Cobb Chamber of Commerce

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Woman of Distinction Award

The Woman of Distinction award will be given annually by Cobb Executive Women at the Cobb Chamber’s First Monday Breakfast in June to recognize a woman who has demonstrated exceptional leadership through her professional endeavors, community involvement and social responsibility thereby supporting and advancing their community and respective fields.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have not been a previous recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award.
  2. Have a minimum of 5 years history of promoting or supporting women in the workplace, not exclusive to Cobb.
  3. Must currently live or work in Cobb County.
  4. Must be members of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. 
  5. Must meet the membership qualifications for Cobb Executive Women (CEW). Membership in CEW is not required.
  6. Nominations must come from a CEW member, Chamber member, or community member (no self-nominations).
  7. Current Steering Committee members are not eligible for nomination.

Criteria for CEW Membership:

Membership is open to Cobb Chamber of Commerce members who are executives in or more of the following categories:

  1. Executive Management - Must manage a budget and/or team
  2. Professional Occupations - Licensed Professional such as an M.D., C.P.A., or J.D. as determined and verified by the Professional Board in Georgia for that particular field
  3. Business Owners - Must be registered with the secretary of state and have a valid business license
  4. Professional Occupation wherein employment responsibilities include significant company-wide impact in the areas of sales, marketing and/or substantial financial responsibility and are coupled with significant community contributions as reflected on prospective member’s application
  5. Elected or Appointed Officials

For more information, contact Rebecca Chadwick at 770-859-2368 or

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Winner

Holly Tuchman
Congratulations to Holly Tuchman, CEO and Executive Director of liveSAFE Resources, for winning the 2018 Woman of Distinction Award!

Holly Tuchman has served as the CEO and Executive Director of liveSAFE Resources since 2007. She has over 25 years of experience in both for the profit and not for profit arenas. She has led the efforts to streamline the programs and services of liveSAFE Resources in her 11-year tenure, allowing the organization to focus solely on serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as successfully undertaking a $7.2M capital campaign to renovate the organization's facilities and a complete renaming of the organization so it can better achieve its goals. Tuchman announced her retirement from liveSAFE Resources earlier this year.

As a Cobb County resident, Tuchman is actively involved in her local community, serving numerous civic organizations and community-based efforts in the following capacities: Chair for Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Board Co-Chair at Cobb Continuum of Care, past President of Marietta Kiwanis, Co-Chair of SPLOST 2005, past President of Leadership Cobb Alumni Association, past Chairwoman of Cobb Executive Women, Co-Chair of Cobb Youth Leadership, and past president of Marietta Civitan Club.

Tuchman was recognized as “One of 75 Outstanding Women of Cobb” from Junior League in 2008 and received the Chairman’s Award from the Cobb Chamber in 2005. Tuchman received the Mary Aven Award from Cobb County Republican Women in 2005 and received the President’s Award and Civitan of the Year Award from Marietta Civitan in 1992.

Tuchman’s passion for supporting non-profits and the causes she is most passionate about has been demonstrated through her service as: Executive Director for the March of Dimes, Chief Development Officer for Cobb Family Resources and her work at liveSAFE Resources. Service is a banner that Tuchman has carried throughout her professional career. “Holly exemplifies servant leadership and has demonstrated transformational change as a leader,” said Cobb Executive Women Chair, Kelly Wilson.


Past Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Kinney, Marietta Daily Journal  

Glass Ceiling Award

Ed Baker, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ron Francis, Charter Bank
Gen. Terry Whitnell, Dobbins Air Reserve Base
Don Robertson, The Walker School
Bill Byrne, Cobb County Commission
Eleanor Davis, Crawford & Company
Shelia Buckner, Cobb County Government
Tom Hill, WellStar Health System
Gwynn Ross, Galleria Specialty Mall
Sheila Blake, WellStar Health System
Larry E. Collier, SunTrust Bank
William P. Kane, Dobbins Air Reserve Base
Ron R. Koger, Southern Polytechnic State University
Brent Brown, Chesley Brown International
Dr. Harlon Crimm, Chattahoochee Technical College
Dr. Lisa Rossbacher, Southern Polytechnic State University
Joe Daniell, United Community Bank (ret.)
Fred Bentley, Jr., Bentley, Bentley & Bentley
Bonnie Cole, United Way of Metro Atlanta
Sam Olens, Sam Olens for Attorney General
Jeri Barr, Center for Family Resources
Lisa Crossman, Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Kathy Schwaig, Kennesaw State University


Woman of Distinction Award

Shan Cooper, Lockheed Martin
Judge Mary Staley, Cobb County Superior Court
Dr. Yolanda Graham, Devereux Georgia Treatment Network
Tracy Rathbone, Town Center Community Improvement District