Stevie® Awards for Women in Business Winners Announced

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 @ 09:39 AM
SAWIB LogoShining a spotlight on women executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations run by women, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business announced the results of its 2011 (8th annual) competition on Friday, November 11.

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

With more than 300 businesswomen and their guests in attendance, the awards were announced at a gala dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. More than 1,300 nominations -- a record for the competition -- were submitted this year for consideration in 78 categories, including Best Entrepreneur, Best Executive, Most Innovative Company, and Best New Company of the Year.

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

  • Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox - Best Executive (More than 2,500 Employees)
  • Dany Levy, CEO of Daily Candy - Best Executive (Up to 100 Employees)
  • Lauren Bush, CEO of FEED - Best Executive (Non-Profit or Government)
  • Ann Kaplan, President and CEO of iFinance Canada Inc. - Best Canadian Entrepreneur
  • Dominique Senequier, Chairman and CEO of AXA Private Equity (France) - Best Executive in EMEA
  • Women in the City (United Kingdom) - Women Helping Women Award
  • Laura Ching, Co-founder of Tiny Prints - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Liz Hamburg, Founder of Upstart Ventures - Mentor or Coach of the Year
  • - Blog of the Year
  • - Website of the Year
  • Rockin' Green - Fastest Growing Company of the Year
  • Agloves - Touchscreen Gloves - Best New Company of the Year

Ramona Singer of The Real Housewives of New York was also on hand to receive an honorary Stevie Award as "Mogul of the Year," in recognition of her prominent success in businesses including Ramona Singer Jewelry for HSN (jewelry line), Tru Renewal, True Faith Jewelry, and Ramona Pinot Grigio.

The 2011 honorees reflect a diverse group of large and small organizations from around the globe. Organizations that won more than one Stevie Award include Agloves, Calysto Communications, Euro RSCG Worldwide, iFinance Canada Inc., Rockin' Green, Tiny Prints, and Walton Isaacson.

Nations represented among Stevie Award winners include Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, England, France, India, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA.

A portion of each ticket sold for the event will be contributed to Camfed (, which fights poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa by educating girls and empowering women to become leaders of change.

For a complete list of honorees and more information, visit

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business 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

Sponsors and supporters of the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business include the Business TalkRadio Network, Coloredge, KeyBank | Key4Women, Melilea International Group of Companies, SDL, and Smart Reader Worldwide.

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How Stevie Awards Winner Keeps Art Alive in School Communities

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Nov 09, 2011 @ 08:25 AM

Artitudes Design Inc., of Issaquah, Washington, USA received a Stevie Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year in The 2011 American Business Awards. The same program also won in the 2010 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. (Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 ABAs - get your entry kit.)

As the CEO and Creative Principal of Artitudes Design Inc., Andrea HeustonAngela Heuston
strongly believes in creating and cultivating a culture of giving back to the community. Because art programs have been consistently cut from the curriculum, teachers and schools look to the community to fill this growing gap. Heuston has responded by providing arts education to local elementary schools through the company’s Artitudes in Action: Art Docent Campaign.  We asked Heuston about her crusading efforts to keep art in the classroom.

Why is art such an important subject for young children?
Every child learns differently. Art has been proven to help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as cognitive and creative skills. Our main goal is to educate children in a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and movement so we can reach those with different strengths and abilities. We need to give children as many tools as possible to make them as successful as possible. With school budget deficits, art is one of the first subjects to be cut.  We all need to step up and help wherever public school systems need the support.

How can non-design companies help support projects such as the Artitudes Art Docent Campaign?
There are several ways that people can help support our cause in their own communities. Volunteering at local schools as an art docent is a great way to give back. Most schools have art docent programs, but not many have enough parent volunteers and supplies to sustain the programs. If you are unable to volunteer, consider helping spread the word, or donate supplies to schools in your area.

What are Artitudes Design’s plans for the future of the Art Docent Campaign?
Our plan is to remain small, but to reach more students each school year. We would like to raise awareness in our community, and to people everywhere.  We would love to see more volunteers donating their time so the task isn't left only to small programs like ours. Awareness is one of our main goals. We hope that if more people are made aware of the need for art education it will encourage more people to get involved in their local schools.

