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Our Founder

Sarahlyn U. Phillips

In the year 2000, Sarahlyn U. Phillips turned her vision of assisting single working women

with children into a reality. She is the Founder and Chairman of a nonprofit organization

titled AWWIN, Inc. (Assisting Working Women In Need). AWWIN, Inc. is a nonprofit

501(C)(3)organization designed to assist single, working women and their children to better

their circumstances.

Born in Fort Pierce, Florida, Sarahlyn was also partially raised in Savannah, Georgia after

moving to Savannah in 1969. She attended public school in Florida and Georgia and Ms

Phillips is a graduate of Savannah Technical College. She is the daughter of the late Robert

Young and Mrs. Catherine Sneed, who resides in Springfield, Georgia.

Sarahlyn is the wife of Mr. Howard W Phillips of Springfield, Georgia and she is the mother

of five lovely, adult daughters: Dayavona (Day), Daysha, Catherine, Katie and Daveeda. She

is also the grandmother of eight and one great granddaughter.

Sarahlyn’s vision regarding the plight of single working women has been central to the

success of AWWIN, Inc. She is actively involved in the key management and strategic

decision making of AWWIN including, but not limited to the business/venue operations,

administration, educational programming, organizational development, infrastructure

design and execution, grant writing, risk management, policy making and public and

community relations.

Under Sarahlyn’s leadership, the mission of AWWIN has been to deliver a full continuum of

support services to single working women and their children who are economically

disadvantaged by providing an array of services that build self-reliance and foster personal,

educational and professional achievement.

As the founder of AWWIN, Inc., Sarahlyn also consults with other business owners on the

ABC’s of starting a business as well as the ABC’s of whom God has made them to be. She has

been very instrumental in assisting others in reaching their goals and becoming the person

God placed inside of them.

Sarahlyn started AWWIN, Inc. while she was employed by L’Oreal USA (formerly Carson

Products) as the EDI Coordinator. In seven and a half years, she received four promotions.

She was promoted from making a wage of $8.00 an hour as a temporary worker to a

salaried position making over $60,000.00 a year. It was during her employment at L’Oreal

USA, (in August of 2000) where she received the vision, strategy, resources and support to

start AWWIN, Inc. Driven by self-determination and God, Sarahlyn went on to offer services

and opportunities that were given to her, to many of the women she serves through


Sarahlyn has been featured in various local news segments such as the Hometown Hero with WTOC, the Champion of Change with WJCL, the Savannah Morning News, South Magazine and Skirt Magazine. The Savannah Herald and Savannah Tribune have done various articles about Sarahlyn and AWWIN, along with other local news entities. She was the first recipient of The Spirit of Excellence Black Business Awards as The 2002 Unstoppable Woman. Sarahlyn was also honored as one of the Savannah Technical Foundation Community Stars in 2008 and was named the Savannah, Georgia Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Recipient in 2009. Ms Phillips was honored as one of four women for the 2012 Savannah Chapter Girl Scout Women of Distinction and The Savannah Chapter National Council of Negro Women 2012 Women of Honor. She was also honored as one of three as the Inaugural Savannah State Trailblazer Honoree. On Sunday, December 22, 2013 Sarahlyn was licensed as an Ordained Minister.

Sarahlyn is one that dreams the impossible and makes it happen. She is a visionary for people; and in her looking, she envisions in them things pertaining to the causes AWWIN. She recognizes that AWWIN involves more than the single struggling mother, but working women in general. So one night she was watching TV and wow, there it was! While watching Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball, Sarahlyn realized working women in the city of Savannah, Georgia needed to be honored for all of their hard work and accomplishments. She incorporated the Savannah Top Ten Working Women of The Year Awards in 2006 at the AWWIN Annual Gala and Silent Auction. After two years of hosting the awards ceremony, Sarahlyn knew that it was bigger than Savannah. Therefore, it is now the AWWIN Top Ten Working Women of The Year Awards. The first recipient of the award (outside of Savannah) was Ms. Charcia Nichols of Atlanta, Georgia. She was the 2008 Education Honoree. Through the vision of Sarahlyn, AWWIN has published its first book entitled, Secrets of the Woman in the Suit (Changing Lives One Woman At Time) featuring Sarahlyn and some of the AWWIN Top Ten Working Women of the Year Honorees.

She enjoys public speaking, motivating others and spending time with her family and friends. She serves in the Ministry and is working on her biography.