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How to Enter the 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business in Just a Few Minutes

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

We know, summer's almost over and you're getting back into the swing of things. Whatever the reason, you didn't get around to submitting entries to this year's Stevie Awards for Women in Business. But you've gotten a reprieve. We have some tips on how you can submit your nominations in as little time as possible. 

The last day final entries wil be accepted is Wednesday, September 20.

If your women-owned organization deserves to be recognized, surely you can find 10 free minutes. Because in 10 minutes you can prepare and submit an entry to the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and potentially win a Stevie®, one of the most coveted trophies on the planet.

Here are a number of ways you can do that:

Repurpose Nominations From Other Awards Programs
The submission requirements are fairly open-ended, and there's a wide variety of categories to choose from. If you've entered any other awards programs this year, simply repurpose the nominations you wrote for those competitions, as long as they qualify as being run by women. Most categories require only the submission of an essay of up to 525 words and an optional collection of supporting files and web addresses to support your entry and provide more background information.

15612704297_089ea1f912_k.jpgRepurpose Your Press Releases and White Papers
It's likely you've already done the heavy-lifting of describing your organization's achievements, your innovations, your new products and services, your marketing and PR campaigns, etc. Throughout the year you've been trumpeting your successes through press releases and white papers. Simply comb through your output over the past year and cobble together the text you've already written into a short essay. Note that the 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business will recognize your achievements since the middle of 2016.

Repurpose Your Press Clippings
With every nomination you have the option to attach any number of press clippings, work samples, video clips, photographs, etc. to your essay, to help paint the picture for the judges. Does one or more of your press clippings feature a compelling story that can be the basis of the essay for your Stevie Awards for Women in Business nomination? There's no need to reinvent the wheel if it already exists and you can reuse it.

Hire a Consultant
Did you know that there are a number of consultancies that specialize in preparing and submitting awards nominations on behalf of their clients? There are quite a few in the U.S.A., and internationally and they've been remarkably successful over the years in winning Stevie Awards for their clients. Contact us if you'd like a referral to one of them who can take the process of getting entries into the Stevie Awards for Women in Business off your hands this week.

Submit Media Work
Sometimes you hope to win a Stevie for a specific reason - for a major achievement, or a member of your team - but you can also win a Stevie Award for specific media work. If that's the case, take a look at the categories for videos, apps, websites, publications, and live events. It's really easy to enter these categories. These categories generally require only a short essay of up to 200 words, describing the nominated work's purpose and results to date, and the nominated video or app, etc., itself.

Resubmit a Nomination From Another Stevie Awards Program
Did you have success with a nomination in the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, or The American Business Awards? One Stevie Awards competition has nothing to do with another, and resubmitting a nomination from one program to this year's Stevie Awards for Women in Business is a valid strategy followed by many organizations.

Contact Us for Help
You'll save a lot of time by letting us do some of the important work for you. We'll save you the trouble of plowing through our category lists to find the category that's right for you, for example. Contact us, by email at help@stevieawards or telephone at +1 703-547-8389. Tell us what your organization wants to be recognized for, and we'll suggest the best category for your nomination.

Whichever strategy you choose to get your nominations written and submitted this week, do get them submitted by the final entry deadline of Wednesday, September 20.

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A New Tool to Combat Violence Against Women: Crowdsourcing

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 02:09 PM

For years, ElsaMarie D’Silva kept the incident a secret. She was travelling with her mother and siblings on a crowded train in Mumbai when she felt a stranger grope her pelvic area.

Yet the girl, just 13 years of age at the time, had no way of getting help. She couldn’t scream amid the cacophony of sounds in the train compartment. She couldn’t even raise her arms to bat the man away, since they were pressed down against a sea of fellow travelers.

The assault put an indelible scar on D’Silva. In the years that followed, she’d avoid city trains whenever possible, opting for more time-consuming routes to reach her destination.

And yet, like many victims of sexual assault, she didn’t feel comfortable telling anyone. “I filed it at the back of my mind and moved on with life in the best way I knew how to,” she explained during a 2015 Ted Talk.

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That is, until a particularly horrifying event shook the country of India ‒ and the rest of the globe ‒ in 2012. It was then that a 23-year-old physical therapy student from Delhi, accompanied by a male friend, was so brutally raped by a group of young assailants that she later died from her injuries.

By then a 20-year veteran of the aviation industry, D’Silva knew she couldn’t remain quiet about her own story any longer. She decided to use the very tool that helped her coordinate 500 flights each day as an airline executive to help combat the problem of sexual assault in India: data.

Her solution was an app called Safecity, which allows women and young girls to report incidents of everything from rape to indecent exposure and unwanted picture-taking. It also provided a comments section where females can share their stories of violence and provide mutual support.

The data, she says, can help law enforcement officials and community leaders to focus on “hotspots” where this type of behavior seems to emanate. And, crucially, it also helps hold law enforcement accountable if those problem areas aren’t addressed. “My challenge with SafeCity is to actually get people to question the status quo,” D’Silva told her Ted Talk audience.

D’Silva has already garnered numerous plaudits for her venture, including the 2016 Gold Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year. More importantly, the company she founded is making a big impact throughout some of India’s most populated cities.

The 2017 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the top awards for women entrepreneurs, executives, and employees around the world, opens for entries on May 22. Request the entry kit here.

In Mumbai, for example, local police have altered their patrols to counteract hotspots. And in Delhi, city leaders have increased the availability of public restrooms, alleviating the opportunity for predators to abuse women who otherwise had no choice but to relieve themselves outdoors.

