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Contact:Wendy Broderick
Executive Director

Palmetto Center for Women
YMCA of Columbia
office: 803.748.9622 ext. 113

Programs and Events

2014 Prayer Breakfast

WHEN: Friday, May 9th, Doors open at 7:00 a.m. and the Program begins at 7:30 a.m.
WHERE: Columbia Marriott
SPEAKER: Adrian Peterson

The Prayer Breakfast is a special time where people from all parts of the community join together for a time of reflection, encouragement and prayer.

Adrian Peterson graduated from Georgia Southern in 2001, capping an extraordinary collegiate career that witnessed his winning the 1999 Walter Payton Award. The four-time consensus All-American led the Eagles to two national championships and a third title game appearance.

Drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2002, Peterson spent eight seasons with the NFL team, including the 2006 NFC Championship season and Super Bowl XLI. He played one season with the Virginia Destroyers in 2011.

Peterson now travels the nation sharing his story of faith and how a difficult speech disability motivated him to fight harder to reach his life goals. Peterson recently released Don’t Dis My Abilities an inspiring story of hope.

Join us for a wonderful morning of community fellowship.

Table of Eight: $350    

Individual Ticket: $35    

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Women Linking Women
April 24, 2014

Save the Date: Thursday, April 24th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown Marriott
FEE: Free for PCW members. $15 for non-members

Recognizing the power of female leadership in the business community, Women Linking Women seeks to channel that power into an effective and enjoyable forum to share ideas, opportunities and successes. Women Linking Women is a vehicle through which business leaders can meet, encourage and help each other.

PCW Members, email Wendy to RSVP for this event.


Trinity Focus Group
April 10, 2014

Professional Women Connecting on Issues of Life and Faith

Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month from Noon - 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church - inside Ellis Hall Room (1306 Hampton Street, Columbia). Each month we have a program that includes a dynamic speaker with an inspirational message. Please join us for a special time of fellowship and encouragement.

You can park in the church lot on Washington Street - this is first-come, first-served or you also can park in the garage on the corner of Hampton and Marion Streets – 1st level on the exit side - Spaces are marked “For Church Parking.” RSVP to or pay online below.

Trinity Focus Group’s Mission is to:

  • Strengthen professional women’s relationships with God and their commitments to serve Him in the work place, home and in the community.
  • Compel business women to develop the passion and skills to be women of spiritual influence in their work settings.
  • Reach women who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


Option 1 - Buy Online

April 10th Trinity Luncheon Ticket: $10    

Option 2 - RSVP to Belinda Doss at or 401-4219.


Speaker: Cherie Nettles
Location: First Baptist Church

Born in South Carolina, Cherie Nettles believes all little girls arrive in the magnolia-lined states of the South in three ways, safe, sweet and sassy, and she has chosen to place her emphasis on the “Sassy.” Cherie Nettles is a Certified Laughter Leader, a Christian comedienne, Bible teacher, motivational speaker and writer. Cherie has entertained audiences across the United States with her joy, laughter and motivational messages. Cherie openly admits her favorite audiences always seem to be in Hawaii, but also believes that her Spiritual gift is the fact that she loves the people of every audience.

From overcoming an early start in an abusive addictive family, to finding the joy in her on daily journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis since the age of 17 and being an Ovarian Cancer survivor, Cherie recognizes life sends us many curves and wallowing in them will result in you sitting on your biggest curve - quite miserably. So, Cherie’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter will not only tickle your funny bone but leave you full of grace, mercy and motivation.
Cherie has co-authored several books, written her own story, “Growing My Divine Shrine: Your Way to Live, Love and Laugh through Life,” written a children’s book, and produced a comedy DVD.
Cherie truly does believe that laughter is medicine to your soul, and she would truly love to come to your event and share her prescription.
Cherie lives in West Columbia, SC with her husband of 25 years (bless him) Mike, and their Yorkie-Poo, Stuffy, and we wouldn’t won’t to forget those feathers from her nest - their son Alex, a 2013 graduate of the University of South Carolina and their daughter Ashleigh, a sophomore at Presbyterian College.


Listen to Our Past Trinity Focus Luncheon Speakers (MP3 Download)

Dr. Kashyap Patel

Mickey Layden

Christy Cox - "Open Windows"

Lere Robinson - "Nuggets for the Body and Soul"

Hannah Horn - "Things of Value"

Judy Gatson - "God is About to Be"

Lere Robinson - "Glory Stories From Lere's Life"

Delaine Blackwell - "Making a Radical Difference"

Leslie Bennett - "True Woman" - June 2011

Darrin & Carla Horn - "Be Who You Are, Where You Are"

Sue Madden - "He Is Always There"

Brian Morris - "Sharing your Faith in the Workplace"

Jeremy Kingsley - "Pursuing Intimacy With Christ"

Bob Berry - "Financial Peace"

Dawndy Mercer Plank - "R.S.V.P."

