South Charlotte

Women's show manager connects people

Tish Atkins is in the perfect position to do what she loves: bringing people together.

As the executive show manager for the Southern Women's Show, which ends today, Atkins does that and more.

"I love connecting people," Atkins said. "That's the best part of my job."

Atkins has been working with Southern Shows Inc. since 1998, and she's been managing the Southern Women's Show for six years.

"Tish has the rare combination of imagination, enthusiasm, empathy, organization, determination and style that makes her so good at what she does and such a great person to just be around," said David Zimmerman, president of Southern Shows Inc. "We're very fortunate to have her as part of our team."

Atkins lives in the Heathstead neighborhood with her cat, Ben. Originally from Tampa, Fla., she has called Charlotte her home since 1993.

"Personally and professionally, this year has really been very rewarding," said Atkins, who turned 50 this year.

The show has also experienced a healthy growth, she said. "The Southern Women's Show is an annual tradition, with moms and sisters and daughters attending," she said. "It's a lifestyle event for women."

The show offers "healthy cooking tips, latest tips in fashion and jewelry, security tips from CPI, home health care info, health care tips" and more, said Atkins.

Atkins said she enjoys her job because she loves to organize, plan and initiate parties with friends.

"I love connecting people, reading about different publications, hearing about people who are trying to get their message out," said Atkins.

At the show, exhibitors and customers meet face-to-face.

The show opens doors to nonprofits, such as Girls on the Run, and supports events that benefit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Firefighters' Burned Children Fund and Dress for Success Charlotte.

Dress for Success works to help disadvantaged women develop professionally and personally by providing professional clothes and career development support.

Atkins is on the board of Dress for Success, as well as the Actor's Theatre of Charlotte. She also is a member of the Women's Inter-cultural Exchange and the Active Women Advisory Board, an affinity group of Carolina's Medical Center.

"She is an incredibly talented worker who does it so humbly," said Jane Thomas, chairwoman of the Look At Her Power committee of Dress for Success Charlotte.

"She has a serving heart."