Dean Love Named Among Atlanta’s ‘Women of Influence’

November 1, 2023

Dean Jan Love with Emory shield in the background

Candler Dean Jan Love has been recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of 2023’s “Women of Influence,” women who have made notable strides in their careers and impact in their communities. One of 20 individuals chosen from a pool of 200 nominees, Love was selected in recognition of her 40+ years of promoting human flourishing through influential leadership in church and higher education arenas.

Women of Influence honorees were recognized during a banquet on October 19 where each award recipient gave brief remarks on one of the following: something they wished they had known at the start of their career, advice for the next generation of female leaders, or a story of overcoming an obstacle.

After thanking Emory President Gregory L. Fenves for nominating her for the award, Provost Ravi Bellamkonda for offering her day-to-day support in her work at Emory, and others, Love offered her advice to the next generation of women leaders:

“I don’t know any woman who hasn’t experienced a significant amount of hardship in her life. In fact, I don’t know any human being who hasn’t had hardship in their life. I have been privileged and blessed with family and friends who have always surrounded me with grace, love, and remarkable support when I went through hardship, and they shone a light for me towards recovery, healing, and wholeness. I hope that the next generation of women will be that beacon of grace and love and support and shine a light on a path to recovery for all the women—in fact, for all the people—who experience hardship.”

We are thankful for Dean Love’s excellent leadership of Candler across the past 17 years, and we’re excited to celebrate this well-deserved honor with her. Congratulations, Dean Love!

Read a related short interview with Dean Love in the Atlanta Business Chronicle here: