Congratulations to our 2019 Women of Excellence Honorees

Eve - 2019 Trailblazing Woman of Excellence

EVE is an actress and Grammy-award musician with an impressive hit list ("Let Me Blow Ya Mind," "Gangsta Lovin'," "Who's That Girl," "Satisfaction," "Tambourine," etc.) along with four multi-million selling albums (Let There Be Eve... Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Scorpion, Eve-Olution, and Lip Lock). She has earned rave reviews from critics and set "a new standard in hip-hop," according to Entertainment Weekly. Eve can currently be seen daily as a co-hostess of the hit CBS Daily program, ‘The Talk,’ a 60 minute talk show that discusses the day’s latest headlines as well as interview segments with some of today’s biggest celebrities.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002 for the song "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," with singer Gwen Stefani. Eve was also number 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women of the Video Era" list.

Throughout her career she has collaborated with numerous other prominent artists including: Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Jill Scott, DMX, Swizz Beatz, Dr. Dre, Juicy J, The Roots, and Missy Elliott. Aside from her Grammy Award, she has been the recipient of countless other musical honors including a BET Award for Best Female HipHop Artist and an NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist when she originally exploded onto the scene in 2000.

As an actress Eve has appeared in multiple films such as xXx with Vin Diesel, both Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business with Ice Cube, The Cookout with Queen Latifah and Meagan Good, The Woodsman with Kevin Bacon, and Flashbacks of a Fool with Daniel Craig. On television she is best known for starring in her own self-titled UPN sitcom, Eve, as a fashion designer named Shelly. She also had a recurring role on Glee as the rival glee club coach, Grace Hitchens, and appeared on four episodes of the Oxygen series Sisterhood of Hip Hop as one of the distinguished music mentors to up and coming female rappers.

Eve has achieved success in the fashion industry as a fashion designer; in addition to numerous fashion industry awards was the recipient of the Breakthrough Style Award from Vogue. In 2016, she reprised her role of Terri in the film Barbershop 3 – The Next Cut and reunited with fellow fashion and music icon, Gwen Stefani for the "This Is What The Truth Feels Like" tour. Most recently, Eve participated in the 19th annual Gumball 3000 rally alongside her husband Maximillion Cooper, CEO of the Gumball 3000.

Renee Chenault Fattah, Iconic Philadelphia Anchor Woman & News Personality

Renee Chenault Fattah is one of Philadelphia’s best-known broadcast journalists, having served as the news anchor for WCAU-TV for 25 years. She began her career in law, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, working at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York City, and clerking for Judge Damon Keith on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Only then did Renee turn to journalism, earning a Masters of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Notable stories she covered in her broadcast career include the O.J. Simpson trial, several political conventions, and the massacre in Littleton, Colorado, her hometown. In 2009, Renee was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame.

An active member of the community, she speaks at local schools, church congregations and civic organizations about journalism, law and ethics, and the importance of education. Chenault Fattah currently serves as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, a former Trustee on the Philadelphia Museum of Art , and is a member of the advisory council to The Hastings Center, a bioethics research center. She is currently working on a documentary called In Search of Lost Time: Alzheimer’s and Dementia’s Impact on People of Color.

 

Amber Hikes, Executive Director, Office of LGBT Affairs, Mayors Office

Amber Hikes is the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, where she develops policy and serves as the principal advisor to Mayor Kenney on issues that affect the LGBTQ community. A graduate of the University of Delaware and University of Pennsylvania, Hikes joined the Office of LGBT Affairs after 8 years of college access work for low income students of color in West Philadelphia and Long Beach, California.

At the Mayor’s Office, Amber has set her sights on fighting and advocating for the most vulnerable populations within the LGBTQ community – specifically youth, elders, transgender people, and people of color. In her first year leading the office, Amber has advocated for anti-discrimination legislation at the municipal level, launched a citywide LGBTQ Community Conversations initiative and helped facilitate an international conversation about race and discrimination in the LGBTQ community with the addition of black and brown stripes to the rainbow flag. Amber has been recognized nationally by OUT Magazine as one of the 2018 OUT100 and by Business Equality Pride as one of the 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40. Locally, she was named one of Philly’s 20 Biggest Winners of 2018 by Philadelphia Magazine and named Philadelphia Gay News’ 2017 Person of the Year. Hikes believes in employing an intersectional lens in all aspects of community work and leans daily on the words of sister Audre Lorde: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”

