Warner Robins conference honors women

awoolen@macon.comMarch 6, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- For four years, the It’s Time Unity Conference has honored women in Georgia.

At the Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight hangar on Saturday, about 100 women from various parts of the state listened to speakers who encouraged fellow women by offering advice and solutions on topics such as business and life.

One of the speakers was financial adviser Sherri Goss, who is the senior vice president at Rosenberg Financial Group Inc.

She spoke about the need to prepare financially for the future because women statistically live longer than men and also end up as the primary caregivers for aging parents.

“There are lots of unique things about women,” Goss said.

The conference honored Outstanding Women in Education, and four local women were award winners as well. They were: Emily Cisco, administrative assistant from Westside Christian Academy; Dorothy Ferguson, director of operations for adult education at Central Georgia Technical College South; Cindy Flesher, principal at Centerville Elementary School; and Andrea H. McGee, principal at Eagle Springs Elementary School.

The educators were chosen from nominations that were solicited from all 159 counties in Georgia. A committee of individuals from various parts of the state made the final selections based on the recommendation letters from each school system’s superintendant.

Also at the conference, Warner Robins businesswoman Barbara Shaheen was presented as a 2013 Outstanding Women in Business Honoree.

“I listened to people in the community” for the selection of the award, said conference director Vivian L. Childs.

Shaheen owned Shaheen Office Supply for 35 years, and it had four locations in Middle Georgia in Hawkinsville, Fort Valley, Perry and Warner Robins. The main store was on Watson Boulevard.

“We had a really good rapport with our customers, and that was our motto,” Shaheen said about her success.

She and her late husband Charles Shaheen Jr. owned the business together, but it was Barbara Shaheen who was the face of the store.

Though Shaheen no longer owns the office supply company, part of her business, Legacy Fine China & Gifts, is located within Yelverton Jewelers at Shaheen Plaza.

She admitted she hasn’t retired and goes into the office about one day a week.

“I’m grateful for Warner Robins for giving us the success we had,” she said.

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