The technology is also making it possible to confront problems in more novel ways. For instance, crowdsourced data revealed a tea stall in Delhi where men would loiter and stare in an intimidating fashion at girls as they passed by.

Once that trend became known, a community group hired a local artist to paint a mural outside the tea stand featuring eyes that glare back at the male customers. It has a sign that, in translation, reads “Look with your heart and not with your eyes.” As a result, D’Silva says, the menacing behavior has been significantly reduced.

Because of stories like the horrific incident in 2012, India has developed an outsized reputation for sexual violence. But D’Silva says it’s important to realize that there’s actually a much wider phenomenon that needs to be addressed globally.  She uses a startling statistic from UN Women to make her point: 1 in 3 females, the organization finds, will encounter some type of sexual assault in their lifetime.

Indeed, the market for Safecity has grown beyond India’s borders to countries like Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal. The company is even getting reports from western cities like New York and London. In total, it’s gathered information on more than 10,000 incidents of sexual assault and intimidation.

The more the tool spreads, the closer D’Silva believes cities will get to achieving true gender equality. “We need to create a world where every girl can walk down the street without fear of being intimidated and where every woman has an equal opportunity to a quality life,” she said.

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Empowering Baby Boomer Women, from a Stevie Awards Winner

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

Fabulous@50, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, won the Gold Stevie Award for Event of the Year in the Media Awards categories of the 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The final deadline for the 2015 Stevie Awards for Women is September 23.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Although extremely busy with her next event this November, Fabulous@50’s founder, Dianna Bowes, was able to spare a few minutes to talk with us about winning awards, her plans for the future, and her next big event, the Fabulous@50 Experience & Martini Party.

1509FabulousThe Fabulous@50 Experience and Martini Party takes place the first Saturday of November every year at the River Cree Entertainment Facility in Edmonton, Alberta. It is a celebration for women, age 40-plus, and their circle of influence. The event brings women of a similar age together to have fun, and to be inspired with a little education from inspirational speakers and great exhibitors.

Expanding Into New Communities
Dianna has big plans for the future of her event. My plan for Fabulous@50 is to continue to grow in other communities by engaging heart-centered women to join the ranks as licensees and build their own Fabulous@50 community,” she told us. “As well as growing readership of the E-Magazine and online membership, Fabulous@50 will always be about supporting women by bringing them great information and friendship.”

Gaining Credibility
Dianna also won a Bronze Stevie for Women Helping Women - Business/Business Services & Diversified Services in the Individual Awards categories of the 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Winning not just one but two Stevie Awards in 2014 was the icing on the cake,” she observed. “It benefited my company by giving us credibility for the hard work we put into developing a great event. And it also supported us in the development of our sponsors and the attraction of exhibitors.”

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business helps build awareness for our events because of the incredible women involved and nominated for these awards,” added Dianna. “I feel so honored to be a winner of such a prestigious award.”

Growing Every Year
The purpose of the Fabulous@50 Experience is to inspire, educate, and empower women over 40. It is an event that brings together products, services, and speakers that are picked specifically for their demographic. “The 2015 event will be our 7th event, and growth every year has been incredible,” commented Dianne. “From bringing one friend in the first few years, groups have grown to 6 and then 12. Plus companies are providing their female employees with tickets to support their growth and connection. This event is looked forward to by many every year.”

Sponsorship and Support
Fabulous@50 is sponsored by local businesses, and it supports local charities such as the YWCA and Suit Yourself. Helping others is a foundation of Fabulous@50, and members get involved in everything from preparing Christmas gift shoeboxes for inner city kids to organizing an elegant charity auction. The group’s charity of record, Suit Yourself, is an organization that helps women dress for success as they enter or re-enter the working world.

Building a Community
Dianna is looking forward to this November’s event. “I am inspired when I see the ladies enter our events with openness to new experiences,” she explained. “At our November tradeshow, we see ladies who came a few years ago with one friend and are now are making it an annual event for a large group of friends and family of all ages. For me, it is all about the relationships and the building of a community of amazing women.”

About Dianna Bowes:
Dianna Bowes’ vision was not only to change her life, but also to transform others’. As founder of Fabulous@50, a network for women in and around their 50s, Dianna is a guiding light to thousands of women who are members, who come to her events, and who read the Be Fabulous! Magazine.

Following the break-up of her own marriage, and serious spinal surgery, Dianna took a good, hard look at her life and decided it needed a major make-over. Although pain, poverty, and life as a single mother are not the routes many would choose, they were a catalyst for Dianna. She decided her path to self-fulfillment could be inspiring for others. She retrained as a personal life coach and formed a company called Creative On The Move that offered an eclectic mix of graphic design services, event planning, and life coaching.

In 2008, she expanded her outreach by forming Fabulous@50. Her vision is to inspire, educate, and empower women in midlife by bringing them together virtually and in person to network, share, care, and grow. Suit Yourself named Dianna Bowes and Fabulous@50 as their Top Fundraiser in 2011, and Dianna received further accolades when she was named a 2011 YWCA Woman of Distinction in the “Turning Point” category.

About Fabulous@50:
Fabulous@50 is an organization that empowers, educates, and inspires baby boomer women through events, magazines, and an online and offline membership. Founded in 2008 by Dianna Bowes, this vibrant organization is growing at a steady rate and is licensing the business plan to women leaders in other communities. Fabulous@50 is an organization based on the concept of growth through relationships. For more information, go to www.fabulousat50.com/

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Stevie Awards for Women in Business New Entry Kit Brochure Now Available

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

The 12th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business is now accepting entries. All female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run, worldwide, are eligible to be nominated.