Facetta Greene, Operations Manager of The Dell Music Center, Philadelphia

Facetta Greene is the Operations Manager for the City of Philadelphia’s Dell Music Center - a 6,000 seat amphitheatre located in East Fairmount Park. She started in the role in 2007 when the venue was undergoing a $6 million renovation. Facetta has worked for the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department for 24 years. She began her career as a clerical assistant at the department where one of her duties included counting tickets for the Dell Music Center box office. She worked her way up through the department to become the Operations Manager for the Dell Music Center. Through her early years of working at the Dell she gained valuable knowledge and experience which prepared her for her current role at the venue. She is also a graduate of the International Association of Venue Manager’s School.

Facetta Greene has played an integral part in rebuilding the public image of the Dell by helping to secure top quality performers, improving customer service, concessions and the overall customer experience. Since Facetta took over as the Operations Manager attendance at the Dell has grown from an average of 1,200 tickets sold per show to more than 5,000 per show, resulting in multiple sell out shows. One of her proudest accomplishments was the Dell Music Center receiving Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” award in 2017.

Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia

Keir Bradford-Grey began her tenure as Chief Defender in September 2015, following service as Chief Defender of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. At the Defender Association, Ms. Bradford-Grey focuses on serving the citizens of Philadelphia through innovative programs that empower communities and ensure that justice is fair and final. Ms. Bradford-Grey has spearheaded initiatives to help clients develop skills to successfully re-enter their communities after serving their time in the justice system.

She has established partnerships with others in the community – from judges to prosecutors to nonprofits – to advance client-centered representation, empower individuals to advocate for themselves at every stage of the system, and make communities stronger and safer. These efforts include bringing participatory defense – a dynamic community-driven criminal justice reform program – to both Montgomery County and Philadelphia. Ms. Bradford-Grey also devotes time and resources toward “pre-entry” so that people facing charges receive critical assistance and services to support fair and just outcomes over routinely incarcerating people before trial.

Ms. Bradford-Grey has achieved unprecedented success in the fight for parity for Defender Association staff. Through relentless efforts, she has proven that the work the Defender Association performs should be compensated at the same level of its justice system counterparts.

Prior to Ms. Bradford-Grey's appointment at the Defender Association, she served as Chief Defender for Montgomery County (PA), an assistant federal defender at the Delaware Federal Defenders Office, began her career as an attorney as an assistant public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Ms. Bradford-Grey has dedicated her career to public interest work.

Ms. Bradford-Grey serves on a number of boards and associations, including President of the American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD), a large subchapter of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA). The ACCD is a national community of public defense leaders dedicated to securing a fair justice system and ensuring high quality legal representation for people facing loss of life, freedom, or family.

A Boston native, Ms. Bradford-Grey earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice at Albany State University and received her law degree from Ohio Northern University School of Law.

Jenice Armstrong, Metro Columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer

Jenice Armstrong is a newspaper metro columnist journalist with more than 25 years of experience writing for such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, the Washington Post, The Associated Press (Washington bureau), and the Rochester Times-Union. An award-winning writer, she also has had extensive experience making local TV and radio appearances as well.

She’s the daughter of educators who migrated from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., where she grew up. Armstrong graduated from Howard University where she majored in print journalism, edited a school newspaper and dreamed of uncovering the next Watergate. After graduation, she headed west where she interned for such publications as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Albany Democrat-Herald and the Kansas City Star.

Armstrong arrived in Philadelphia in 1991 and covered banking before moving on to tackle the city’s burgeoning hospitality and gaming industries. Her biggest story at the time came after she discovered that city officials knew that the city’s much ballyhooed $500-plus million convention center was too small and the building hadn’t even opened yet. She later was tapped to head the paper’s business department and eventually gravitated to the city section where she worked as an assistant city editor before moving on to her first love - the features department. It was while writing a piece about Internet dating that she met the love of her life and married him – a life-changing experience she chronicled in the Daily News.

These days, her focus is on local and regional news. Her commentary covers everything from City Hall to crime. She’s happiest when she’s not in the newsroom but out in Philly’s diverse neighborhoods connecting with people and reporting on stories that otherwise wouldn’t get told. In 2017, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association awarded her first place for commentary for a selection of her columns including a particularly fiery one she wrote the morning after Pres. Trump was elected called “Shame on Deplorable Trump Backers.” She’s known for her blunt honesty and bravery in speaking out against social injustice.

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