Vickie Elisa

 Vickie Elisa is a 2007 Redbook Magazine Heroes: Strength & Spirit winner for being a champion in creating a realistic economic empowerment program called, Smart Women & Money, that has reached more than 55,000 women nationally and internationally.  Because of her economic empowerment work, she was honored by DeKalb County Government with her own day.  She has also developed a Parent/Teen Communication program regarding how to Talk To Children About Responsible Sexual Health. Ms. Elisa has more than 25 years experience in the field of health communication, social marketing and health program development.  She is an Emmy, Telly and Addy-award winning television producer.

As a 16-year volunteer board president of Mothers’ Voices Georgia, a non-profit organization working to improve the health and social status of women and their families, she has developed a wide array of health education programs including Smart Women & Money, a financial literacy program developed and supported by the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER). The Smart Women & Money program covers: emotional spending, budgeting, social security and retirement, protecting assets, wills and estates, caregivers and retirement, home ownership and debt reduction. 

An avid community advocate for women, Ms. Elisa has worked on the First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2012  Let’s Move Campaign for DeKalb County. She was a 2011 White House Community Leader on Policy Issues for Seniors.  She was the Georgia TV producer for a 2000 White House Teleconference on What Every Woman Needs to Know about Retirement, which was hosted by Hilliary Rodham Clinton. She has worked with the Pew Charitable Trust on Social Security education for women. She was honored  by the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau for her work in promoting the field of nursing through

the GEM-Nursing Mentor program. She is a Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau National Women’s Leader, a WISER - Woman of Vision Leader, a 2000 White House delegate on Social Security and Retirement issues.  She is chair of marketing for Senior Connections, Inc.  A member of the 2007 Leadership DeKalb class, a former 2006 – 2010 DeKalb County Planning Commissioner and a former member of the 2009 Georgia Association of County Commissioners Health Policy Committee. Currently, she is a steward at Mt Zion AME Church.


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