Registration is still open for this weekend’s annual event.

As Encore previously reported, Synchronicity Theatre will host a free panel discussion for the 2021 Virtual Women in the Arts and Business Luncheon this Friday, April 30, 2021 from 12:00—1:30pm, followed by 30 minutes of small group networking time. As for the lunch part? That can be delivered to patrons’ doors for a fee.

“Women on the Rise”

The theme for the 18th annual event is Women on the Rise: Resilience and Re-Emergence. Panelists will discuss relevant issues in Atlanta’s business and arts communities, and celebrate the pioneering women who make up its textured and diverse landscape. Topics also include: cultural value shifts, work/life balance, how the arts and business ecology are evolving, and the place for arts in our community’s future.

This year’s event will honor Angela Harris (Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Dance Canvas), and others, for their contributions to the arts and economic development in Atlanta.


Panelists include: Danielle Deadwyler (Actor, Poet, Filmmaker), Jai Rogers (Vice President, Business and Community Development, Delta Community Credit Union), Lara Smith (Managing Director, Dad’s Garage), and Joy Wilder Lybeer (U.S.I.S Chief Revenue Officer SVP– Global Partnerships Equifax). The panel will be moderated by Synchronicity Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Rachel May.


The networking component, one of the key opportunities for in-depth cross-industry connection, will be in the form of breakout sessions following the event. This year, sponsorship packages offer an exclusive “Hall of Fame” for the women whom companies would like to honor and a VIP pre-event cocktail lounge for the celebration.


There will also be an online auction running until 3:00pm on April 30th. Items can be bid on by downloading the Auctria app, or by following the link provided when the auction is launched at The public and event participants can bid on a variety of new experiences, swag packages, and more, and double the community impact by bidding on any of the Artist–Led or Black-Owned Business packages. 50% of all proceeds will go back to the businesses or organizations.

About those tickets…

Registration is free but mandatory. There will be an option to order lunch, provided by community partner MetroFresh with a personal bottle of prosecco from Ansley Wine Merchants delivered for $35. Registration and order information is available at

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A theatre aficionado with a passion for telling people's stories, Sally Henry Fuller is a performing arts journalist. She has had the privilege of interviewing both local theatre professionals and multi-award-winning celebrities including Carol Burnett, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Williams, Josh Gad, and Taylor Hicks. With theatre journalism experience since 2011, her work has also been featured on, the Huffington Post, and the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.

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