A new feature for this year's competition is an Entry Kit Brochure. The PDF brochure details all the information you need to submit nominations.

SAWIB15_EntryKit_300x600Banner1The Stevie Awards for Women in Business Entry Kit Brochure includes:

  • A letter from the President and Founder of the Stevie Awards, Michael Gallagher
  • The 2015 Program Calendar
  • What Past Stevie Winners Have to Say About Their Award
  • Information About Judging
  • The Top 5 Awards
  • How to Submit Entries
  • Entry Fee Information
  • List of Awards Categories

The program will be especially useful to those who are new to submitting entries to the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. In just a few short minutes of browsing the Entry Kit Brochure, you will find out which categories best suit your organization and how to submit entries.

Get the Entry Kit Brochure now:

The Entry Kit Brochure is not a replacement for the Webpage Version of the entry kit. The Brochure Entry Kit instructs you how to submit entries through the Webpage entry kit.

How to Submit Your Entries

After you have chosen your categories and prepared your entries according to the requirements per category, do the following:

  1. Visit the website at www.StevieAwards.com/Women and click on the ‘ENTER’ button on the top navigation bar.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete the registration form for your organization, which will create your entry-submission account.
  3. Within your entry-submission account, choose the first category you want to enter, and complete the entry form for that category.
  4. Repeat the process as necessary for additional entries.
  5. When you’ve created all of your entries, select all of them and click ‘SUBMIT SELECTED NOMINATIONS’ to begin the submission process.
  6. Review and agree to the Terms and Conditions of Entry, and choose to pay your entry fees by credit card, bank check, or wire transfer.

There's also a webpage version of the entry kit available to you.

The early-bird entry deadline, offering reduced entry fees, is July 22. The final entry deadline is August 26, and late entries will be accepted through September 23 with payment of a late fee. Winners of the 12th annual competition will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on November 13, 2015.  Attendance is not required to win.

This year the Stevie Awards for Women in Business will honor women in more than 85 categories including, among others, Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Maverick of the Year, Mentor or Coach of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Employee of the Year and Most Innovative Company of the Year.

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An Update on the Remarkable Achievements of a Women Awards Winner

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

Nearly 10 years ago, Mariah Fenton Gladis, a professional psychotherapist in the state of Pennsylvania in the U.S.A., won the Stevie Award for Lifetime Achievement in the 2006 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Here we take a look at her life and what she is continuing to achieve.

The 2015 (12th Annual) Stevie Awards for Women in Business will open for entries on May 11. Request an Entry Kit here and it will be emailed to you when entries open..

1504GladisforBlogIn accepting her 2006 Stevie Award, Mariah Fenton Gladis said: "I’m honored to be recognized among a group of such remarkable women. We, as women leaders in the emerging global community, have the responsibility and the privilege of instilling both passion and compassion in the workplace and the world.”

Mariah is herself truly remarkable. She is a 34-year survivor of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), and has recently given an inspirational TIM Talk (Together In Mission). This TED-like talk series, sponsored by the Lutheran Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, is an event with multiple speakers about the best ideas they have for the future.

Creating Moments That Matter

Mariah chose the topic “Creating Moments That Matter,” talking about the power that moments large or small, spontaneous or planned, can have in your life. Moments that can transform, connect, elevate, and sometimes heal. Mariah believes that as moment makers and receivers, we all have the opportunity to make positive changes in the lives of others and ourselves. During her talk, Mariah is also self-revealing of some moments that have changed her life. Here is a link to her talk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4RaJEQrJHE

Strength of Spirit

In 1981, when Mariah was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), three prominent national neurologists gave her a 10% chance of surviving two years. Yet, three months after the diagnosis, she married Ron Gladis and went on to have two children: Luke, a graduate of James Madison University; and Cole, a graduate of Ithaca College. Today, Mariah continues to be a loving wife, a doting mother, and a licensed professional psychotherapist in the state of Pennsylvania. Her courage to continually go forward with grace and determination demonstrates the very nature of her character and the amazing survival capacity of the human spirit.

After nearly 35 years, ALS has ravaged Mariah’s body. She needs help waking, walking, dressing, eating, and multitudes of other personal chores. Her tongue muscles have atrophied and she speaks with what she calls her “ALS accent.” Wearing a special speech-enhancing microphone to enhance the articulation and projection of her voice, Mariah often tells her audiences, with characteristic humor, that she gives new meaning to the term “high maintenance woman.”

A Privileged Position

None of this, however, diminishes her powerful presence and expert ability to do her work. In fact, Mariah acknowledges that it is her personal healing journey that has expanded and deepened her capacity to heal others.

“People often ask me how I do it, listening to people’s problems all day long for over 35 years, and not get burned out, drained or disheartened. I tell them that I don’t hear problems. I see people reaching for health; wanting to change, wanting to be better human beings, wanting to create happier families. I have been privileged to work with people from every continent and from all levels of life and I hear them wanting to love and be loved more effectively, wanting to remove the barriers in their life and provide more for their loved ones on every level, economically and emotionally. This is a privileged position that I have, sharing so many heartwarming moments of laughter and tears with people working toward healing.”

Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation

Since it was formed in 2006, the Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation has funded special workshops: “An Afternoon of Forgiveness” is for anyone who needs to let go (check here for the next workshop); “Embracing Yourself into Wellness,” for cancer patients, offers the opportunity to create the necessary moments needed to move forward in wholeness and health; “Befriending Death/Transforming Life” explores the practical and psycho-spiritual preparations for death; and “Bless the Broken Road” presents an opportunity to experience physical or emotional heartbreak more as a gift, a resource to mine wisdom and compassion, than as an impediment to living a full life.

The Foundation has also supported needy students in life-skills training; provided private counseling for the underserved and financially destitute; given inspirational lectures on the value of hope and personal sustainability; and there is more to come. The Foundation wants to create more special workshops on self care, attract more of the served and underserved, give back more to the community—all with the concept of reaching inward and outward to provide more love, compassion, and forgiveness in the world.

Be An Agent Of Change

The goal of the Foundation is to empower people to master, monitor, accept, and enjoy their inner life as well as their life in the world. According to Mariah: “I believe that each of us is a powerful agent of change. As more people spread love, compassion, and forgiveness, the more we will create peace in our hearts, our families, our community, our country, and ultimately peace in our world.”

A Remarkable and Inspirational Woman

“I am extremely proud of Mariah,” says husband, Ron Gladis, “especially considering she’s spent more than two-thirds of her business career with the life-threatening disease of ALS. Mariah is a truly remarkable and inspirational woman.”

Mariah’s son, Coleman, is making a documentary of her life. You can see a 3-minute trailer for the film “Mariah” at http://www.mariahmovie.com.

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Videos: Stevie Awards for Women in Business Presentations

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

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What were we thinking??!  With the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. and visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads, we forgot to announce that the video clips of the 2013 Stevie Awards for Women in Business presentations are available! 

Watch the videos here.

The 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business were presented in New York on Friday, November 8.   More than 400 women and their guests from around the world gathered to recognize the achievements of amazing women entrepreneurs, executives, and employees who won this year's Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards.  See the complete list of winners here.

What will you learn by watching these videos?  You'll learn that

1. Some women are able to tell their whole life stories in under 30 seconds

2. Women give much better speeches than men do

3. Winning a Stevie Award can be a transformative experience for many people

Next year's Stevie Awards for Women in Business will open for entries in May.  Join the mailing list so that you receive the entry kit as soon as it's available.  The program features executive awards categories, entrepreneur awards categories, marketing awards categories, PR awards categories, website awards categories, new product awards categories, and more.  All women and women-run or -owned organizations worldwide are eligible to be nominated.

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Stevie® Awards for Women in Business Announce Winners in 10th Annual Competition

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 08:59 AM

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Shining a spotlight on women executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations run by women, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business announced the results of its 2013 competition on Friday, November 8.

2013 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition produced by the creators of the prestigious International Business Awards and American Business Awards. The Stevie is widely considered to be the world’s premier business award.

With more than 400 businesswomen and their guests in attendance, the awards were announced at a gala dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  Nations represented at the event include Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.A.  The presentations were broadcast live across the U.S.A. by the Business TalkRadio Network.

More than 1,200 nominations from organizations and individuals in 16 nations were submitted to the awards this year for consideration in categories including Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, and Best New Company of the Year, among others.  More than 240 professionals around the world participated in the judging process to determine the Finalists and then the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements.

For the first time, Grand Stevie Award trophies were presented to the five organizations that submitted the best body of entries to the competition, in their own names or in the names of one or more clients.  The Grand Stevie Award winners are, in descending order:

-          Melissa Sones Consulting, New York, NY U.S.A.

-          Accenture, Chicago, IL U.S.A.

-          Deborah Mitchell Heaven Health & Beauty Limited, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

-          VerticalResponse, San Francisco, CA U.S.A.

-          Child’s Play Communications, New York, NY U.S.A.

Notable Gold Stevie Award winners from this year’s competition include:

-          Karen Drexler, Founder and Executive Chair, CellScape Corp., Newark, CA U.S.A. - Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Consumer Services – Up to 2,500 Employees

-          Giovanna Pozzi, VP Business Development and Energy Management, RTR Rete Rinnovabile, Rome, Italy- Female Executive of the Year – Business Products – Less Than 2,500 Employees

-             Carolyn McCall, Founder & CEO, easyJet,  Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom - Female Executive of the Year in Europe, the Middle East & Africa

-          Frieda Caplan, Founder, Frieda's Inc., Los Alamitos, CA, U.S.A. – Lifetime Achievement

-          Jamila Suliman Khanji, Family Development Foundation, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates- Female Employee of the Year – Government or Non-Profit

-          Procontent Sp. z.o.o., Warsaw, Poland and their campaign on behalf of Saxo Bank Poland- Communications or PR Campaign of the Year - Reputation/Brand Management

-          RedBalloon, Sydney, Australia - Company of the Year – Consumer Products or Services

-          Women Presidents’ Organization, New York, NY U.S.A.- Organization of the Year – Government or Non-Profit

-          Eileen Martinson, CEO, Sparta Systems, Inc., Hamilton, NJ U.S.A. - Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Products – More Than 10 Employees

-          She Takes on the World Inc., Kitchener, ON, Canada- Website of the Year

-          Cenergy International, Houston, TX U.S.A.- Fastest Growing Company of the Year

-          Pivot Communications, Salt Lake City, UT U.S.A. - Management Team of the Year – 10 or Less Employees

The 2013 Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners reflect a diverse group of large and small organizations from around the globe. Organizations that won more than one Gold Stevie Award include Accenture, Child’s Play Communications, Final Salute Inc., CVS Caremark, FCi Federal, Influence and Co., Laserfiche, other, Pivot Communications, TalkSession, Inc., and VerticalResponse.

