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TrailblazHers: Anna Slive Harwood

Anna Slive Harwood,  Executive Director Mike Slive Foundation

Anna’s position as Executive Director of the Mike Slive Foundation marries her background and experience with college sports and her love and respect for her father, former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

Appointed in 2019 as the Foundation’s first Executive Director, Anna serves with an incredible Board of Directors growing this foundation to become the global leader in the fight to eradicate prostate cancer.

 She transitioned most recently from her role as vice president at the Colonnade Group where she oversaw development, sales, and marketing. She also served as the board president of the Mike Slive Foundation, helping to run the day-to-day operations. Prior to that, she was a director of marketing at IMG College. In 2007, she served as the executive director of the Atlanta Local Organizing Committee for the Division I NCAA Men’s Final Four. A job with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association brought her to Atlanta in 2004 after she completed her master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts.

 Anna’s corporate experience includes marketing and advertising at both Arthur Andersen and Leo Burnett in Chicago. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. In her free time, Anna loves to cook, travel, and spend time with her husband, Judd Harwood, and their daughter, Abigail Slive Harwood.

Best Advice: My late father, Mike Slive, gave me some of the best advice that I still use today. “Treat everyone with the same kindness and respect regardless of their position in life or what they can do for you. Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.”

Greatest Influence: I recently lost my mother, and next month will be the five-year anniversary of my father’s passing. My parents were one of the biggest influences in my life. Mark Twain once said “My father was an amazing man. The older I got, the smarter he got.” I always loved that quote, and it certainly applies to me. My parents both lived the golden rule, treating others as they wanted to be treated. They taught me the power of kindness, generosity, love and respect.

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