Videos: Stevie Awards for Women in Business Presentations

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

SAWIB13 Videos
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.

Topics: business awards, stevie awards for women in business, women awards, women in business awards, women executive awards, entrepreneur awards, women entrepreneur awards, Stevies awards for women

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

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

Download the awards dinner program book (6 MB PDF)
Browse and download photographs of the awards presentations
Watch video clips of interviews with Stevie Award winners

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

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

Topics: business awards, stevie awards, women awards, women in business awards, women executive awards, entrepreneur awards, women entrepreneur awards

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.

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
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.

Topics: business awards, stevie awards, women awards, women in business awards, women executive awards, entrepreneur awards, women entrepreneur awards

5 Distinguished Chairs to Head 2013 Stevie Awards for Women in Business Final Judging Committees

Posted by Michelle Rutkowski on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 01:13 PM
With the preliminary judging of this year’s Stevie® Awards for Women in Business about to wrap on October 6, the Stevie Awards are delighted to announce the names of the five distinguished women who will chair the final judging committees of the 2013 (10th annual) competition.

The Individual Awards categories, which recognize the achievements of individual women entrepreneurs, executives and employees, form the biggest category group in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, so two committees have been formed:

2013 WIB Exec ChairMarcie Allen, president of New York City-based sponsorship and fulfillment agency MAC Presents, will chair the committee for the Best Executives Awards categories.

“As a woman in the music industry, recognition in the Stevie Awards has proved an effective tool for me to encourage more women to enter this industry,” stated Marcie recently. “As someone who has been in the music industry for 18 years, I want to inspire women and show them that anything is possible.  All power to the Stevie Awards for Women on its 10th Anniversary!”

Marcie is a seven-time nominee and two-time winner of Billboard Magazine's Concert Marketing and Promotion Award. She was named to Billboard’s Women in Music in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and to Billboard’s 40 under 40 in 2013. Earlier this year, The White House honored Marcie as one of their Hurricane Sandy "Champions of Change." The event highlighted people and organizations directly involved in response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy. Marcie directed a documentary short, “Beach 119,” about her efforts in the Rockaways, New York, after the storm. Marcie leverages her eighteen years of music industry experience to negotiate high profile sponsorships between the world’s leading brands and artists. Recent clients include Jeep, Microsoft, Samsung, CITI, AT&T, and Nokia. 

Prior to starting MAC, Marcie owned and operated MAD Booking & Events, which booked and produced music festivals across the country including On the Bricks in Atlanta, Georgia. Allen is on the board of directors for Musicians on Call and the TJ Martell Foundation.


2013 WIB Entrepreneur ChairThe final judging committee for the Best Entrepreneur Awards categories will be chaired by Kristen White, CEO of Creative Catapult, LLC/Instant Celebrity Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and host of “Let’s Start A Ripple” TV. Kristen is a media expert who helps entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, life coaches, and businesses become more powerful messengers through content creation and on-camera coaching. Kristen works with clients to create media-based marketing platforms including television, radio, iPad magazines, and multi-media books. Her company, Creative Catapult, LLC, is a media coaching and video production company for the wellness and personal development marketplace.

Kristen has more than a decade of experience as a television journalist and anchor. Her new show, Let’s start a Ripple, which debuted in January 2013, is a news-style talk show that features experts in personal development, wellness and spirituality. The show is broadcast on The Wisdom Channel on Google TV, HULU, and on mainstream media. It is produced in the ABC TV studio in St. Louis, Missouri, and on location in Sedona, Arizona, in California, and in New York.

In addition to a Gold Stevie Awards for Video of the Year and for Mentor/Coach of the Year, Kristen received the Bronze Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2012 Women in Business Awards. Her industry awards include the Platinum “Best in Show” Award for Video and a Gold Award for Video in the 2012 Aurora Awards.


