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80 Heroes Help Determine Stevie Awards for Women in Business Finalists

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 @ 01:44 PM

Women in Biz Logo resized 600The following professionals participated in the preliminary judging of the 2011 (8th annual) Stevie Awards for Women in Business in September-October. Their average scores determined the Finalists. We thank them for their interest, time, and insights. This year's Stevie Awards winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 11. Learn more about the event and reserve your table today.

Amal Al-Najjar, Human Resources Supervisor, Fluor Corporation Ahmadi, Kuwait
Ebony Bain, Miss, Plan it Well, Edmonton, United Kingdom
Virginia Balcom, Marketing Director, Lighthaus Logic, Vancouver, Canada
Maxim Behar, CEO, M3 Communications Group, Inc., Sofia, Bulgaria
Susan Benton Russell, Founder, Benton Communications, Inc., Hermosa Beach, CA, USA
Carolyn Betts, CEO, Betts Recruiting, San Francisco, CA, USA
Daniel J G G, Block, PhD, Chaplain, U.S. Army (retired), La Farge, WI, USA
Tya Bolton, CEO / Admistrative Extraordinaire!, Exceptional Business Solutions, LLC, Columbia, MD, USA
Marcia Brand, President, Creative Marketing Concepts, Inc., Alexandria, VA, USA
Jean Brandolini Lamb, Director, Global Branding SAP, New York, NY, USA
Crystal Brown-Tatum, CEO/President, Crystal Clear Communications, Shreveport, LA, USA
Debbie Champion, Attorney at Law, Rynearson Suess Schnurbusch &Champion, St. Louis, MO, USA
Pamela Clark, Founder/Executive Director, New Heights Educational Group, Defiance, OH, USA
Etta Cohen, Founder, Forward Ladies, Leeds, United Kingdom
Maria Coyne, Executive VP, KeyBank, Cleveland, OH, USA
Christine Dunn, Founder, Savoir Media, Belmont, MA, USA
Rochelle Ekanayake, Managing Director, MrPierce Studios International Asia (pvt) LTD, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Diane Emo, VP Marketing, Coverall North America Inc., Boca Raton, FL, USA
Lori Ericson, Product Planning Development, Epicor Software, Denver, CO, USA
Patricia Garcia, Experience Architect, Critical Mass, Aurora, IL, USA
Lorretta Gasper, Director Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, CDC Software, Atlanta, GA, USA
Barb Girson, Owner, My Sales Tactics, Columbus, OH, USA
Audrey Godwin, Managing Member, The Godwin Group, PLLC, Renton, WA, USA
Julie Gordon White, CEO / Broker, BlueKey Business Brokerage M&A, Berkeley, CA, USA
Aileen Gorman, Executive Director, Commonwealth Institute, Boston, MA, USA
Renda Hawwa, Corporate Communications, IntelligentMDx, Cambridge, MA, USA
Ruwena Healy, President, Marketing 24/7, Inc., Trussville, AL, USA
Charity Herb, Online Content Administrator, American Greetings, Cleveland, OH, USA
Robyne Highsmith, Founder, Teen Dare To Dream Program, Zionsville, IN, USA
Dr. Kate Darcy Hohenthal, Founder, The Birthday Club, Manchester, CT, USA
Marie Holliday, EFT-AAMET, President, EFT Spain, Murcia, Spain
Jennifer Houston, President, WE Studio D™, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, Bellevue, WA, USA
Rebecca Jones, Senior Marketing Manager, The Retail Outsource, Coral Gables, FL, USA
Rose Jurczewski, Owner, Funxion Fuzion, Roselle, IL, USA
Patricia Marie Kelly, Owner, Marie Kelly Unlimited, Algonquin, IL, USA
Laura Kerr, Project Principal, Sabre Airline Solutions, Southlake, TX, USA
Roja Kolachina, CEO, Synerteq, Inc., Rockville, MD, USA
Rafal Kucharski, Advertising Manager, Wytwornia Mebli, Swarzedz , Poland
Rebecca Lane, Miss, Epitome Health and Beauty, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Jill Liberman, President, L'Posh Beauty, Boca Raton, FL, USA
