Inspiring Inclusion for International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8 to recognize the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is to Inspire Inclusion and aims to forge a more inclusive world for women by bringing a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment to the workforce.  

The first IWD was held in March 1911 and, over a century later, has become a collective global day of activism and celebration that belongs to all those committed to shaping women’s equality. 

As we mark this significant occasion, L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) would like to recognize the women of our office and all their accomplishments. The LIS team is comprised of several impactful women, all of whom come from a unique background. Each of the women brings different talents to the table and play a key role helping our business run successfully.

Amanda Perry 

Amanda Perry, serving as the Billing Controller at LIS, is a proud two-time alum of the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM). Holding a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration, Perry’s educational journey has been marked by excellence. During her college years, she took on the role of treasurer for Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, showcasing her leadership and financial skills. Perry has a passion for numbers and plans to further enhance her credentials by pursuing a certified managerial accountant certification in the future. With her extensive background in accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation, Perry thrives in the dynamic environment of the accounting field, enjoying the unique challenges and opportunities that each day brings. 

Angela Dortch 

As one of the Project Administrators for our survey department, Angela Dortch brings a wealth of expertise. With two degrees from Murray State University, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and a master’s in human development and leadership, Dortch is well-equipped to handle various responsibilities. Her tasks include facilitating communication between clients and the surveying team, ensuring project adherence to timelines and budgets, and compiling client information for the preparation of proposals and contracts. 

Having over 30 years of professional experience, Dortch has served the public in both medical capacities and as a customer service representative. Her extensive background proves invaluable in ensuring the effective communication of demographic information with clients, facilitating seamless interactions, and ensuring timely payment for services provided. Dortch’s diverse skill set and commitment contribute significantly to the success of our survey department. 

Ashley Horn 

Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Ashley Horn, has played a significant role in the organization’s development. Horn helped establish the marketing department, achieving remarkable outcomes in our community outreach and employee relations programs. With a diverse background in communications, emphasizing higher education and nonprofit fields, Horn’s expertise greatly contributed to the creation of the LIS internship program. 

Currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Regent University, Horn holds a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communication from UTM. Beyond LIS, she is actively a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), serves as a board member for the American Advertising Federation (AAF), is a distinguished graduate of Leadership Henry County (LHC), and current pupil in Leadership Carroll County. Horn’s contributions at LIS and within the community showcase her commitment to the professional and community environments. 

Carolyn Dotson 

Carolyn Dotson assumes the role of the Human Resources Officer, bringing over 15 years of invaluable experience in the human resources realm. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a marketing concentration from UTM and a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University. Additionally, Dotson holds valuable certifications as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and a Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). 

Over the years, Dotson has demonstrated her expertise in various areas of human resources, including benefits and compensation, talent management, training and development, compliance in human resources, and safety. On top of her work experience, she has also been actively involved in facilitating classes related to human resources, management, and marketing, showcasing her commitment to professional development and knowledge sharing within the field. 

Madison Bickerstaff 

Madison Bickerstaff serves as the Communications Specialist at LIS and holds a pivotal role in overseeing our internal and external communications. With a Bachelor of Arts in English for Corporate Communications and a Professional Writing Certificate from Christian Brothers University, along with a Master of Science in Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Affairs from the University of Memphis, Bickerstaff brings a diverse educational background to her position. 

Drawing from her experience in higher education, Bickerstaff understands the significance of education, both in promoting staff relations and driving community outreach efforts. Leveraging her expertise in corporate communications and professional writing, she ensures the effective distribution of important information in her role, playing a vital part in planning and executing staff relations events at LIS. Bickerstaff utilizes her diverse skills to contribute significantly to our communication strategies and overall organizational success. 

Martha Jane (MJ) Hooper 

Martha Jane (MJ) Hooper, currently serving as the Marketing and Communications Intern at LIS, has been part of our team for nearly three years. Throughout her internship, Hooper has actively contributed to various responsibilities, including the administration of the staff photo content, oversight of LIS’ social media presence, and collaboration on administrative tasks with Horn and Bickerstaff. Graduating from UTM in December 2023 with a Bachelor of Mass Media and Strategic Communication, emphasizing public relations, Hooper is furthering her education by pursuing a Master of Science in Education.

Tami Winston 

As the primary point of contact for LIS, Tami Winston excels in delivering a positive and welcoming experience for clients, whether in-person or over the phone. Known for her team-oriented approach, Winston actively supports multiple departments by contacting clients, conveying project updates, and maintaining meticulous records. Her passion for fitness has played a vital role in initiating LIS’ wellness program, where she serves as the program coordinator. Winston is committed to our staff’s well-being and by enhancing productivity, boosting morale, alleviating stress, and promoting teamwork through wellness initiatives at LIS. 

Terri Hendrix 

Terri Hendrix, who is also a Project Administrator in the survey department, brings valuable experience from 22 years in customer service, which has allowed her to refine her communication and problem-solving skills throughout the years. Her educational background involves studying business management at Bethel University, and she holds a certification from Kaplan University in commerce and insurance. With a prior role as an insurance producer specializing in property and casualty, Hendrix’s understanding of insurance processes has offered invaluable insights into related legal matters. 

Lucile D. Smith

Lucile D. Smith has played an influential role for the women at LIS by shaping the foundation of our company as well as leaving a lasting impact on the surveying industry. Not only was she co-founder and President of LIS, but Lucile also became the first woman in Tennessee to pass the state exam and obtain her surveyor’s license. Throughout her career, Lucile led a male-dominated team in a male-dominated industry and introduced many of the procedures used in boundary surveys today.

As we commemorate International Women’s Day in 2024, please join LIS in celebrating the progress that has been made over the past century. By continuing to create a culture of inclusivity, breaking down barriers, and empowering women, we can help inspire inclusion for everyone. Our goal is to make every day an opportunity to celebrate and uplift the women who influence us and those who continue to shape the future.