I’m honored to be selected as a Pioneering Woman 2016
In 2003, Georgine Guillory started the nonprofit group to honor women in the community for their professional, volunteerism and vocational contributions and to help promising students pay for higher education. Each year, a committee selects a handful of women to honor for their efforts in the community.
“They have a real sense of social progress,” she relates. “We celebrate them because of the profound impact they have on our community, and we should support their work.”
In addition to honoring some phenomenal women in the community and celebrating women’s suffrage, Pioneering Women puts any proceeds into two programs meant to encourage education, its College Assistance Program and 2nd Chances. The College Assistance Program provides students with textbooks for higher learning, and 2nd Chances benefits community members seeking their GEDs.
Some previous honorees that you may know are: Charlotte Moses, Evelyn Lord, Nancy Beaulieu, Paula Bothe, Paula O’Neal, Tracie Payne, Verna Rutherford, Dorrie Adolph, Becky Ames, Nell McCallum, Tisha Armstead, Jane McBride, Betty Greenberg, Marcia Stevens, Karen Bourdier, Jackie Simien, Gay Scott, Shelly Vitanza, Connie Szuch, Mary Ann Reid, and Mary Simon.
Gail holds a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. She was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing her professional career as a Braille teacher.
She married Sam after raising three children as a single mother.
In 2007 She founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered.
She is a Certified Professional Coach and her stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. Her book, Living Learning Loving, published in July 2015, is available for purchase on CreateSpace, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble online.
Great Job, Gail! Laurie