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Women of Influence: Madame C.J. Walker/Cathy Hill

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As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, we learn about a rags to riches story that really should inspire us all. From an uneducated laborer to a millionaire, now that's what the American dream is all about. The daughter of former slaves transformed herself from a laundry worker to one of the 20th century's most successful self- made women  entrepreneurs. Madame C.J. Walker revolutionized black hair care and gave people hope that they too could succeed in business. One of those people was a little girl from rural Georgia who is now a top executive with Georgia Power, Cathy Hill, a woman of Influence.

She has traveled the world and is one of the highest ranking officers at Georgia Power. But, Cathy Hill learned her most valuable life lessons from her parents while she was a little girl growing up in the projects in Dublin, Georgia. "They made sure that we started working early. By the age of 12, I had a job. I was working in yards. Things like that that created and reinforced work ethic. When I was very young, it reinforced the importance of giving back to your community and working with your community. There is no substitute for those kinds of things. I had the things that my parents instilled in me," explained Cathy Hill.  

She graduated with an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and first walked through these doors as an intern. The company kept her on in many different capacities. "So I have done everything from managing Georgia Power's organization that is responsible for all the lines, line trucks and bucket trucks to the roles that I had in customer service working with our customer service reps behind the counter," said Hill.

28 years later, she's now the Vice President of the Coastal Region and is still as excited about providing customers with electricity as she was on her first day on the job. Like Madame C.J. Walker, Cathy Hill's journey is not just about herself ... both hard- working, self- made women. Walker made her mark in business while creating opportunities for others to succeed and giving back to her community. "So for me, her notion around job creation and understanding how important that is if you really want to move a community forward the fact that she was inclusive and she wanted to see others succeed and the fact that she made real solid and important contributions to her community in the form of social services and services to boys and girls all of those things inspirational to me things that I want to aspire to."

We already see that in Cathy Hill. She works tirelessly in our community to improve the quality of life through many organizations including the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and several universities just to name a few.

To learn more about Madame C.J. Walker, check out her official website http://www.madamewalker.net/

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