Tannika King, Darlington's director of communications, is one of 15 local women selected to participate in the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation Women's Leadership Academy.
This personal leadership development program is designed to improve career, mentoring, and service opportunities for women who have demonstrated leadership potential, career aspirations, and a commitment to community and servant leadership as a lifetime journey. Facilitated by The University of Georgia's J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, the program features premier content and speakers in each of the sessions, which kick off this month with a two-day retreat and conclude in May.
"It's an honor to have been selected for this unique opportunity designed to help local female leaders grow in both their professional and personal lives," said King. "I look forward to building relationships with and learning from my classmates and other local leaders."
King was named director of communications in 2015 after serving as Darlington's director of media relations since 2004. A graduate of Berry College, she is active in the community and passionate about the causes in which she volunteers her time. She is a past president and current member of the Sexual Assault Center of NWGA Board of Directors, helping to coordinate the organization's very successful annual fundraiser, the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge, each year. She is also a graduate of the Floyd County government's Focused on Floyd 101 citizens academy, a graduate of the Rome-Floyd Chamber's Leadership Rome Class of XXIV, and a past coordinator of Leadership Rome.
Additional civic involvements have included service on the SPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee, Rome-Floyd Citizens for Progress, the Rome-Floyd Chamber's Young Professionals Planning Committee, local organizing committees for Hospitality House’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and Tour de Georgia, the Board of Directors for the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Rome International Film Festival, and as a mentor with Rome-Floyd Communities in Schools. She has also participated in Harbor House Child Advocacy Center's Adult Spell Off and A Night to Remember: An Adult Prom to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
For her commitment to Darlington and the community, King was recognized with one of the school's 2018 James Douglas Brown Jr. Faculty Awards and one of the Heart of the Community Foundation's 2019 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.
Founded in Statesboro, Ga., in 2015, the LBWF Women's Leadership Academy has partnered with Georgia Power to launch academies throughout the state with Rome being the first new city. Additional locations will follow in 2020. Click here for more information.