October Leadership Training Meeting

  • 20 Oct 2011
  • 11:30 AM - 12:59 PM
  • Heritage Club at Bridge Street


  • Guest can register for events per member invitation only.

October WEDC Training Meeting

Parking is at the Westin Hotel. Enter and walk through the Westin lobby, out the lobby and through the courtyard gate. The Heritage Club is in that courtyard below the Melting Pot.  Lunch will be served buffet style, please go ahead and make your plate when you arrive!

October is Founder's Month so please remember to wear purple and your WEDC pin*!!

New Members will be inducted

2011 WEDC Foundation Update

Tina Savas
Co-Author of "Women of True Grit"

Book signing after the meeting

Tina V. Savas works with organizations that want to educate on women’s issues, encourage entreprenuership and shatter the glass ceiling.

She is among the first wave of women entrepreneurs in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1983, she founded the Birmingham Business Journal newspaper, followed by Alabama Health News, Alabama Construction News, and Birmingham Weekly, the area’s only weekly alternative newspaper and continual winner of national editorial awards.

The Birmingham Business Journal was instrumental in changing the business landscape in Birmingham with in-depth business news never seen before. It was an uphill battle for a single woman in her twenties with little money in a tough industry, but Savas’ determination won the day.

Her newspaper legacies include “The Fifty Richest” series, naming the area’s 50 richest people and their net worth; “The Birmingham 100,” listing the top private companies and their revenues; the “Top 40 Under 40” series, naming the up and coming stars all under the age of 40 (now copied in all U.S. major markets); the “Fast Track 25,” ranking the fastest growing companies in the area; and the “Best in Business” awards.

She also created the “Top Birmingham Women” award, naming ten women each year who personify the highest echelons in the community. As a tribute to her, the Birmingham Business Journal presented Savas this award after she sold that publication.

She has served on local boards for community development, advised numerous foundations, colleges and hospitals and won many awards during her career. She hosted a weekly radio show, appeared on local television shows and is featured in the book, Italians in the Deep South, as one of the “newer generation” of Italians making “waves.”

Savas continues her entrepreneurial spirit through real estate investment and other business ventures. Her passion for business has recently extended to volunteer and community work for those ages 50 and older. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Paul, and son, Alex.

Email:  Tina@womenoftruegrit.com


*Pins will be available for sale at the registration table for $5 each.


All reservations must be made online and paid via paypal. If you want to attend, YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE!  If you show up at the door, you are not guaranteed a lunch or a seat!! Even PREPAID members must register online!


There is also not an option for no lunch starting this January.  The price will be the same for all those attending and lunch is included!

Don't forget to register by Monday, October 17, 2011 by 5 pm!! 

The Heritage Club at Bridge Street Town Centre