2013 WIB Company ChairChair of the final judging committee for both the Company/Organization Awards and the New Product Awards categories is Jessica Eaves Mathews, CEO of Leverage a Lawyer LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Jessica describes herself as America’s Advocate for Women in Business™.  She is an award-winning entrepreneur and intellectual property and business lawyer; a published author and speaker; and an authority on helping women entrepreneurs and women business owners step into their power and, as she says, “create a brilliant business and a brilliant 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 of Leverage Legal Group, a global intellectual property and business law firm for the new economy. Jessica's team of experienced attorneys provides world-class, flat-fee legal services, virtual general and outside counsel, and in-sourced legal services.  The firm’s entry-level program, Leverage-a-Lawyer, provides budget-friendly, flat-fee legal services, information, and education for first-time business owners or startups who don’t yet have the budget for full-blown legal counsel.  Jessica also has experience "on the other side of the conference table" as founder and CEO of Grace & Game, a lifestyle brand both for golf and for the sophisticated, feminine, modern women. Grace & Game designs are made in the USA with sustainable fabrics and are designed to perform beautifully both on and off the course.  She is also founder and CEO of Untoxicating Beauty, a new subscription beauty experience for women who care as much about what goes into their bodies as what they put on them.

Jessica is an adjunct professor at University of New Mexico Law School; an appointee on the New Mexico Economic Development Council; co-founder and Chief Legal Officer for The Virtual Accelerator, a virtual business accelerator for startups, and is the co-founder of Hautepreneurs, a new networking organization for women entrepreneurs based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been featured on MSNBC, Oprah,, NBC, Oxygen, and in Allure Magazine.


2013 WIB Marketing ChairThe chair of the final judging committee for the Communications & Marketing Awards categories is Ruwena Healy, CEO and president of Marketing 24/7, Inc., a full-service marketing, branding, and public relations firm in Trussville, Alabama, USA, which she founded eight years ago. Marketing 24/7 has a diverse client list and is one of Birmingham, Alabama’s Top 10 PR firms. Ruwena gave some useful advice on the importance of winning business awards in an earlier blog post.

Marketing 24/7 and Ruwena have garnered numerous international, national, state, and local awards, including a Gold Stevie for Communications/PR Campaign of the Year in the 2012 Stevie Awards for Women In Business. Ruwena was recently named first runner up in the Birmingham Business Journal’s Social Madness competition that showcased a company’s social media savvy by gaining new followers and encouraging follower engagement. Just this week, Ruwena was honored as one of three finalists in the Birmingham Business Alliance's 2013 Awards in the category of Small Business of the Year (1 to 50 employees) and was awarded three Lantern Awards from the Southern Public Relations Federation. She has also received an “Honorable Mention” in the international Enterprising Women of the Year Award by Enterprising Women magazine,

Ruwena is a LinkedIn expert and trainer (her LinkedIn profile was among the Top 1% of the Most Viewed profiles in 2012). She is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and lecturer, and has also presented numerous programs on branding, social media, public relations, and how to successfully get the word out about a business. Ruwena maintains a blog at and her articles have appeared in PR News’ 2011 Crisis Management Guidebook, Birmingham Business Journal, The Birmingham News, Alabama Business News, and Ruwena is an active member of the Birmingham, Alabama community:  she is a member of The Women’s Network; a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Relations Council of Alabama’s Birmingham Chapter; a former Board member and currently a member of the Public Relations Society of America Alabama Chapter; and a current member of Alabama Women In Business.

Ruwena has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Florida and a Masters in Business Administration from Florida State University. Today, with twin boys that are seven years old, Ruwena gives her time to fundraisers for their school and as a leader in the Cub Scouts.


2013 WIB Media ChairChair of the final judging committee for the Media Awards categories (covering websites, apps, live events, and film/video) is Cynthia Good, founder and CEO of Little PINK Book, a digital platform for career women, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Commenting on her appointment as Chair, Cynthia said: “The Stevie Awards is an organization that inspires companies to do the right thing to help advance women in business. It’s great to see those supporting women’s advancement be acknowledged for their good work.”

Supporting women’s advancement and entrepreneurship is something with which Cynthia is familiar. Her Little PINK Book is the online evolution of PINK magazine, founded by Good in 2005. In addition to the daily e-notes, proven to help career women advance, Little PINK Book’s ventures include two highly successful national conference series: their Spring Into Ownership event for entrepreneurs; and the Fall Empowerment series, featuring top women from Corporate America.

Cynthia appears regularly as a speaker at seminars and women-centric events with companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, McKesson, Turknett Leadership Group, Andrews Kurth, Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group, and more. She has written six books and has a weekly TV segment on CBS Atlanta, where she discusses news pertinent to women. You can follow her on Twitter and via Facebook.

Finalists in the 2013 competition will be announced next week.  Final judging, to determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists, will begin the week of October 14.  Stevie winners will then be announced and recognized at the 10th annual awards dinner in New York City on Friday, November 8.

Topics: business awards, stevie awards for women in business, women awards, women in business awards, women executive awards, Stevies, Awards for Women, entrepreneur awards, women entrepreneur awards, s

It's Time to Judge the Stevie Awards for Women in Business!

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Sep 03, 2013 @ 01:29 PM

Summer's over, it's back to work, and it's time to open the preliminary round of judging for the 2013 (10th annual) Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's top honors for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.

You're invited to apply to participate in the judging process, which takes place online.  Interested?  Apply here.

Apply Now

As a judge you'll read and rate nominations submitted to the Women in Business awards by organizations all around the world.  You'll be able to participate online, at your convenience, any time day or night, through October 6.  Being inspired and educated by the stories of high-achieving women around the world is only the best benefit of being a judge.  You'll also receive a certificate of appreciation, suitable for framing, and you'll be acknowledged on the awards website (see last year's judges here) and in the November 8 awards dinner program.

Stevies 2013 logoAnd the two judges who review the most entries in the women awards will be offered two tickets to the awards dinner.

Go ahead, take the leap and apply to be a Stevie Awards for Women in Business judge.  You'll be glad you did!

Questions about the judging process?  Let us know.

Topics: judging, business awards, stevie awards, women awards, women in business awards, women executive awards, women entrepreneur awards

Where Are They Now? 2009 #StevieAwards Winner Niamh Barker of The Travelwrap Co.

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 @ 10:46 AM

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.

As we approach the entry deadlines for the 2013 competition we'll look back at some of the women who have won Stevie Awards over the past decade.  We'll catch up with them on their current activities, and learn what their Stevie win meant to them and their careers.

Today's profile is of 2009 Stevie winner Niamh Barker of The Travelwrap Company.

When The Travelwrap Company was recognized by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2009 as Best New Company, it was a small online business selling about four different Scottish cashmere wraps to a mostly United Kingdom-based audience.

Niamh BarkerThey were selling these distinctive cashmere wraps via a company website.  Niamh Barker, its founder and managing director, managed the business from a spare room in her home, working around her busy family life (she has two children and four stepchildren). Juggling work and family life was highly challenging but Barker still managed to succeed.  In addition to the Stevie she also won the Luxury Gift of the Year Award in the UK for her cashmere travel wraps just prior to earning her Stevie.

Since earning the Stevie, The Travelwrap Company has grown significantly.  Still focused on selling primarily travelwraps along with a few small accessories, The Travelwrap Company now offers about 25 colors and designs and also a travelwrap for babies and children, called My Little Travelwrap.  They continue to sell their products online under their brand and have also introduced websites in several languages to sell in three different currencies to international target markets, offering quick free delivery worldwide.  Since earning the Stevie, the company has expanded and its products can now be found at many retailers worldwide.  The Travelwrap Company has also garnered various corporate gift partners. The export business has become the highest growth area for the business. 

As a new business, participating in and winning the Stevie Award gave Barker a new and enormous sense of confidence in her little luxury British brand and her vision and growth plan for the future.  Barker was honored that an international organization like the Stevie Awards and its expert and impressive judging panel believed in and understood just what she was trying to achieve.  According to Barker, it was and still is an amazing journey.     