For a complete list of Stevie Award winners and more information, visit www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

Entries for the 2014 edition of the awards will open next May.  Join the mailing list to receive the entry kit by email as soon as it's available.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in five programs: The American Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

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Stevie Awards Winner and Judge Jessica Eaves Mathews Talks Winning, Judging, and Lawyering

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 01:54 PM

Jessica Eaves Mathews is CEO of Leverage a Lawyer LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA and chaired the final judging committee for the Company/Organization categories of the 2013 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.  We talked to Jessica about judging, the law, and what motivates her day-to-day life.

Jessica Eaves Mathews was enthusiastic about the Stevies judging process.  “It was amazing to win several Stevie Awards last year, but an even greater honor to be asked to chair the final judging committee for the categories in which we were honored,” Jessica told us.

Jessica Eaves Mathews“It wasn’t until I did the judging this year that I realized how truly incredible it was that my company and I both won awards last year.  The caliber of companies and women who were Finalists in this year’s Women in Business Awards was staggering.  I found myself inspired to do more and make a bigger impact as a result of the work they are doing in the world.  What an accomplished, amazing group of women!”

Legal Advice

As the founder of Leverage a Lawyer, we couldn’t let Jessica go without asking for legal advice, specifically what working women should know about the law that could contribute to their success.

“I always say that addressing the legal foundation for your business makes a powerful and profound statement,” said Jessica.  “It is sending the message to the world that you are to be taken seriously, and it is honoring your hard work as a business owner or innovator.”

According to Jessica:  “Building a business without making sure your legal ducks are in a row is like building a house on sand.  It might looks nice for a while, but it isn’t sustainable.  Long-term and sustainable success requires attention to your legal foundation.  It is not something to be feared or avoided: it is something to embrace and celebrate.  Through Leverage a Lawyer and Leverage Legal Group, we have helped women business owners protect themselves and their companies for years, and we are very proud of that legacy.”

Winning Experience

Leverage A Lawyer was named New Company of the Year in the 2012 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and Jessica won the Silver Stevie for Female Entrepreneur of the Year-Business Services.  “Winning these Stevie Awards has been an incredible experience,” commented Jessica.  “It immediately gave us a national and international platform, and credibility in the marketplace. I know it has enabled us to grow as a business and a brand in ways we could not have done without the recognition.”

Travel Tips

Jessica travels a lot on business and tells us that the two business apps she can’t live without when on the road are Evernote, an app that helps you to remember everything across all your computers and devices; and Tripit, an all-in-one travel organizer.

Motivation and Inspiration

Finally, we asked Jessica what makes her hit the ground running in the morning.  Her response: “I know my why.  I know why I do what I do and for whom I do it, namely my little girl.  I have spent a lot of time getting clarity on my calling and what I am meant to do on this planet.  When you know your purpose, it is easy to jump out of bed each morning.”

Jessica’s two passions early in life were to become either a professional singer or an actor, but now Jessica wouldn’t change a thing. She has ended up doing exactly what she wants to be doing because she made some radical changes a few years ago that enabled her to follow her heart and her passion for the law.

Jessica concluded:  “I surround myself with incredible colleagues and friends who also are living their purpose.  It has been said that you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with, and I take that seriously.  By being in daily contact with people whom I admire and who inspire me, I can find motivation even on tough days.”

About Jessica Eaves Mathews
Jessica Eaves Mathews is America’s Advocate for Women in Business®, an award-winning entrepreneur, intellectual property and business lawyer, best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and leading authority on helping women entrepreneurs and executives step into their power and create a brilliant business, career and life on their own terms.

Jessica has spent her legal career representing all types of businesses, from solopreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Before launching her own firm, she was the head of litigation and compliance for Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft.   Jessica is the founder and CEO of Leverage Legal Group®, an intellectual property and business law firm.

Jessica is founder and CEO of several other companies, including Grace & Game® and Untoxicating Beauty®. She is an adjunct professor at University of New Mexico Law School, a member of the New Mexico Economic Development Council, co-founder and Chief Legal Officer for The Virtual Accelerator™, a virtual business accelerator for startups, and co-founder of Hautepreneurs™, the Premier Peer Network for New Mexico's Women Entrepreneurs.

About Leverage a Lawyer and Leverage Legal Group
Leverage Legal Group® is a global intellectual property and business law firm for the new economy. Jessica’s team of exceptional, experienced attorneys provides world-class, flat fee legal services, virtual general counsel and in-sourced legal services to companies of all sizes. The firm’s award-winning, entry-level program, Leverage-a-Lawyer®, provides budget-friendly, flat-fee legal services, information, and education for first-time business owners or start-ups who don’t yet have the budget for full-blown legal counsel.  For more information go to www.leveragelegalgroup.com and www.leverage-a-lawyer.com.

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Who's Coming to the Women in Business Awards This Friday?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Nov 04, 2013 @ 01:29 PM

The 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business will be held this coming Friday, November 8 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  The event is a complete sell-out - we're adding names to a waiting list for available tickets at this point.

SAWIB13 ProgramThese are the world's top honors for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.  Almost 400 women - and men - from around the world will gather this Friday evening to celebrate the Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in this year's Stevies for Women.  Winners were selected by the scores of more than 240 judges around the world.

A PDF of the program book that all awards dinner attendees will receive is now available - get it here.

So who's coming to this celebration of the achievements of women in the workplace worldwide?  Here's the list of organizations that have confirmed their attendance.