About the Art Docent Campaign
Since 2007, graphic design firm Artitudes has partnered with Seattle-area schools, working with them to select classes with the greatest need for art instruction. The company’s employees then volunteer their time as art docents, allowing them to give something back to the community about which they are passionate: Art.

These aren’t your typical art docents, however. Team members create sample art projects, write lesson plans, purchase supplies or use recycled materials, coordinate with an elementary school, and then teach the lesson to the class. If classes are focusing on a specific topic, such as the Lewis & Clark expedition, the docents will tailor their lesson plans to that subject. Recently, a fifth grade class was learning about impressionism, so the docents created a project based on Monet’s landscapes. The lesson included tearing magazines into pieces and creating an impressionistic landscape on paper.

Artitudes focuses on using recycled materials in its instruction. This helps
keep out-of-pocket costs low, is environmentally conscious, and allows students
to recreate the projects in their own time for very little cost. Every child
has a unique learning style and creative strength, therefore the company works
with different tools and mediums, including painting, drawing, and

A Growing Challenge
The biggest challenge that Artitudes foresees is keeping up with the growing
demand for arts education in schools. Washington State has a budget shortfall of over $2 billion, and school funding is already being impacted. Artitudes believes it is now even more critical to grow the art docent program to reach more students; but that this can only be achieved through continued media outreach, donations of time and money, and the creation of a non-profit organization dedicated to championing basic arts education.

Art instruction is an essential tool in the development of a child.  It is a
critical building block in developing cognitive and creative skills.  The Artitudes Art Docent Campaign is just one program that will keep art inspiration alive so that the children of today become the artists and graphic designers of tomorrow. 

About Andrea Heuston
Andrea Heuston, CEO & Creative Principal of Artitudes Design, has over 20 years of experience in the graphic design industry. She established Artitudes in 1995. Heuston strongly believes in giving back to the community and focuses on advocating for the prevention of child abuse and on promoting arts education. She serves as a Board of Director with the non-profit organization Olive Crest, is a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and serves on the Executive Committee of NW Next Leaders Council.

About Artitudes Design
Artitudes Design Inc. is a full service graphic design firm that specializes in executive communications within the high tech, retail, and non-profit verticals through customized presentations, marketing, motion graphics, and branding solutions. Founded in 1995, Artitudes currently employs 15 people. For more information go to

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Who's Coming to Friday's Stevie Awards for Women in Business?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Nov 09, 2011 @ 08:05 AM

SAWIB logoMore than 330 women entrepreneurs, executives, and their guests will attend the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business on Friday, November 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  These are the world's top honors for working women.

Here's the list of organizations that will be represented at the event (as of November 8). Will you be joining them? If so, act fast - there are only 10 tickets left!