“Winning the Stevie award was an enormous achievement for me and my business and continues to prove beneficial to our operations every day," she said.  "I still think and talk about the night I accepted my Stevie, when I had to give a speech to a ballroom full of some of the most high-achieving women at a hotel in New York City.   I had no idea of the impact that winning this award would have on our business until checked my e-mail from my hotel room the next morning and online orders had flooded in from across the USA.  At the time,  our small business could hardly cope with it all…a good problem to have! I think the Stevie has also given us a natural affinity with our American audience, and we now have a growing and loyal customer base in America via online and retail outlets.  The Stevie Awards have definitely helped elevate our U.S. presence.”

The entry deadline for the 2013 edition of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business is August 28, and late entries will be accepted through September 25 with payment of a nominal late fee.  Complete entry details are available at

Topics: stevie awards, women awards, women in business awards, women executive awards, women entrepreneur awards, travelwrap company, niamh barker

Where Are They Now? 2008 Stevie Awards Winner Atsuko Matsumura

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 @ 10:54 AM

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organizations they run.

As we approach the entry deadlines for the 2013 competition we'll look back at some of the women who have won Stevie Awards over the past decade.  We'll catch up with them on their current activities, and learn what their Stevie win meant to them and their careers.

Today's profile is of 2008 Stevie winner Atsuko Matsumura.

As president of Actia Inc., Atsuko Matsumura was the first Japanese women in the history of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business competition to win a Gold Stevie Award.

Atsuko MatsumuraMatsumura is the creator of a type of bandana cap for use by hospital patients, which received several awards in Japan for its design and utility. The production was done at a plant located in Hiroshima, Japan, and it was marketed only to some very specific medical institutions in the Kansai area.  Since that time, Matsumura added production sites in Osaka and in Sasebo (in Kyushu).  Sales have now expanded to major hospitals and department stores all over Japan.

Since receiving the Stevie Award, Matsumura has appeared in several popular Japanese magazines and on prominent TV shows. This third-party endorsement of her business and success has helped elevate awareness of her and her Actia.

Matsumura lectures at universities in Japan and abroad (in Taiwan last year and in Shanghai later this year). 

As a result of the Best Asian Entrepreneur Stevie Award achievement, Matsumura's business has grown, based on the increased confidence others now see in her company and its operations.  While Actia was recognized as one of the best entrepreneurs in Asia by the Stevie Awards, Matsumura never loses sight of the fact that she started her business not to make profits but simply to try to help patients as she had first done with her mother-in-law when she was suffering from side effects of medications.

"Since earning the Stevie Award, my business has grown. As the first Japanese woman to win, I am humbled and honored to have earned this award. It continues to positively impact the success of my business.  I try not to forget my initial purpose for starting my business -- to give joy and comfort to many people --  so I donate the profits to organization’s such as the Pink Ribbon Project.  I believe the Stevie Award judges recognized and appreciated the good faith efforts and mission of my business. I had never expected that I would win the Stevie Award as there were many prominent executives in the competition, and I was honored to be recognized.”

The entry deadline for the 2013 edition of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business is August 28, and late entries will be accepted through September 25 with payment of a nominal late fee.  Get complete entry details at

Topics: stevie awards, women awards, women in business awards, women executive awards, women entrepreneur awards, Atsuko Matsumura, actia

How to Win Women Helping Women Awards in the Stevies

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Dec 01, 2011 @ 01:59 PM

Gwen Rhys is the Founder & CEO of Women in the City, London, United Kingdom, and winner of the Women Helping Women Award in the 2011 Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The 2012 edition will open for entries in May - join the mailing list to get the entry kit as soon as it's available.