ACADEMI LLC McLean VA USA
Accenture  Chicago  IL USA
Acxiom Corporation Foster City CA USA
Advice Interactive Group McKinney TX USA
Agency marketing services public relations and media Siegburg Germany
Aio Wireless Alpharetta GA USA
AIReS Pittsburgh PA USA
ALOM Technologies  Fremont  CA
Amadeus  Miami  FL USA
ARIIX Bountiful UT USA
At Media  Philadelphia  PA USA
A-T Solutions  Vienna VA USA
AT&T Dallas TX USA
Babesta New York NY USA
Barclays Jersey City NJ USA
Barnum Financial Group Shelton CT USA
Bluegreen Vacations Boca Raton FL USA
Bounce Consulting Maryborough VIC Australia
Brain Power Enrichment Programs: Language Arts Thornhill ON Canada
BrightLine  New York  NY  USA
Business TalkRadio Network Greenwich CT USA
bytes of knowledge Nashville TN USA
CardioDx Inc. Palo Alto CA USA
Cascades Tissue Group  Candiac QC Canada
Cass and Company  Kennett Square PA USA
CellScape Corp.  Newark CA USA
Cenergy International  Houston  TX USA
CFS2  Tulsa  OK  USA
CGI Inc. Toronto ON Canada
Child's Play Communications New York NY USA
Citrus Lane Mountain View CA USA
Clayton Kendall Inc. Monroeville PA USA
CMI Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
CoachingLabs LLC / LeBootCamp Los Altos CA USA
Colombian American Chamber of Commerce  Miami  FL  USA
CommonKindness Sausalito CA USA
Cross Country Home Services Sunrise FL USA
CSOFT International  Bejing China
CSSS.NET  Washington  DC  USA
CVS Caremark  Woonsocket  RI USA
Deborah Mitchell Heaven Health & Beauty Ltd  Wolverhampton United Kingdom
DentaSpa Seminars N. Miami Beach FL USA
Designated Editor  Newport RI USA
EMC Corporation Hopkinton MA USA
Enterprise Community Partners Inc.  Columbia  MD  USA
ERA Environmental Management Solutions Belle Mina AL USA
Family Development Foundation Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
FCi Federal Leesburg VA USA
Final Salute Inc. Alexandria VA USA
Financial Voyages LLC Atlanta GA USA
Frank Frank Goldstein & Nager P.C. New York NY USA
Frieda's Inc.  Los Alamitos  CA  USA
gemaker Sutherland (Sydney) NSW Australia
Global Leaders in Law Beaconsfield United Kingdom
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas  Little Rock AR USA
GreyHawk Films  Charlotte  NC  USA
Happy Family Brands  New York  NY USA
Happy Family Brands New York NY USA
HIPA  Dubai  United Arab Emirates
Hitachi Data Systems Santa Clara CA USA
HMA Associates Inc. Washington DC USA
iAcquire  Phoenix  AZ  USA
ICE Worldwide Portsmouth NH USA
iFinance Canada Inc.  Toronto ON Canada
InfiniEDGE Software. Inc Prairieville LA USA
Inspired to Health  Weehawken NJ USA
Interakt  New York  NY USA
Isagenix International LLC. Chandler AZ USA
Joy Lynn Inc. Roswell GA USA
JUMP Technology Services Oklahoma City OK USA
KC Projects Birmingham AL USA
Kennedy Austin TX USA
Kristen White TV  St. Louis MO USA
Lab42 Chicago Illinois USA
Little PINK Book  Atlanta GA USA
Management Consultancy International Sydney NSW Australia
Marketing 24/7  Birmingham AL USA
Marketing Maven Public Relations Camarillo CA USA
Marnie Homes Bethany Beach DE USA
MBX Systems  Libertyville IL USA
Melissa Sones Consulting New York NY USA
Metso Mining and Construction York PA USA
MHL Consortium Sunnyvale CA USA
Motional Multimedia Kansas City MO USA
MQ Enterprise LLC Anacortes WA USA
MS Derm Consulting  Bangalore India
MTS Allstream  Toronto ON Canada
MWW East Rutherford NJ USA
Nathalie Lussier Media Inc. Brooklyn NY USA
National Center for Documentation & Research  Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates
NEI Global Relocation  Omaha NE USA
NetApp Vienna VA USA
Network9  New York NY USA
Neustar, Inc. Sterling VA USA
NJVC LLC Chantilly VA USA
One Legacy Pty Ltd Gold Coast QLD Australia
Ontario Systems Muncie IN USA
Optum  Eden Prairie  MN  USA
other London United Kingdom
Performics Chicago IL USA
Pink Elephant Burlington Ontario Canada
Pivot Communications Salt Lake City UT USA
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP  New York NY USA
Primrose Schools Acworth GA USA
Proforma Amplified Detroit MI USA
ProgenyHealth Plymouth Meeting PA USA
Prosperity Organic Foods Inc. Boise ID USA
Rebecca Jean Alonzi San Francisco CA USA
Rhea Lana Inc. Conway AR USA
RTR Rete Rinnovabile Rome Italy
Sage Environmental Services Inc. Seattle WA USA
Sandra L. Leyva Inc. Plano TX USA
She Takes on the World Inc. Kitchener ON Canada
SPARK Publications Charlotte NC USA
Sparta Systems Inc. Hamilton NJ USA
Spellbinders Paper Arts LLC Phoenix AZ USA
SPLICE Software  Calgary  AB  Canada
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. Phoenix AZ USA
Staff Management | SMX Chicago IL USA
Strategic Medical Orange County CA USA
Stratus Interactive  West Chester PA USA
sweetriot New York NY USA
TalkSession Inc. New York NY USA
Terri Bennett Enterprises Charlotte NC USA
The Assistance Fund  Inc.  Orlando  FL  USA
The Assistance Fund Inc. Orlando FL USA
The Avoca Group Princeton NJ USA
The Dr. Pat Show and The Transformation Network  Seattle WA USA
The S3 Agency Boonton NJ USA
The Suburban Jungle Realty Group Greenwich CT USA
The Thomas Collective  New York  NY  USA
The Volel Consulting Group  Washington  DC USA
Tobin Enterprises St. Thomas ON Canada
TravLynx, LLC  Hendersonville TN USA
Tugboat Brand & Business Development  Highwood IL USA
Utah Avalanche  Salt Lake City UT USA
Vaco Los Angeles  Los Angeles  CA  USA
Vantage PR San Francisco CA USA
Ventyx an ABB Company Atlanta GA USA
Verne Global Falls Church VA USA
VerticalResponse San Francisco CA USA
Visible Communication LLC Livonia MI USA
Wells Fargo Bank San Francisco CA USA
WhiteHat Security Santa Clara CA USA
Women Presidents' Organization  New York  NY USA
Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Boston MA USA
ZinePaak  New York NY USA