Donna Peele - "Being Present"

Kris Cato - "Personal Testimony"

Tobin Cassels - "Loving God..The Most Important thing I Will Ever Do."

Sheila Mills - "The Right Hand"

Sandee Hensley - "Heartworks Ministry"

Richard Blackaby - "Faithful Leadership in the Business Arena"

Helen Harrison Coker - "Compost and God the Master Gardener"

Mickey Layden - "Peter and the Aftermath of Easter"

Marsha Davis - "Don't Miss the Banquet Before Easter"

Cathy Novinger - "My Journey of Faith."

Dawndy Mercer Plank - "Details!, Details!, Details!"

Heather Matthews - "Believing Versus Knowing Jesus"


2013 Hats Off to Women

We'd like to thank everyone who joined us on April 24th for Hats Off to Women, a stylish brunch and Fashion Show. What a fun way to celebrate Administrative Professionals Week and support Palmetto Center for Women.

Trinity Focus Group's Downtown Bible Studies

Tuesdays at Noon

Beth Moore's video series, Esther - It's Tough Being a Woman
Noon at The Tower at Gervais, 1301 Gervais Street, 6th Floor.

Friday Mornings

A Study of the Book of Matthew led by Mickey Layden.
7:30 - 8:15 a.m. at a new location.
1441 Main, 3rd floor Conference Room.

Thursday Evenings

There will be a Transistions Bible Study at 7:30 pm on Thursdays
More details to come.


2012 TWIN Awards

The 2012 TWIN Awards luncheon was held on November 9th , 2012 at the Columbia Marriott. Governor Nikki Haley delivered the keynote as 39 women of achievement were honored. TWIN Award recipients include: Elisabeth Bischofberger, Inspiring Young Women Award, Barbara Blau, Entrepreneurship Award, Renee Brooks, Corporate Award, Regina Hampton Brown, Volunteerism Award, Anna Elsey Cavanagh, Government Award, Catherine Horne, Health & Wellness Award, Lee Hubbard Lumpkin, Arts Award, and Dr. Pamela Martin Wilson, Education Award. The Palmetto Center for Women Award was presented to The Leadership Institute at Columbia College. Please stay tuned for information on the 2013 TWIN Awards to be held in the Fall.

A special thanks our Principal sponsor, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina for their continuous support of Palmetto Center for Women as well as our Premier sponsors BB&T, Bank of America, Colonial Life, Handpicked, McNair Attorneys, Nexsen Pruet, TD Bank, and James E. Smith, PA. Without support from businesses and the community, the TWIN Awards would not be possible each year.

2012 TWIN Awards Program

Prayer Breakfast

We want to recognize & thank the following sponsors for helping to make our 2013 Prayer Breakfast a great success. If you were unable to attend the Prayer Breakfast, follow the link below to hear audio from the program. Benefactor: BB&T, Colliers International, LCK Construction Services, Palmetto Automatic Sprinkler Company, South Carolina Bank and Trust, Kathryn Williams Patron: McCrory Construction Co., LLC, Providence Hospitals, MEGA, Inc., W.O. Blackstone & Co.

2013 Prayer Breakfast
2012 Prayer Breakfast

Congratulations to our TWIN Awards Honorees

The TWIN Award (Tribute to Women in Industry) is a distinguished honor presented to women whose outstanding achievements mark them as leaders and role models in business and in the community. Since the inception of the TWIN Awards in 1980, over 480 businesswomen have been honored who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and/or community.

We would like to congratulate our 2014 honorees:

Judith Pinner Baskins
Margaret T. Bolyn
Valencia Y. Bostic
Hayley Bowers
Robin W. Bowers
Sharon C. Bramlett
Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES
Gail T. Chapman
Rita Jones Crapps
Sharon T. Duke
Tina Emerson
Anita M. Garrett
Miriam Hair
Heather Hardy
Mary Dell Hayes
Rosemary Hedden
Karen Hedgepath
Christie E. Hill
Katherine Swartz Hilton

Jan Jernigan
Lou Kennedy
Susan Waring Koch
Terree Korpita
Candace H. Leaphart
Debbie Martin
Jeanna Moffett
Myra Feder Nelson
Chakisse Newton
Melissa C. Rawl
Lila Anna H. Sauls
Katrina E. Spigner
Jean Hoefer Toal
Elizabeth Smith Trenbeath
Anne M. Vickers
Isvara M.A. Wilson

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