Our very own Lisa Gordon, Chief Operating Officer of the Atlanta BeltLine, will be honored this week by Atlanta Tribune magazine as one of our city’s Superwomen! We see day-to-day that Lisa is very deserving of this award and that we’re lucky to have her working so hard to turn this project into a reality.
Lisa was nominated by peers and you can see why in the article here from the magazine:
Besides her Virgin Island cultural upbringing which imparted truths about a barrier-free life, Lisa Gordon’s ultimate lesson about self-governance and professionalism came when she was short-listed for a job she hadn’t even applied for – the high-ranking position as assistant to the county manager in Broward County, Fla. “At the time I thought I was at least two promotions beneath what would have been the third highest ranking position in the county. I hadn’t even met the county manager so I was shocked and curious to know how my name came up.” The hiring manager explained that he’d asked several people for recommendations for the position and Gordon’s name came up five or six times. “I talked to him for about 30 minutes and he asked if I could start the very next day. I was only 30 at the time, so I learned quickly that age and leadership aptitude don’t always equal.”
And that was only the beginning. Gordon is now the Chief Operating Officer for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. charged with overseeing the operations and implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine, one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects currently underway in the United States. Along the way, she served as a cabinet member for the Honorable Mayor Shirley Franklin and as deputy COO for the City of Atlanta. She also served as the first African-American female city manager of the City of East Point, Ga., from 2004 to 2007.
Read the rest of the Superstar article here with Lisa’s advice to her younger self, her favorite saying, and more!
The recognition ceremony will take place this Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Spelman College in the Cosby Academic Center Atrium. If you would like to attend, please contact Atlanta Tribune Events at email@example.com or 770.587.0501, ext. 206.