A Glam Slam New York NY USA
Accurate Engineering Integrated Construction Services Inc. San Diego CA USA
Advocacy and Consulting for Education Inc. Wayne PA USA
Agloves Boulder CO USA
AHAVA North America New York NY USA
Allstate Insurance Company Northbrook IL USA
America Works of New York, Inc. New York, NY USA
Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) Chicago IL U.S.A.
Arkadium, Inc., New York, NY USA
Axis Teknologies, Atlanta, GA, USA
Bhava Communications Berkeley CA USA
BidSync American Fork UT USA
Birds Nest Foundation New York NY U.S.A
BlackLine Systems Los Angeles CA USA
Blacktop, Kansas City, MO, U.S.A.
Bloomberg TV New York NY USA
Broadview Networks Rye Brook NY U.S.A.
Brownstein & McCabe Associates, Englewood, FL, USA
Business TalkRadio Network Greenwich CT USA
Caligor Rx, New York, NY, USA
Career Opportunity Development Inc. Egg Harbor City NJ USA
Century 21 Real Estate LLC Parsippany NJ USA
Charity Voice Online Dallas TX USA
Cigna Bloomfield CT
Citrix Systems Santa Clara CA
CJP Communications, New York, NY, USA Stamford CT USA
Clinical Research Advantage Inc. Phoenix AZ
Coloredge Los Angeles * New York USA
Delaney Consulting LLC Atlanta GA USA
Delta Air Lines Inc. Atlanta GA U.S.A.
Designs by Lolita Inc. Pawtucket RI U.S.A.
DiGennaro Communications New York NY U.S.A.
DRT Strategies Arlington VA USA
Dynamic Office & Accounting Solutions Danville CA U.S.A.
Elite Editing New York NY USA
eMASON Inc. Clearwater FL U.S.A
EmpowHER Scottsdale AZ U.S.A.
Encore Public Relations Rochester MN USA
Euro RSCG Worldwide PR New York NY USA
EXIT Realty Corp. International Mississauga ON Canada
FTF Sweets Limited Heysham United Kingdom
Gabriel Marketing Group Reston VA USA
Gale Technologies, Santa Clara, CA, U.S.A
Global Experience Specialists (GES), Las Vegas, NV USA
GreenGym Outdoor Fitness Equipment, Dartmouth, NS Canada
Health Advocate Inc. Plymouth Meeting PA USA
Heaven by Deborah Mitchell Shifnal Shropshire United Kingdom
High Performance Technologies Inc. Reston VA USA
iFinance Canada Inc. Toronto ON Canada
Improve Digital Amsterdam The Netherlands
Indus Health Plus Pvt. Ltd. Pune, Maharashtra, India
Infogroup Omaha NE USA
InnLink LLC Hendersonville TN USA
International Dance Supplies Ltd Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
iolo technologies Los Angeles CA USA
Jack Morton Worldwide Boston MA USA
JCPR, Parsippany, NJ USA
KC Projects Birmingham AL USA
Keurig, Inc., Reading, MA USA
KeyBank Cleveland OH USA
Keystone Resources Houston TX USA
Kiva Systems Inc. North Reading MA USA
Let's Eat Out Menus Magazine, LLC Spotsylvania, VA U.S.A.
Loyalty Factor LLC Portsmouth NH USA
MAC Presents New York NY USA, Salt Lake City, UT USA
Marketing 24/7 Inc. Trussville AL USA
Marketo, San Mateo, CA, U.S.A
Matrex Exhibits Addison IL USA
Medisys Health Communications Fairfield CT USA
Métier Ltd. Santa Rosa CA U.S.A.
Mojiva Inc. New York, NY USA
Mom Central Consulting Newton MA USA
Momentum Inc. Camp Hill PA USA
MWW Group, East Rutherford, NJ USA
MyCorporation, Calabasas, CA U.S.A.
One Stop Environmental Birmingham AL U.S.A.
Organic Inc. San Francisco CA USA
Phoenix Data Corporation Indianapolis IN U.S.A.
Phoenix Suns, Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A
Pivot Communications Salt Lake City UT USA
Pure Romance Loveland OH U.S.A.
Rambus Inc. Sunnyvale CA USA
Rockin' Green, San Antonio, TX
SDI Distributor Inc., Yonkers, NY, USA
Seeds of Genius Columbia MD USA
Sharon Lechter Paradise Valley AZ
SiloSmashers, Fairfax, VA
Smart Reader Worldwide Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Spend Radar Chicago IL U.S.A.
Staff Management | SMX, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
Staging Diva/Six Elements Inc. Toronto ON Canada
Stern Investor Relations New York NY USA
Teri Scheinzeit, The Savvy Business Coach New York, NY USA
The HopeFULL Company, Minnetonka, MN, U.S.A.
The Omnia Group Tampa FL USA
tmg-e*media inc. New York NY USA
Transcend Technologies Group dba benefitsCONNECT Elk Grove CA USA
Under Armour Baltimore MD U.S.A
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS U.S.A
Vaco Los Angeles Los Angeles CA USA
VerticalResponse San Francisco CA USA
Voxy Lady Sydney NSW Australia
Vulcan Park and Museum Birmingham AL USA
Walton Isaacson, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Web Ad.vantage Havre de Grace MD USA
Wipro Limited Bangalore India
Women in the City London United Kingdom
Women Presidents' Organization New York NY USA Clermont FL USA

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