Katherine Macaluso, President, A.M. Engineering and Testing, Inc., Port St. Lucie, FL, USA
Sheila Marcelo, Founder & CEO, Waltham, MA, USA
Carol Marx, Past President, American Agri-Women, Rickreall, OR, USA
Georgia McCabe, Sr. Partner, Brownstein & McCabe Associates, Englewood, FL, USA
Jeannine McHenry, Art Director/Principle, J. McHenry Design, Marina Del Rey, CA, USA
Colin McKillop, Chief Executive Officer, Butcher Enterprises, Windsor, ON, Canada
Sharon Metzung, Publications & Graphics Manager, Lake Metroparks, Concord Township, OH, USA
Lisa Miller, Principal, LaineGabriel, Columbus, OH, USA
Hannah Montroy, Enterprise Business Process Improvement Facilitator, Shamrock Foods Company, Commerce City, CO, USA
Judy Musgrove, Owner, Cover To Cover, Sacramento, CA, USA
Pat Mussieux, Founder, Wealthy Women Leaders, London, ON, Canada
Wendy Nolin, VP of Marketing, TalentGuard, Austin, TX, USA
Dolly Oberoi, CEO, C2 Technologies, Inc., Vienna, VA, USA
Wendy O'Donnell, Manager, Training and Delivery, UnitedHealth Group, Costa Mesa, CA, USA
Elizabeth Ojeda, President, Collective Solutions & Services, Denver, CO, USA
Mark O'Toole, Senior Vice President, The Castle Group, Inc., Boston, MA, USA
Michael Parrillo, QA Manager, Lapp Group, Florham Park, NJ, USA
Harish Pillai, COO, Indus Health Plus Pvt. Ltd., Pune, India
Kim Pita, Managing Principal, Pita Communicaitons LLC, Rocky Hill, CT, USA
Penny Pompei, National Executive Director, Women Construction Owners & Executives USA, Alexandria, VA, USA
Toni Potter, Director, Technica, Dulles, VA, USA
Frank Powell, President, Horizon Radiology/NightForce Radiology/PetRays, The Woodlands, TX, USA
Vicky Prior, Writer, Editor & Communications Consultant, Vicky Prior Communications, London, United Kingdom
Jesintha Rajaratnam, Partner, Joje India Consultants - Finance & HR FZC, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Fanjarivo Rakotonirina, President, Tropical Items Madagascar, LLC, Boulder, CO, USA
Shenan Reed, Managing Director, Morpheus Media, New York, NY, USA
Dennis Reno, Vice President, Customer Experience, Oracle, San Francisco, CA, USA
Sandra Rinomato, Toronto, ON, Canada
Gyan Saxena, Chief Operating Officer, DatamanUSA, LLC, Denver, CO, USA
Amy Scarlino, President & COO, Catchpole Corporation, Wellesley, MA, USA
Aysegul Seferoglu, External Communications Coordinator, Effect PR, Istanbul, Turkey
Nora Senior, Executive Chair UK Regions and Ireland, Weber Shandwick, Edinburg, United Kingdom
Roz Sohnen, Producer/Director Roz Sohnen Productions, LLC, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Misty Stocksdale, Brand Navigator, Blacktop, Kansas City, MO, USA
Caroline Storey-Sabetti, Executive Director, Marketing, Staff Management | SMX, Chicago, IL, USA
Heena Sunil Bulchandani, Specialist-Training & Development, DEWA, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Letty Swank, Founder, GiftwrapperZ, Los Gatos, CA, USA
Stephanie Taylor, Marketing Director, Promark Financial, Santa Ana, CA, USA
Jacqueline Teo, General Manager, Programme Management Office, FOXTEL, Putney, Australia
Hilary Topper, CEO, HJMT, Melville, NY, USA
Veronique Topping Knight, Web Developer,, New York, NY, USA
Lynn Walk, Office Manager, Health Revenue Assurance Associates, Inc., Plantation, FL, USA
Wendy Weidenbaum, President and CEO, Weidenbaum Development, New York, NY, USA
Julia Zamorska, VP of Corporate Communications, iolo technologies, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Joseph Zitzelberger, Director of Manufacturing Development, PACCAR Inc., Chillicothe, OH, USA