Gwen RhysIn 2003 Gwen Rhys invited a few women working in the City of London to bring some of their female colleagues to lunch.  The idea gathered momentum and within three months 200 women gathered to hear an inspirational speaker, share experiences, and network. This simple concept became Women in the City (WIC). Led by Gwen, and supported by a small team, WIC has evolved into an organization that promotes, recognizes, and rewards female talent and creates opportunities for women to achieve their career goals.

We asked Gwen’s advice on what she thought were the three most important ways women can help other women in the business environment today.  Here are her suggestions.

1. Recommend other women—it reflects well on you.

 Men “get” the power of recommendation. Let’s say Peter recommends John for a job in Bob’s team and the recommendation works out well. This reflects well on Peter, and Bob says: “That guy Peter’s great, he really knows how to spot talent.”

For some reason women rarely do this.  Are we nervous in case our recommendation won’t work out?  Go ahead: Make that recommendation. This is one of the unwritten rules of the game!

2. Support other women—don’t be a bitch!

Men close ranks and support one another.  How often have you seen that in meetings?  Aren’t you amazed at the way men cover for each other?

Women need to do that for one another, too.  Far too many women are bitches! They’re just waiting for the moment to show up someone else’s faults and weaknesses.

Learn from the boys. Support your female colleagues. Make sure they know you’re doing this … and make sure you get their support when you need it!

3. Speak up—celebrate your successes.

 Men are forever “bigging themselves up.” They are always the fastest, richest, most intelligent; they’ve traveled further, climbed higher, dug deeper … they haven’t really, but they just can’t help speaking in superlatives.  

Women—who have usually achieved MUCH more—say things like: “Oh, it was nothing really.”

Speak up for your female colleagues and friends. More important, find your own voice.  Learn to big yourself up.  Say: “Yes, I did really well on that project!”

A Signature Event
The annual Women in the City Celebration Lunch is a sell-out each year and has become one of the City of London’s signature events. Like all WIC gatherings, the lunch has a motivating and inspiring atmosphere, created in large part by Gwen’s energy and passion, and supported by the meticulous event management of WIC’s Program Manager, Marianne Bosak.

This annual luncheon includes an awards presentation, a keynote speaker, and in 2007 Gwen created the Woman of Achievement Award.  This award, presented after the lunch, recognizes senior women who, in addition to fulfilling a demanding job, are actively supporting the progress of women. Winning this award enables highly successful women to raise their profile internally and externally, with many gaining promotion to the very highest of levels.  The overall winner of this award is offered a complimentary place on the Accelerated Development Program held on the London campus of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

In 2010, WIC added a second award: The Future Leaders Award, presented at a breakfast event each July.  The award identifies high-potential women leaders and includes a place on the Cranfield School of Management Accelerated Talent Development Program.

In 2012, WIC will host its 10th Anniversary Women in the City Celebration Lunch. Gwen plans to add one special award for this occasion: International Businesswoman of the Decade.

Key to Success
Gwen’s ability to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships is key to WIC’s success.   This year she has secured award sponsorship from global brands such as Google, Barclays Capital, Barclays Wealth, Bluefin, Heidrick & Struggles, niche City of London caterers Lusso, and the growing software business Patients Know Best.  WIC has partnered with leading academic institutions including the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Cranfield School of Management, and has gained backing from major professional institutions in the U.K., including the Chartered Institute of Insurance, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Facilities Management Association, and the British Bankers’ Association. Leading women’s organizations such as The Association of Women in Property, the Medical Women’s Federation, and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists all endorse the WIC awards program and help judge the candidates.  Gwen has gained support for her activities from numerous organizations and companies, including accessories brand knomo, Charles Worthington hair products, and The Museum of London Docklands.

Internship Program
Through WIC’s Internship Program, female students are able to network beyond their usual circles, gain confidence from hosting at events, speak with enthusiasm about WIC at interviews, acquire valuable business and life skills, and secure jobs.

