SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo to be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022

We are excited to announce this year's speaker is Emmy award-winning journalist and philanthropist Soledad O'Brien

St. Joseph's/Candler is excited for the 20th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo.This year's event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, at the Savannah Convention Center. 

Please Note: This event is sold out and our wait list is full. You can still support the event by donating to our Telfair Mammography Fund

The SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo is an annual fundraiser for St. Joseph's/Candler's Mary Telfair Women's Hospital, which includes the Mammography Fund at Telfair Pavilion. The purpose of raising money for this fund is to provide programs, services and capital support for mammography related initiatives that benefit appropriately qualified patients who are uninsured or underinsured. The SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Telfair Mammography Fund to meet this goal since its inception over a decade ago. 

The 19th annual fundraiser, which was held in January 2022, raised a record amount of more than $195,000.

About this year's speaker

As the anchor and producer of the syndicated political show Matter of Fact, Soledad O'Brien has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting. A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy award-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series Black in America and Latino in America. Soledad is also a contributing editor for PBS NewsHour, and since 2020, she has hosted the weekly podcast Very Opinionated with Soledad O'Brien. In 2021, she hosted the Audible-original pdocast series Growing Up P.O.C., and in 2022, the hour-long radio show and podcast series Everyday Wealth.

With eloquence and a measured ability to examine often-divisive issues such as race, class, wealth, opportunity and poverty, she invites audiences to delve deeper into the headlines that shape our lives, our outlooks and our daily interactions. Her documentary production company, Soledad O'Brien Productions (SO'B), follows that same path, uncovering empowering, untold stories that take a challenging look at often divisive issues. Two recent SO'B series include The Prison Breaker, on Discovery Plus, and Disrupt and Dismantle which aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the Smithsonian channel. Her four-part HBO mini-series Black and Missing premiered in late 2021.

She is the author of two books, her critically acclaimed memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities, and Latino in America.

O'Brien's coverage of race issues has won her two Emmy awards; she earned a third for her presidential election coverage, and she is a two-time Peabody winner. Other awards include the Alfred duPont, Gracie Allen, Clara Barton, Hispanic Heritage, Cronkite, NAACP's President's Award, John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award and Silver Telly Award.

A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition and expenses for young women. She has served on many boards, including The Peabody Awards at UGA, Harlem School of the Arts, the National Archives and the Rand Corporation. In 2021, she was named to the board of trustees for the Smithsonian National Latino American Museum.

Dazzling Diamond Dig

Get your tickets now to enter this year's Dazzling Diamond Dig for a chance to win TWO beautiful pieces of jewelry. For just $25, you can purchase a ticket to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a beautiful diamond ring and necklace courtesy of Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry. Harkleroad continues to dazzle with its latest donation to SmartWomen. This year's winner will receive both a two-carat total weight diamond band in 14-karat white gold, H-I color and VS2-SI1 clarity (value is $6,300) and a .96-carat diamond pendant in 14-karat white gold, SI1-2 clarity and G-H in color on an 18-inch, 14-karat white gold chain (value is $4,500). Total value: $10,800.


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Event details

20th annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo will be held:

When: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022
Expo: 10 a.m.
Lunch & Program: Noon

Where: Savannah Convention Center
1 International Drive,
Savannah, Ga. 31421


Speaker Sponsor

Savannah Chatham Imaging

Platinum Sponsor


Diamond Sponsor


VIP Reception Sponsor

THA Group


Gold Sponsor

Capt. Lux and Kay Lakshman

Dr. and Mrs. Gabriel Pitt




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Mr. and Mrs. James Corde Wilson, III


Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Nichols, II


Mrs. Sara Sands


United Community Bank


Centerpiece Sponsor

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Culinary Sponsor

AV Sponsor


Event Day Bar Sponsor


Fund the Need Sponsor


Travel Sponsor


Book Signing Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

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Dr. Karen and Mr. Lenny Panzitta


Elizabeth T. Stout

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Georgia Power


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Mrs. Robert O. Levitt






Redheads, LLC


Release Marine





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Telfair Board of Directresses



Tri-River Foods, LP



Media Sponsors

iHeart Media


Printing Sponsor



Trolley Sponsor

Chatham Orthopaedics
Mr. and Mrs. James Corde Wilson III


VIP Reception Bar Sponsor

Georgia Center for Reproductive Medicine - Dr. Patrick Blohm


Raffle Sponsor

Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty

Table Tent Sponsor

Hospice Savannah
Level 10 Real Estate


Bronze Sponsors

Abbie Deloach Foundation
Access eForms
Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
Bank of America
Betsy and Niko Ormond
Bouhan Falligant LLP
Chatham Oral Surgery
Dr. and Mrs. William Fuqua
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Engel & Völkers Savannah
Hello Gorgeous
Innomed, Inc.
JE Dunn Construction
Kole Investment Co.
Mr. and Mrs. John Carson, Jr.
Oliver Maner
Palmer & Cay
Peeples Industries
Pooler Chamber of Commerce
Queensborough Bank & Trust
Resource Corporation of America
Savannah Area Chamber and Visit Savannah
Savannah Vascular Institute
SouthState Bank
South University 
Speros, Inc.
Synovus Bank
The Landings Club
The Pinyan Company
Town of Bluffton
Union Mission
United Concordia Dental


Expo Sponsors

Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry
Gaughf Dermatology
The Horseshoe Crab
Lowcountry Dermatology
PK Collections
Tactical Baby Gear
Thrive on Skidaway



Contact Us for More Information

For more information on SmartWomen sponsorship opportunities or ways to support the Mammography Fund, please call the St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations  at 912-819-8683 or email We look forward to talking with you. Thank you for your interest in supporting us so that we can ensure that our community continues to have access to the very best healthcare services, technology and programs available.

If you’d simply like our mailing address, please send any written communications or designated contributions to:

St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations
Heart & Lung Building
5356 Reynolds Street, Suite 400
Savannah, GA 31405

Smart Women 2021

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