Inspired: Abbey Dyer Amonette & Shawanna Kendrick

Women Celebrating Women

The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out.
Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves told by those they inspired most.
Abbey Dyer Amonette and Shawanna Kendrick

The more I learn about Shawanna, the more I love about her.”

inspired: Abbey Dyer Amonette
inspiration: Shawanna Kendrick

I met Shawanna Kendrick on a nonprofit committee about a year ago. That nonprofit has the goal of empowering and inspiring young women, and we had that mission in common. Almost immediately, Shawanna became an inspiration to me. I learned on that committee that Shawanna is a force. She is a PR specialist who has worked in various media capacities here in Chattanooga. Her assistance on the committee was impressive, but that was just the first thing I noticed about her. I learned that she works for the District Attorney’s office on various initiatives, including ones that keep young women from engaging in criminal activity. She also works with women reentering the community after incarceration. 

The more I learn about Shawanna, the more I love about her. She has gone through Leadership Chattanooga, which is a real aspiration of mine. And she’s a female entrepreneur! Both of our small businesses are on a mission to help women, and she supported me earlier this year by speaking for an event that I organized called Women in Leadership-Impact Chattanooga. Shawanna is a true inspiration, and I am grateful to know her.