WIC Foundation
In 2011 Gwen set up the WIC Foundation. Says Gwen: “The aim of the WIC Foundation is to enable individuals to make better-informed and more aspirational career choices.”  She is partnering with The Capital Community Foundation to run a pilot program in 2012, and she has already secured funding from AXA Commercial, Bradshaw Property Associates, MITIE Client Services, and Ryland House Galleries, as well as from Major Rowena Patrick (in memory of her mother, who was named after Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British suffragette movement). She plans to launch a major fundraising campaign to further the Foundation’s development in the first quarter of 2013. 

About Gwen Rhys
Gwen Rhys set up her first business in 1979 and sold it in 1987. She has initiated UK-wide projects that have forged links between business and education.  In 1995 she started ew-network to support female entrepreneurs. Gwen continued to run this network while setting up the talent and leadership development organization Networking Culture Limited. She launched Women in the City in 2003.

Gwen is a Liveryman and Court Assistant in the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers; was named Management Champion by the CMI City Branch in 2009; is a Town Councillor; and is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

About Women in the City
Launched in 2003, Women in the City has developed a strong brand presence in London's business hubs. It promotes, recognizes, and rewards female talent; runs a highly successful annual lunch and an awards program; and offers other products and services to support professional businesswomen.  For more information go to

Topics: stevie awards, women awards, women in business awards, Awards for Women, women entrepreneur awards

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

Topics: women in business awards, Women in Business, preliminary judges, women entrepreneur awards

Meet the Final Judges of the 2011 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 @ 02:44 PM

Last week we announced the Finalists in the 2011 (8th annual) Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the world's premiere honors for women entrepreneurs, executives, and the organizations they run.

This week the final judging process began, to determine the Stevie Award winner in each category from among the Finalists, and the process continues through the end of next week.

Here are the members of the final judging committees who are working hard to determine this year's winners, which will be announced at our 8th annual awards dinner in New York on Friday, November 11 (tickets are now on sale).  Thanks to all of them for their hard word and passion!

What do you think of our judging panels?


Women in BusinessSherry Chris, CEO
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC
Parsippany, New Jersey, USA

Dea Benson, Chief Accounting Officer
Parsippany, New Jersey, USA

Denise Blasevick, CEO/Founding Partner
The S3 Agency
Boonton, New Jersey, USA

Elise Contarsy, VP Brand Licensing
Meredith Corporation
New York, New York, USA

Susan DeFranca, President & CEO
Doutlas Elliman Developments
New York, New York, USA

Elizabeth Gehringer, SVP Corporate Compliance
Parsippany, New Jersey, USA

Jennifer Green, Managing Director
World 50, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Racquel Harris, VP, Marketing
Kraft Foods, Iinc.
Northfield, Illinois, USA

Dottie Herman, President & CEO
Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate
New York, New York, USA

Shannon King, Founder
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Jean Brandolini Lamb, Director, Global Branding
New York, New York, USA

Karen Mayfield, SVP, National Mortgage Sales Manager
Bank of the West
San Francisco, California, USA
Molly O'Neill, Managing Director
DeVries Public Relations
New York, New York, USA

Wendy Purvey, CMO
Sotheby's Realty
Parsippany, New Jersey, USA

Tanya Reu, SVP, Human Resources
Parsippany, New Jersey, USA

Kelly Roark, VP, Interactive Sales & Development
Scripps Networks Interactive
New York, New York, USA

Bernice Ross, CEO
Austin, Texas, USA

Stephanie Smirnov, President & CCO
DeVries Public Relations
Leonia, New Jersey, USA

Bev Thorne, CMO
Century 21
Parsippany, New Jersey, USA

Tracy Weir, Chief Marketing Officer
Inman News
Alameda, California, USA

Anne Wilkie, Director, Business Development
Invesco Ltd.
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Marti Winer, VP, Event Marketing and Communications
Wyndham Hotel Group
Parsippany, New Jersey, USA

Leslie Appleton Young, Chief Economist
California Association of Realtors
Los Angeles, California, USA

Rosanne Zusman, SVP, Global Brand Marketing
Wyndham Hotel Group
Parsippany, New Jersey, USA


