The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Debrina Williams, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
As head of the Hatfield McCoy CVB and the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Debrina Williams is a mover and shaker who connects people in her community. Networking drives business, she says, and her initiatives include the Logan Leadership Program, an eight-month mentorship program connecting business professionals.
Williams aims to help and serve in all parts of her life. From her family business, Mountain Brook & Company Lodging, which caters to Hatfield-McCoy Trail riders, to the boards she contributes time to, including the National Coal Heritage Authority & WSAZ Children’s Charities, helping others is what motivates her.
The art of listening is often forgotten in our fast-paced world, says Williams, who loves an engaging conversation. “If you are willing to take the time to engage in a conversation with a highly imaginative 3-year old or hear the memories of an 87-year-old, you can glean great insight into life.” She remembers her mom, a wise woman, often repeating the observation that people will not always remember what you had to say, but they will remember how you made them feel. “I always want others to recognize that people in West Virginia offer genuine hospitality to those who visit our state. It is an incredible place to live and visit.”