Virginia W. Harris, MPA, CIA, CGFM

Virginia W. Harris, MPA, CIA, CGFM

Executive Director, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. & Chairman's Award for Leadership and Community Engagement Awardee

Dynamic, highly respected, public servant and community leader. All these words and more describe Virginia W. Harris. She retired from the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in July 2006, as County Auditor after 20 years of service. Other professional positions included Accounting Director & Financial Management Analyst, Gwinnett County, Audit Manager, State of Georgia, Comptroller, Governor’s Office – Women’s Services, State of Louisiana, Accountant, Sears Roebuck and Company, Southeastern Regional Office and Accountant with Arthur Young and Company (currently Ernst & Young - 1976 – 1982)

Virginia W. Harris is the Immediate Past President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Incorporated (October 2017 – September 2021). Virginia has consistently demonstrated her leadership abilities through successfully serving at both the national and local chapter levels for the past 30 years.

Virginia serves on the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Federal Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC), Dekalb County Charter Review Commission, Albany State University Foundation Board of Trustee; the Historical Ebenezer Women Ministry Council, and the Ladies Usher Board. Virginia held the following positions at the national, regional, state of Georgia and local levels, Georgia DOL-Youth Motivation Task Force Program; Gwinnett-Rockdale-Newton Community Service Board, National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), Gwinnett Chapter, American Red Cross, and the Southern Education Foundation.

Virginia is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, The Links Incorporated, The Continental Societies Incorporated and Top Ladies of Distinction, Incorporated. A member ofthe National Urban League’s BEEP-Program, lecturing at Historical Black Colleges and Universities. Her stellar work and staunch commitment have earned her numerous national, regional, state, and local awards.

Educationally, President Harris holds a Master of Public Administration degree, Bachelor of Business Administration degree, is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Government Financial Manager. She is a graduate of Georgia’s Regional Leadership Institute, Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Gwinnett, and Harvard University Non-Profit Leadership Program.

Virginia resides in Metropolitan Atlanta; She has two adult children, Mark and Veketa, three grandsons; Joshua, Andrew, and Ethan, and two granddaughters, Hannah, and Ava. Virginia enjoys traveling, reading, tennis and is learning to play golf.

All Sessions by Virginia W. Harris, MPA, CIA, CGFM

Friday June 17, 2022
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Women of Influence: Challenges in Leadership from African American Women’s Perspective

Regency 3

Overview: “One of the greatest challenges of leadership is shouldering the responsibility it confers. Part of that responsibility is the responsibility to deal with those aspects of yourself that can keep you from being an effective leader." However, one must not only focus on within because there are aspects throughout society that can also impact leaders. During this workshop, influential African American women will discuss the issues around the new laws surrounding voter suppression, reproductive health, abortion, and gender equality that have all challenged female leaders today.

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The 100 Black Tie Awards Gala

Great Hall 1-4