Women in BusinessAnne Walker, MBE, Founder & CEO
International Dance Supplies Ltd
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom

Allison Coyne, Choreographer/Director
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Susan Epstein, Vice President
West Park Productions
New York, New York, USA

Sally Henley, Town Development Manager
Newton Abbot Town Centre Partnership
Exeter, United Kingdom

Shamina Krishna, Curriculum Development, Research & Advanced Training Unit Head
Smart Reader® Worldwide Sdn. Bhd.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jackie Lee, Managing Director
The Dolls House Emporium
Ripley, United Kingdom

Judy Lever, Executive Chairman
Collier Campbell Ltd
London, United Kingdom

Carrie Molay, Director
MK Venture Partners
New York, New York, USA
Varvara Milovanova, Entrepreneur
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Lorraine O'Neill, Director
Luxury Online Pty Ltd
Parrearra, Queensland, Australia

Jane Revell-Higgins, Managing Director
Synergy Partnership Ltd
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom

Steven Sirico, President
Dance Teacher Web
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

Sarah Smith, Manager
The Bridal Gallery
Coventry, United Kingdom

Rosemary Stockdale, Managing Director
Sterling Marketing Ltd
London, United Kingdom

Dr. K H Wang, Group Executive Director
Smart Reader® Worldwide Sdn. Bhd.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Helen Watson, Managing Director
SES Recruitment
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom


Women in BusinessCHAIR:
Lisa Jones, CEO
EyeMail Inc.
Marietta, Georgia, USA

Ahmed Alhai, BRM Specialist
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Nagabhushan Balaji, Executive Vice President, Internal Control & Compliance
Dubai First
Dubai, UAE
Victoria Barnett, Senior Marketing Executive
Royal College of Nursing
London, United Kingdom

Alison Basa, Senior Executive
National Health Service
London, United Kingdom

Janet Beale, Manager, Platform Investment Implementation
MLC Limited
East Lindfield, NSW, Australia

Georgie Blake, Director
Marine Technicians Australia
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Heena Sunil Bulchandani, Training & Development Specialist
Dubai, UAE

Dr. Kate Darcy Hohenthal, Founder
The Birthday Club
Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Yvonne Howie, Chief Executive/NSW
The CEO Institute
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Anne Jefferies, Performance Scorecards & Supplier Benchmarking
Glasgow, Scotland

Jennifer Lyon
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Gordon, NSW, Australia

Karen McFadzen, VP Technical Services
Cisco Systems
Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia

Dianne Morris, Researcher
Imperial College
London, United Kingdom

Charles Olsson, Managing Director
Stockfeed Purchasing Pty Ltd
Crestmead, Queensland, Australia

Janine Popick, CEO/Founder
Vertical Response, Inc.
San Francisco, California, USA

Emma Real, Corporate Communications Specialist
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dennis Reno, VP, Customer Experience
San Francisco, California, USA

Shaikha Tariq Salim                              
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Susan Savage, General Manager
MICROS Fidelio Australia
South Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia

Julia Zamorska, Vice President, Corporate Communications
iolo technologies
Los Angeles, California, USA


Women in BusinessSusan M. Kidd, CEO
DRT Strategies, Inc.
Coronado, California, USA

Sonja Beaubien, Finance Professional
Washington, DC,  USA

Margo Burnette, CEO
ImpaQ Solutions
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Andrea Chiou, Principal
ASC Consulting
Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Danielle Cogar, COO
Laurel, Maryland, USA

Jennifer Commander, Partner
Alexandria Clinical Research
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Stephanie Eskins, President
Sterling, Virginia, USA

Julie Henderson, President
Spoiled Rotten Dogs, inc.
Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Misty Jordan, VP
Compusearch Software Systems
Dulles, Virginia, USA

Cathy Lange, President
BusinessWorks of America, Inc.
McLean, Virginia, USA

Beth Maloney, President
Palladian Partners
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Nidia Raya Martinez, Knowledge Management Specialist
University of Sydney
Botany, NSW, Australia

