Monday, February 21, 2011

Meet Brenda Hackney - Woman of Distinction 2011

Brenda Hackney lives the Girl Scouts mission every day by making her community a better place as she builds up the community in the business and civic arenas. As president of The Hackney Foundation, she manages investments and distribution of the funds for the family’s charitable foundation which benefits many organizations. She was responsible for the YWCA Capital Campaign that raised 14.5 million dollars.

Hackney supports several organizations in the community. She serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA, Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind Foundation (AIDB), Lakeshore Foundation and St. Vincent’s Foundation. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Samford University as well as its Business School Advisory Board and is a committee chair for the Rotary Club of Birmingham. Brenda co-chaired the YWCA Purse & Passion Luncheon is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham. She also served on the United Way Planned Giving Committee and was part of MOMENTUM.

Hackney was awarded with the Humanitarian Award from The Arthritis Foundation and received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Southern Women’s Committee. She was the first and only female chair of the Lakeshore Foundation and AIDB. Over my years of volunteer service in this wonderful community, I have worked with many great organizations.

“I am very proud of the fact that I was elected chair of two foundations, and even prouder that I was the first woman to serve in this capacity,” says Hackney. “Girl Scouting prepares girls and young women for leadership positions such as these.”

Hackney received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Samford University, and is also a Certified Life Underwriter and holds the ChFC designation. Hackney’s involvement throughout the community helps display her generosity of spirit and her passion for making Birmingham a better place to live.

Hackney will be honored at the Central Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon on March 4. You can purchase tickets online at