Women’s Philanthropy Board Winter Workshop to feature Alabama entrepreneur

AUBURN – The woman who has successfully expanded her alterations business into six locations throughout the Southeast and will make the wedding gown for Auburn University’s first “War Eagle Wedding” will be the featured speaker for the Women’s Philanthropy Board 2012 Winter Workshop, Expo and Luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 31, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Sieu Tang Wood was born in Vietnam, moved to Laos as a child and came to America with her sister, two suitcases, $300 and a dream. With one sewing machine, the sisters established a small alterations business at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. The business achieved such success the family was able to move to the continental United States.

It was 1985 when Wood came to Alabama and began doing alterations at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. Today, she operates six shops in military installations throughout the Southeast.

Wood has been a successful clothing designer as well. She has created outfits for former Alabama First Lady Patsy Riley and will be making the bridal gown for Auburn’s first War Eagle Wedding in May. The dress will be designed by one of three students in the Department of Consumer Affairs in the College of Human Sciences.

Wood is a member of the Department of Consumer Affairs Apparel Advisory Board and a Women’s Philanthropy Board benefactor. She has served on the boards of the Montgomery Area Council on Aging, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and the Girl Scouts of Central Alabama.

In 2008, the National Federation of Independent Business named Wood the Solveras/NFIB Small Business Champion of Alabama. Her philanthropic support of the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation helped to establish the first fully-endowed NFIB scholarship.

Wood credits hard work and determination to the success she has had and says, “If I hadn’t experienced thunderstorms, I wouldn’t realize the sunrise is so beautiful.” She is married to Auburn alumnus, Bill Wood. They live in Wetumpka.

Women’s Philanthropy Board Corporate partners and grantors, the Alabama Power Company; Kiplinger; Dubberly, Dean and Associates-Merrill Lynch; Moore Wealth Management; BB&T Wealth Management; Wilson, Price, Barranco, Blankenship & Billingsley, P.C.; Charlotte Gaston Interiors; Gallery One Fine Art Inc.; The Hotel at Auburn University; Auburn University Outreach; The Flower Store; Sykel Enterprises; Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama; and Community Service Grants from Alabama State Rep. Mike Hubbard have helped underwrite the event.

Registration for the luncheon is $40. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $400.

The Winter Workshop, “Stepping Up and Making a Difference through Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. with speakers Patricia Barnes, founder of Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls and a WPB benefactor; Reita Clanton, Olympian and Auburn alumna; and Maxine Burton, president and founder of burton + BURTON.

Seating is limited and early registration is recommended by Jan. 23. Registration can be completed online at www.humsci.auburn.edu/wpb, or by contacting the WPB Office at (334) 844-3524 or wpbchs1@auburn.edu. Make checks payable to Auburn University WPB and mail to AU College of Human Sciences, Women’s Philanthropy Board, 210 Spidle Hall, Auburn, AL 36849.

Contact: Sidney James Nakhjavan, Women’s Philanthropy Board, (334) 844-9199 (jamessp@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)