Kimberly Mayo, Deputy Chief
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Law Enforcement/
Federal Air Marshal Service
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Peggy McShane, President
Net New Growth
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Beth Meagher, Director  
Deloitte Consulting
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Deborah Moyer, President
Moyer Consulting Group
Sterling, Virginia, USA

Andrea Myslicki, Director Strategic Programs
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Toni Potter, Director
Dulles, Virginia, USA

Tara E. Roche, VP Sales and Client Relations,
Eastern Region
Diva Limousine LTD.
New York, New York, USA

Kristen Staples, Owner
Koru Photography
Aldie, Virginia, USA


Women in Business CHAIR: Tereson Dupuy, CEO
Fuzzibunz, LLC
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Joan Boudreaux, Attorney
Broussard, Louisiana, USA

Erin Butler, Executive
Fedex International
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Julie Calzone, CEO
Calzone & Associates
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Penny Edwards, Owner
Pennimo Productions
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Jennifer Finke, CEO
Red Jeweled Media
Denver, Colorado, USA

Patricia Gannon, Editor
LA Femme Film Festival

Marina Go, Publisher
Independent Digital Media
Alexandria, NSW, Australia

Gena Gregerson, Owner
For the Monster
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

Lonnie Hill, Engineer
City of Mesquite
Dallas, Texas, USA

Kat Leonard, Executive
Zulily, Inc.
Seattle, Washington, USA

Kaan ÖZSÖKMEN, Agent Manager
K-Tex Sourcing & Buying Agency
Istanbul, Turkey

Elif Molla ÖZSÖKMEN, Chief Merchandiser
K-Tex Sourcing & Buying Agency
Istanbul, Turkey

Bobbi-Jean Palmer, Owner
Diaper Shops
South Paris, Maine, USA

Angie Philip, CEO
Reach Me
Auckland, New Zealand

Angela Powell, Owner
BumRite Diapers
Napa, California, USA

Jolene Powell, Owner
Sweet Cheeks
Auckland, New Zealand

Jeanette Rougee, Owner
Mike Rougee Inc
Kenner, Louisiana, USA

Addie Sorbo, President
Strawberry Fields Designs
Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA

Nataljia Sudina, CEO
Best 4 Kids, London, United Kingdom

Nancy Trahan, Executive
whitney Bank
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Kelly Wels, Author
Hebron, Maine, USA


Women in BusinessCHAIR:
Jennifer Rotner,  Owneer
Elite Editing
New York, New York, USA

Laurie Albo, Director
Maryland Financial Investors
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Donna Balinkie, President
FireDrive Marketing Group
Owings Mills, Maryland, USA

Monica Berrocosa, CCO/Founder
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Karen Brennan, Vice President
Lippe Taylor
New York, New York, USA

Melissa Casalena, Lead Designer
Greek Streak
Reisterstown, Maryland, USA

Liz Cassedy, Director of Product Development
Nations Photo Lab
Laurel, Maryland, USA

Will Davis, Managing Partner
Right Source Marketing
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Rachel Fishman Fedderson, Editorial Director
New York, New York, USA

Lisa Goldberg, Director, Marketing Services
VetCentric, Inc.
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Latoya Hamilton, Manager, Business Development
NYC & Company
New York, New York, USA

Nicole Hirsch, President
Ty Lucas
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Ronford Howell, CEO
Bottle Service
New York, New York, USA

Alexander Kouts, Senior Manager, Consumer Products
Mountain View, California, USA

Kristin Knoerlein, Creative Director
Nottigham, Maryland, USA

Katherine McDonald, Marketing Manager
New York, New York, USA

Sophie Roberts, Senior Writer
NYC & Company
New York, New York, USA

Liz Rowell, Managing Director
Red Ark
St Leonards, NSW, Australia

Jessica Watson
CEO/Creative Director
Jwatson Creative
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Topics: judging, stevie awards, women awards, women in business awards, judges, women entrepreneur awards