The inspiring stories of “Hidden Figures” retired NASA Engineer Dr. Christine Darden, and entrepreneur Troylyn Ball of Asheville Distilling Co.
Retired NASA engineer Dr. Christine Darden and entrepreneur Troylyn Ball of Asheville Distilling Co. share stories of overcoming obstacles to achieve success as professional women at the 2017 WomanUP Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
A 1958 graduate of Asheville’s Allen High School, guest speaker Dr. Christine Darden started her career as a math teacher and became one of NASA’s “human computers,” going on to have a 40-year career as a NASA engineer and international expert in high-speed aerodynamics and sonic boom research. Dr. Darden will share her story and the career formula that she says pushed her to succeed. Her story is sure to be inspiring for women of all ages and careers.
Troylyn Ball is the founder and owner of Asheville Distilling Company and the maker of award-winning Troy & Sons Whiskey. Her story is captivating the nation in her newly released book, Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey. Her tale of perseverance to save her family from financial ruin while caring for her two developmentally challenged, special needs children is a lesson in faith and ingenuity. This “Moonshine Mama” (as she’s called) is as down-home as her whiskey and will capture your heart.
At the event, awards will be given to honor three outstanding women from Asheville’s business community: The Woman Nonprofit Leader of the Year, presented by TD Bank; Woman Executive of the Year, presented by Mission Health; and Women Entrepreneurs, Best in Business, presented by Webb Investments, Inc. The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Buncombe County Schools Foundation have partnered to host this celebration held at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center.
Tickets for the breakfast are $45. For more information, to register, or to order tickets, visit web.ashevillechamber.org/events/2017-WomanUP-Celebration-5031/details.