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Last Chance to Enter the Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Oct 05, 2011 @ 11:17 AM

SAWIB presentationTomorrow - Thursday, October 6 - is absolutely the last day that we can accept late entries for the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's premier honors for women entrepreneurs, executives and the organizations they run.

You'll find the entry kit here, online. It explains how to choose categories and prepare entries. When you've written your entries, submit them here.

Late entries will not be penalized in any way in the judging process. Preliminary judging to determine Finalists closes on Sunday, and Finalists will be notified next Wednesday.

This year's Stevie Award winners will be announced at a dinner in New York on Friday, November 11. Attendance is not required to win.

Who do you know who should be nominated in the Stevies for Women?

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Judging Begins for Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 07:34 AM

SAWIB LogoPreliminary judging opened this week for the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's premier honors for women entrepreneurs, executives, and the organizations they run.  The awards are open to all organizations and individuals worldwide - entries will be accepted through September 30.  Similarly, anyone around the world may apply to participate in the preliminary round of judging - the application form is online.

Preliminary judges determined the Finalists who will be announced on October 12.  Later in October, final judging panels will determine the Stevie Award winner in each category from among the Finalists.

Judging is conducted online, and the preliminary judging web site will be available online, 24/7, through October 9.

Among the benefits of participating as a Stevie Awards preliminary judge are:

* Acknowledgment on the awards web site and in the awards dinner program (this year's event is on November 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York)

* The opportunity to win free tickets to the awards dinner (the two judges who score the most entries receive them)

* A certificate of appreciation, suitable for framing

* The opportunity to learn how extraordinary women and organizations around the world are innovating and succeeding.

Even if you have only an hour or two to contribute to judging over the next month, your contribution will be useful and appreciated.  Interested in participating? Then complete the online application form.  If accepted, you'll be assigned categories based on your experience and function.

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Stevie Awards for Women in Business Announce 2010 Winners

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 @ 01:55 PM

Fabi PreslarShining a spotlight on women executives, business owners, and organizations run by women, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business announced the results of its 2010 competition on November 12.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run.   With more than 300 businesswomen and their guests in attendance, the awards were announced at a dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  A portion of each ticket sold for the event will be contributed to Oceana (, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation.

More than 1,200 nominations were submitted this year for consideration in 54 categories, including Best Entrepreneur, Best Executive, Most Innovative Company and Best Overall Company.

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

-          Best Executive: Erin Clift, Senior Vice President of Global Sales Development of AOL

-          Best Asian Entrepreneur: Dr. KH Wang, Group Executive Director of Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

-          Best Entrepreneur in EMEA: Anne Walker, founder of International Dance Supplies Ltd

-          Women Helping Women Award: Carolyn Kepcher, President of Carolyn & Co. Media

-          Lifetime Achievement Award: Julia Homer, Founding Editor of CFO Magazine

-          Mentor of the Year: Lorin Beller Blake, founder of Big Fish Nation

-          Blog of the Year: Career Woman, Inc.

-          Website of the Year: by McGraw-Hill Education

-          Fastest Growing Company of the Year:

-          Best Overall Company of the Year: House Party

-          Best New Company of the Year: Apps of All Nations

The 2010 honorees reflect a diverse group of large and small organizations from around the world.  Organizations that won more than one Stevie Award are: Accenture, Apps of All Nations LLC, Big Fish Nation, The BioEngineering Group, BrickFish, DRT Strategies and FuzziBunz. Nations represented in the winners’ circle include Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.A.  For a complete list of honorees and more information, visit

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More Than 300 to Attend Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 @ 04:49 PM

We're expecting more than 300 women entrepreneurs and executives, and their guests, to attend tomorrow night's Stevie Awards for Women in Business in New York.  They're coming from all of the U.S.A. plus Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

A PDF of the awards dinner program is now available on the awards web site.  Look for photos to be available starting Saturday, and video clips of the presentations sometime next week.

Here's the list of organizations that will be represented, as of this past Monday:

