A group of powerhouse women was honored recently at the Atlanta History Center, at what was the March of Dimes’ first Atlanta’s Women of Distinction event.

Nominated by their friends or colleagues for their community involvement, business leadership and other factors, the honorees included notable females in entertainment, real estate, transportation, technology and other categories. A Community Impact Award and a Rising Star award were also presented. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Morehouse School of Medicine’s Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, a renowned infertility specialist and researcher, who was also the founding director of one of the nation’s first centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was on hand to congratulate the winners and give the keynote speech, in which she noted the responsibility each of us has to better our communities. The event not only recognized some incredible local women, it also raised $125,00 for the March of Dimes.

Photos: Henri Hollis