Join the mailing list for the 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business and you'll be emailed the entry kit as soon as it's available next May.

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The Final Judges of the 10th Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 11:35 AM

The awards dinner of the 2013 (10th annual) Stevie Awards for Women in Business, in New York on Friday, November 8, is sold out. Winners of the Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards will be announced that night in the world's top honors for women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the organizations they run.

SAWIB13 Program CoverThe Stevie Award placements were determined from among the finalists by 90 members of five final judging committees during online judging from October 14-23.  Their average scores determined the Stevie-winner placements.  (Finalists were determined by the average scores of 150 preliminary judges over six weeks starting in early September.)

We can't thank these great professionals enough for their help in determining this year's women in business awards winners.  Here are the members of the five final judging committees.

(One quick aside first.  If you'd like to apply to participate in the judging process for the 2014 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, apply here.)

Communications & Marketing Awards Categories Final Judging Committee       

Committee Chair
Ruwena Healy, CEO and President
Marketing 24/7, Inc.
Trussville, AL, United States

Beth Blake, Director of Operations, Enterprising Women, Cary, NC, United States
Carol Blanton, APR, Director of Communications, Mississippi Public Universities, Jackson, MS, United States
Kathleen Bouldin, Vice President, Digital Marketing, PrimsWorks, Inc., Landenberg, PA, United States
Deborah V. Bowie, CCE, IOM, Vice President, Chamber Development, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville, FL, United States
Annie Castellano, Chief Creative Officer, Switch: Liberate Your Brand, St Louis, MO, United States
Dale E Gerstenslager, Communications Manager, Doosan Heavy Industries Vietnam Co., Ltd, Quang Ngai, Vietnam
Alice M.Gordon, CEO & Executive Problem Solver, Skye Connect, Inc., Birmingham, AL, United States
Kristina Hendrix, APR, Internal Communications Strategist, Analytical Services, Inc. for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Madison, AL, United States
Karin Hopkins, Vice President of Communications, k2 MediaMax, Tuskagee, AL, United States
Rebecca Jones, Owner, bScene Marketing Solutions, Miami, FL, United States
Joanne Meredith, Senior Associate Director, Direct Response Marketing, Johns Hopkins University/Office of Annual Giving, Baltimore, MD, United States
Davie Rickey, APR, Senior Vice President-Communications, birminghambusinessalliance, The Chamber for Regional Prosperity, Birmingham, AL, United States
Monica Smiley, Publisher/CEO, Enterprising Women, Cary, NC, United States
Carla Spain, Communications Specialist, Patelco Credit Union, Pleasanton, CA, United States
Kim Stiglitz, Content Marketing Director, VerticalResponse, San Francisco, CA, United States
Dawn Walker, Executive Director of Internal Communications & Public Relations, Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Julia Zamorska, Communications Specialist, New York, NY, United States

Company/Organization & New Product Awards Categories Final Judging Committee

Committee Chair
Jessica Eaves Mathews, CEO
Leverage a Lawyer LLC
Albuquerque, NM, United States

Lisa Abeyta, Founder/CEO, APPCityLife, Inc., Albuquerque, NM, United States
Eline Altenburg-van den Broek, Director, Quid Novi Foundation, The Hague,  Netherlands
Susie Andrade, Managing Director, Channel Islands Skills Academy, St Peter Port, Guernsey, United Kingdom
Niamh Barker, Managing Director, The Travelwrap Company, New Milton, United Kingdom
Maureen Borzacchiello , CEO, Creative Display Solutions, Bensalem, PA, United States
Larry Broughton, CEO, broughtonHOTELS / BROUGHTONadvisory, Newport Beach, CA, United States
Phil Dyer, CEO, Dyer Financial Advisory, Baldwin, MD, United States
Kiyla Fenell, CEO, Fenell International LLC, Tulsa, OK, United States
Tina Forsyth, CEO, Automate Your Growth, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Linda Ginac, CEO, TalentGuard, Austin, TX, United States
Jennifer Longmore, CEO, Soul Journeys Corporation, Burlington, ON, Canada
Sizile Mabaso, Managing Director, SM Business, Sandton, South Africa
Scott Maloney, Chief Business Officer, Seed Worthy LLC, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Leith Mitchell, IBM Growth Markets Diversity Recruitment Lead, IBM, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Ray Quinana, General Partner, Cottonwood Technology Fund, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Doreen Rainey, CEO, Radical Success institute, Bowie, MD, United States
Katie Sczcepaniak Rice, Senior Associate, Epic Ventures, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Tim Weil, Managing Partner, Providence Capital, Dallas, TX, United States
Becky Wilson, President, WDS Marketing and Public Relations, Overland Park, KS, United States
Kris Wittenberg, CEO, Be Good to People, Eagle, CO, United States