Accenture   Chicago IL

Accessibility Partners  Silver Spring, MD               

Advocacy & Consulting for Education  Wayne  PA     

Alacare Home Health & Hospice  Birmingham AL

Anisa International, Inc.  Atlanta GA    

Apps of All Nations LLC  Lynchburg VA       

Artitudes Design Inc.  Issaquah  WA       

Assurant Employee Benefits, Kansas City, MO      

Axis Teknologies  Marietta GA

Backup My Info  New York, NY          

Bhava Communications   Berkeley CA

Big Fish Nation   Solana Beach CA

Bistra Ilkova  Sofia  Bulgaria           

Bloomberg TV  New York NY             

Bowling Green State University   Bowling Green OH

Brickfish  San Diego  CA        

Campus Apartments   Philadelphia PA

Cbeyond  Atlanta  GA           

CFO Publishing  New York NY

CIGNA  Hartford  CT           

Citrix Online San Barbara CA               

Competence Call Center  Vienna, Austria            

Cvent  McLean, VA            

Decipher  Inc. Fresno  CA             

Designs by Lolita  Providence  RI              

Elite Editing  New York, NY                 

EmpowHER/HW  LLC Scottsale AZ         

emTRAiN  Sacramento, CA         

Everything Everywhere  London United Kingdom  

EXIT Realty Corp. International Mississauga ON Canada

EyeMail Inc.   Marietta GA

Farbman Group  Southfield  MI        

Felice Keller Productions  Los Angeles  CA       

GradeGuru by McGraw-Hill Education  New York NY           

GroundFloor Media  Denver CO       

Health Revenue Assurance Associates  Inc.(HRAA) Plantation  FL                               

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA   Dusseldorf Germany   


Holland America Line  Seattle  WA           

IntelePeer  San Mateo  CA

InterContinental Hotels Group Atlanta GA       

International Dance Supplies Ltd  Newton Abbot  Devon  England                              

International Financial Data Services Canada  Toronto  ON  Canada                                 

ITM Group  Inc. Ft. Lauderdale FL           

Kahosha, Inc.  Tokyo Japan

KeyBank Cleveland OH            

Kryon Systems  Tel Aviv  Israel            

Leading Women  Charlestown  RI        

Love to Swim and Tumble School San Antonio TX     

Loyalty Factor, LLC  Portsmouth NH

Luminex Corporation  Riverside, CA        

Marketing 24/7  Inc.  Trussville  AL    

Martopia  Saint Charles IL

Medicard Finance Inc.   Toronto Canada

Melilea International Group of Companies  Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia                           

Mom Central Consulting  Newton  MA         

MorrisAnderson  Chicago  IL      

MotherNet KK  Osaka Japan          

MWW Group  East Rutherford  NJ           

Northbound LLC  Sunnyvale  CA          

Nu Skin Enterprises  Provo, UT         

ODEL Limited  Rajagiriya  Sri Lanka           

Parties That Cook  San Francisco CA

Pediatric Therapeutic Services, Inc.   Conshohocken PA

Penmac Staffing Services  Inc.  Springfield  MO       

PetRays Veterinary Telemedicine Consultants  The Woodlands  TX                                  

PK Walsh  Needham MA

Plus Relocation Services  Minneapolis MN

Purry Communications Group Los Angeles CA   

R&J Elliott Incorporated  Normal  IL        

Renu Mobile  Boston  MA           

RockYou  Redwood City CA

Sanofi-Aventis  Istanbul  Turkey       

Savoir Media Co.  Belmont MA

SelectMinds New York NY       Kitchener  ON  Canada    

Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd   Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia                               

Softtek  Monterrey Mexico

South Miami Center for Women & Infants  Miami  FL   

SPARK Publications Mathews NC   

SpellSpace, Inc.  Lake Arrowhead CA

Spoilt Rotten Hair & Beauty Studio  Smeaton Grange Australia                           

Staff Management  Chicago  IL              

Teach For America  Miami FL

TechnoDyne LLC  Wayne NJ

Tenrehte Technologies, Inc.  Rochester NY The Ad Club  Boston MA

The Henker Group   Easton MD

TIBCO Software Inc.  Palo Alto  CA            

Trevena  Inc.  King of Prussia  PA       

Vantage Communications  San Francisco  CA       

VerticalResponse  San Francisco, CA         

What's On? Event Planning  Harrington Park Australia Mooloolaba QLD Australia         

Womenetics  LLC  Atlanta  GA        

Women's Intercultural Exchange  Charlotte NC   

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Women in Business Awards Finalists Announced

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 @ 02:16 PM

Today we announced the Finalists in the 2010 (7th annual) Stevie Awards for Women in Business.  Personally this is my favorite Stevie Awards competition, because the stories of success that women entrepreneurs and executives tell are often so dramatic, and women give much better acceptance speeches than men do.  Find the full list on the Stevies for Women web site.

We had a record number of entries to the Stevies for Women this year - more than 1,200.  13% better than last year.  The majority of entries to this competition are still from organizations in the U.S.A. - I'd like to see this competition become more broadly international, and we're workingStevie Awards for Women in Business Logo on that - but we received entries from Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the United Kingdom as well.

This year's awards dinner is back at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, and tickets are now on sale.  Last year the event had more than 330 women and their guests from the U.S. and several other countries, and I expect this year's attendance to be just as strong.  Sara Eisen of Bloomberg TV will emcee.

Among the leading contenders with multiple Finalists are BGT Partners, Miami, FL; The Buildmore Group Pty Ltd, Caloundra, QLD Australia; Elite Editing, New York, NY; Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, New York, NY; JCPR, Parsippany, NJ; Kryon Systems, Tel Aviv, Israel; MWW Group, East Rutherford, NJ; ODEL Limited, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka; Reserveage Organics, Gainesville, FL; and VerticalResponse, San Francisco, CA.

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