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Center for Women names Zoe Hicks an "Unsung Heroine"

Photo by Ginny Sampson

Photo by Ginny Sampson

Oxford College's Zoe Hicks has been named the 2011 Alumnae Unsung Heroine by the Center for Women at Emory.

The Unsung Heroine Awards are given annually by CWE to honor women who have "demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues that affect women at Emory or in the larger community, but whose efforts heretofore have not received accolades or formal recognition."

Hicks, who currently serves as chair of the Oxford College Board of Counselors, is an attorney with Hicks and Hicks, an Atlanta firm specializing in estates and trusts, tax-exempt organizations and charitable tax planning. She lectures widely on estate planning and charitable giving and is the author of The Women's Estate Planning Guide.

Hicks is also the author of three books on inspiration and faith -- "Dream Catcher," "The Power of Faith" and "Abundant Living" -- as well as numerous articles. She and her husband, Charles F. (Smoky) Hicks, established Encouragement Unlimited, a foundation with a mission to empower, equip and encourage marginalized women to overcome and succeed.

She is a member of the Emory Gift Planning Advisory Council and the North Georgia United Methodist Foundation Board; an advisory board member of Action Ministries, Breakthrough House, the Women's Resource Center of DeKalb County and the National Museum of Patriotism; and a founding faculty member of the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies. She has served as chair of the Fiduciary Law Section State Bar of Georgia, president of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Federal Tax Conference, president of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She also served as president of the Georgia Planned Giving Council, which awarded her its Greater Good Award in 2008.

Other recipients of the Unsung Heroines Award include undergraduate student Massiel Ramos, graduate student Joelle Rosser, graduate student Bridget Spelke, staff member Aline Rafi, faculty member Leslie Harris, administrator Claire Sterk and retiree Ali P. Crown. The CWE will present the awards at a reception in Miller-Ward Alumni House on Feb. 24.