Entrepreneur Awards Categories Final Judging Committee

Committee Chair
Kristen White, CEO
Creative Catapult, LLC/Instant Celebrity Academy
St. Louis, MO, United States

Gloria Buono-Daly, Founder, AllThingsDigitalMarketing.com, Yonkers, NY, United States
Saskia Chiesa, CEO, International Checkout, Santa Monica, CA, United States
Denise Clancey, President, Teledirect Partners, Boston, MA, United States
Ben Clark, President, Big Ben Media, Inc., Lima, OH, United States
Nikki Clark, Project Manager, Big Ben Media, Inc., Lima, OH, United States
Dr. Sayalee Gankar, Director & Professor, MIT Group of Institutions, Pune, India
Barb Girson, President, My Sales Tactics, LLC, New Albany, OH, United States
Kate Darcy Hohenthal, Founder, The Birthday Club, Manchester, CT, United States
Craig Jacobson, Founder, Open Spaces Marketing, Vista, CA, United States
Ann Macindoo,CEO/Founder, So, You Want To Write!, Palm Desert, CA, United States
Margaret Manning, CEO, Reading Room, Singapore, Singapore
Deborah Mitchell, Founder, Heaven Health & Beauty Ltd, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Julie Pond, CEO, Sage Environmental Services, Inc., Seattle, WA, United States
John Schwab, Executive Producer, Let's Start a Ripple TV, Clayton, MO, United States
Letty Swank, CEO, Giftwrapperz, Los Gatos, CA, United States

Executive Awards Categories Final Judging Committee

Committee Chair
Marcie Allen, President
MAC Presents
New York, NY, United States

Husam Mahmoud Abdallah, Senior Advisor, Organization Development, Dubai Airport Freezone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Selµuk Alimdar, HR Strategic Projects Manager, Avea Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S, Istanbul, Turkey
Chanel Auguste, Brand Partnerships & Commercial Licensing, Warner Brothers Records, New York, NY, United States
Kerri Bergman, Director of Marketing, Billboard, New York, NY, United States
Michele Bernstein, Tour Marketing Agent, William Morris Endeavor, Beverly Hills, CA, United States
Elizabeth Daniel, Luxury Advertising Sales Director, The Editorialist, New York, NY, United States
Andrea Dinunzio, CMO, Blingguard, New York, NY, United States
Rebecca Fagan, Managing Director, Portside Ventures, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Lori Feldman, SVP, Brand Partnerships & Commercial Licensing, Warner Brothers Records, New York, NY, United States
Kimberly Ford, Senior Marketing Manager, Samsung, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Heather Greenfeig, Artist Manager, Red Light Management, New York, NY, United States
Marjorie Hall, SVP Director of Marketing & Sales, ZenithOptimedia, New York, NY, United States
Natasha Hritzuk, Global Senior Insights Director, Microsoft, Redmond, WA, United States
Julie Jakopic, President/CEO, iLead Strategies, Alexandria, VA, United States
Nirva Milord, Director of Communications, NHL, New York, NY, United States
Stephen Moore, CEO/Managing Member, PetroChase, Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Wendy Morris, VP Team Marketing and Business Operations, NBA Entertainment, New York, NY, United States
Amber Williams, Public Relations Executive, Beck Media & Marketing, New York, New York, United States
Judee Anne Williams, Agent/Co-director, CAA/CAA Foundation, New York, NY, United States

Media Awards Categories Final Judging Committee

Committee Chair
Cynthia Good, Founder and CEO
Little PINK Book
Atlanta, GA, United States

Marta Aebischer,Global Marketing Director, Newell Rubbermaid, Huntersville, NC, United States
Suraya Bliss, Senior Director, Digital Communications, Walmart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR, United States
Patricia David, Head of Diversity, JPMorgan Chase, New York, NY, United States
Elana Drell Szyfer, CEO, Ahava, New York, NY, United States
Janna Ducich, Vice President, Consumer Insights & Targeted Marketing, AT&T Mobility, Atlanta, GA, United States
Kate Gutmann, President, Worldwide Sales, UPS, Atlanta, GA, United States
Meryl Macune, VP, Global Digital Marketing, Estee Lauder, West New York, NJ, United States
Ali Marano, Technology for Social Good, JPMorgan Chase, New York, NY, United States
Nicole Middendorf, CEO, Prosperwell Financial, Plymouth, MN, United States
Maya Mikhailov, EVP, Clear Strategy/CoFounder, GPShopper, New York, NY, United States
Caitlin Storhaug, Director, Corporate Marketing, Accenture, San Francisco, CA, United States
Chloé Taylor Brown, President & CEO, Chloé Taylor Brown Enterprises, LLC, Sandy Springs, GA, United States
Melanie Tinto, Vice President, Executive Leadership & Organization Development, Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Erin Varano, Director, Brand Marketing, Rubbermaid Consumer Products, Newell Rubbermaid, Atlanta, GA, United States


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