Two Women with USC Upstate Ties Honored by Breakfast BPW of Spartanburg

November 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

Susan A. Hodge, senior director of community engagement at USC Upstate, and Tonya Adams Brannon, shelter director for the SAFE Homes/Rape Crisis Coalition, have been honored with awards given by the Breakfast Business and Professional Women of Spartanburg.

Hodge is the recipient of the Career Woman of the Year Award which honors a woman who has significant success in her career; Brannon is the recipient of the Woman of Accomplishment Award which goes to a woman who has distinguished herself in her career, in community service and as a role model for young women.

Hodge’s accomplishments include work in assembling and organizing some of the oldest medical documents in Spartanburg that are housed and being preserved in the USC Upstate campus in the Archives of the Upstate. She has raised funds and also established collaborative relationships between the community and the university. Hodge has degrees from Smith College, the University of Michigian and Duke University.

In addition to her employment at SAFE Homes, Brannon has served in several community endeavors, including serving as Chair of the City of Spartanburg Human Relations Commission. In Brannon’s words, “great accomplishments happen in communities where persons give back.”  Brannon is a lifelong  resident of Spartanburg and a 1990 graduate of USC Upstate who has been active in Spartanburg’s celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The mission of Breakfast Business and Professional Women of Spartanburg is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. The organization can be contacted through their Facebook page or by emailing Tracy Regan, president, at Visitors are welcomed and invited to the monthly breakfast meeting.