Visitors, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF – Atlanta, and the Midtown Neighbors Association.
Joy Wilder Lybeer
Senior Vice President – Global Partnerships | Equifax U.S. Information Solutions Chief Revenue Officer
Joy Wilder Lybeer is United States Information Services (USIS) Chief Revenue Officer and SVP of Global Partnerships. Joy focuses on accelerating all non-mortgage revenue for the USIS business. She holds revenue and customer responsibility across the USIS Automotive, Financial Services, Communications and Energy, Insurance, Big Tech and Public sectors. She has responsibility for the Equifax Global Alliances and Channel Partnerships Group, Inside Enterprise Sales and new business development.
Prior to her current role, Joy has served as the leader of Enterprise Alliances, Equifax Financial Services Group and has also held enterprise responsibility for the company’s Auto vertical and Retail Banking practice, where revenues more than doubled during her tenure. Before joining Equifax in 2009, Joy served as EVP and head of Retail Branch Banking for SunTrust Bank (now Truist Financial Corp.), and served on the Company’s Executive Management Committee as Chief Strategy Officer.
Wilder Lybeer earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English from Wofford College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude as the class valedictorian.