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Thank you for joining us as we honored three women who, through their ingenuity and perseverance, have changed the rules of the game and are role models for our next G.I.R.L. generation. We were thrilled our inaugural event was sold out!

For more information, please contact Desirae Cardiel: or (770) 702-9291

One Smart Cookie Honorees

Carol Aebersold - Founder | CCA & B, LLC and Author of The Elf on the Shelf®
Carol Aebersold is the award-winning co-author of The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. At Creatively Classic Activities and Books, the publishing house she co-founded, Aebersold is an active partner, and has subsequently been named a Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Chanda Bell - Founder and Co-CEO | CCA & B, LLC and Author of The Elf on the Shelf®
Chanda Bell is the co-author of the acclaimed The Elf on the Shelf® series and the co-CEO of the books’ publishing company, Creatively Classic Activities and Books (CCA and B, LLC). As the company’s creative force, Bell is credited with expanding the company’s line with new titles each year.

Christa Pitts - Founder and Co-CEO | CCA and B, LLC
Christa Pitts is the co-CEO of Creatively Classic Activities and Books, the publishing company behind the best-selling Christmas classic The Elf on the Shelf®. Pitts guides the strategic business vision of the company and oversees the operational side of the company, which includes sourcing, production and sales strategy.

One Smart Cookie Luncheon Chair

Lauri Strauss - President, Atlanta Press Club
Lauri manages the day-to-day operations of the Atlanta Press Club, including the organization’s budget, fundraising events, educational programs, sponsorships and board development.

Lauri has a degree in broadcast journalism. She started her career as an associate producer at the local NBC-TV affiliate in Tucson, Arizona, before moving to Atlanta in the ‘90s to work in the CNN newsroom. Lauri also worked for The Coca-Cola Company in its public and media relations department and was an area manager with the American Cancer Society. She is on the board of the Agape Youth & Family Center, volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and the Ferst Foundation. She is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta and is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta class of 2015.