Women with Momentum


Cecilia Johnson-Powell serves as director of United Way of the Mid-South’s Driving the Dream (DTD) initiative. In her role, Cecilia leads the DTD effort with the goal of improving the effectiveness of service delivery by seamlessly, intentionally, and efficiently moving individuals and their families toward economic self-sufficiency and other life goals which they, the clients, identify. Within this work, it is vital that Cecilia create and cultivate a completely new system delivery paradigm that leads to a healthier and more prosperous community.

Dear younger self: Say yes when God asks you to serve.

Pearl Shaw serves as president of Saad&Shaw, a comprehensive fund development consultancy. Shaw leads a team of talented professionals and together they help nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities to grow their fundraising programs - locally, nationally, also including projects abroad.

Dear, younger self: The world is bigger than you can imagine: it will change in ways you can’t conceive. Believe in yourself, love yourself, and get ready for the unknown.