Greenville, SC – The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands will honor two Greenville-area women at its Annual Women of Distinction Awards Celebration on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at beginning at 6:00 p.m. Rhonda Hunt has been appointed as the event’s chair. The evening pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism.
This year’s honorees are: Debbie Harris, Vice President, Human Resources, Tire Centers, LLC and Amy Wood, 7 News Anchor.
Debbie Harris is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at Tire Centers, LLP (TCi) in Duncan, SC. This role has HR responsibility for the all TCi personnel across the United States working in the functions of tire distribution, warehousing and sales. Prior to this assignment, she was the Director of Human Resources for Michelin India for almost 4 years, responsible for employees working in manufacturing, service groups, marketing and sales and research and development.
Before moving to India in 2013, Debbie’s last assignment in Michelin North America (MNA) was as the Executive Vice President of customer service and logistics, responsible for all customer service operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Debbie joined Michelin in May 1990, as a shop floor manager in a tire manufacturing facility. After that time, she worked in various operational and personnel roles in manufacturing facilities in South Carolina and Indiana. Her previous roles have included: front-line supervisor, corporate trainer, area personnel manager, facility personnel manager, director of employee relations and director of recruiting.
Prior to joining Michelin, Debbie served 6 years in the U.S. Army in the Ordinance Corps, Maintenance Management. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Presbyterian College and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University.
Before leaving the US, Debbie was very active in the community, she has served on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and on various boards of directors: Safe Harbor, Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Heart Association, Girl Scouts (Fort Wayne, In.), and Junior Achievement (Fort Wayne, In).
Debbie is also the proud mother of 2 children, David Jr (DJ) a 28-year-old lawyer in Greenville, SC and Kristyn a 23-year-old staff writer and social media strategist at Sheen Magazine in Fountain Inn, SC
For nearly 3 decades Amy Wood has been evening anchor at 7 News and during the last decade she taught journalists around the nation how to make the news interactive, merging social media and broadcasting.
Wood co-anchors at 5, 7 and 11, on WSPA TV and the interactive “7 News at 10 on CW 62.” You can stream behind scenes with Amy, one of the first newscasters to use FACEBOOK LIVE on her fan page weeknights at 10.
Amy grew up in New York State. She was six months old when she was adopted by the best parents a kid could ask for. She lived just outside New York City until 1979 when her dad was transferred to Sweden. That international 3 year stint led to a unique opportunity where she was part of a children's choir that sang with ABBA in the recording studio and twice in concert.
Amy came back to the USA her sophomore year of high school. On a tour of a local newspaper she discovered journalism. After volunteering to work after school at the local paper she headed off to college, already published, and majoring in communications and broadcasting. She graduated from AMERICAN University in Washington, DC.
Amy started her career, covering blizzards and breaking news in Western Minnesota at KSAX, TV, sister station to KSTP.
The SC Broadcaster’s association named Amy Anchor of the Year in 2016 and 2012. And she's won four regional Emmy's for the broadcasts she's anchored.
She frequently speaks in the community, about the power of social media and how to get your story told in this digital age. Hub Spot placed Amy on the "100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter" list. Also - The Poynter Institute "35 Top Influencers in Social Media" and Big Money Web "200 Most Fearless Women Online and in Social Media." Her heart wrenching special report on domestic violence: South Carolina’s Shame, was honored with a first place Associated Press Award in series reporting.
Amy spends most of October every year raising awareness about breast cancer, a tribute to the mom she lost too soon. She regularly hosts panel discussions, community events, fundraisers and records public service announcements. There are numerous other causes Amy supports, from the March of Dimes, to the Girl Scouts, to the Spartanburg Regional Heart Foundation. Amy's dedication to community service led to the coveted SC Jaycees Community Service Award in 2002.
Mentoring next generation journalists and young people is a career long passion.
She has been featured at the Girl Scouts Powerful Women Summit, working with nearly 100 future leaders. Amy was also a Girl Scout leader and created Troop 123 in Spartanburg. She frequently takes time with Scout tour groups and students, to give young people a real feel for her job at the interactive news studio in downtown Greenville, 7 On Main, where Amy anchors in the windows across from Falls Park.
Amy is married to Mike Wood, an upstate native and businessman who spent decades refereeing ACC basketball. She is a proud mom to three awesome daughters, Brianna, Gracie and Jami who inspire her to stay brave and believe all things are possible.
WSPA-TV is the Media Sponsor for the September 14, 2016 Women of Distinction Awards being held at CU-ICAR in Greenville.
For ticket and/or sponsorship information to this annual fundraising event, please contact LaTanza Duncan, Chief Advancement Officer, LDuncan@gssc-mm.org, 803-461-3731or visit www.GSSC-MM.org.