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March 24th, 2023 
The Westin
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The UnBought and UnBossed Luncheon is celebrating its 19th year on Friday, March 24th at The Westin. 


UnBought and UnBossed is a tribute to the spirit and determination of the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to run for President of the United States. Chisholm declared herself to be a representative of all people and made a commitment to serve as a leader who would remain “unbought and unbossed.” This luncheon has been a Chattanooga favorite for many companies, professionals and community leaders, with hundreds of supporters in attendance celebrating and honoring seven female community leaders who exemplify the Girls Inc. values; strong, smart and bold. These seven women are mentors to seven high school Girls Inc. girls. 


UnBought and UnBossed mentor-honorees are selected by girls participating in the program SHE: She Can, She Will. Teens participating in this program will learn about women who have made an impact throughout history and in their communities. The girls will illustrate the link between past, present and future generations of female leadership by honoring their mentors with a short presentation in front of attendees, during this luncheon. Through this process, girls develop their interviewing, writing, research and presentation skills and form lifelong relationships with their mentors and peers.


Over 150 local women have been honored at the UnBought and UnBossed over the past 19 years. Honoring Chattanooga’s influential women at UnBought and UnBossed is our way of celebrating the powerful impact women have in our community.


This year, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga will honor:


Tequilla Hurt- Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Tennessee Valley Authority


Donna Christian-Lowe - COO & VP of Human Resources, MSi Workforce Solutions


Dr. Kia Ruffin- EdD, Community Forward Schools Coordinator, City of Chattanooga- Department of Early Learning


Lori Stenger- Director, Enterprise Forecasting & Financial Planning, Tennessee Valley Authority


Teal Thibaud- Principal, Little Things Lab & Director of Marketing, HK Architects


Dr. Angelnetta McGee Ulmer- Director of Human Resources, Chattanooga Preparatory School


Darin Wright- Owner, Elea Blake Cosmetics

Interested in sponsoring?

Girls Inc. changes girls’ lives and builds resilience through intentional wellness and academic programming in a pro-girl environment to support girls’ holistic development. Girls Inc. is expert at supporting girls in difficult times and addressing their trauma; educating girls on race, racism, and social justice; giving them the tools to understand and debate a charged situation and to use critical thinking skills to make decisions; and finally, take community action.

For more information, contact Taylor Hixson ( or 423.624.4757).

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Consider supporting Girls Inc. of Chattanooga and our programs designed just for girls. Every day, we equip girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated and independent.

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