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Help us reach our goal to send young women to the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference to attend workshops, participate in leadership training, and experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by some of the finest women entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the globe


Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Initiative

Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Initiative Celebrating and Inspiring the Next Generation of Young Enterprising Women

The Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Program provides high school girls with an opportunity to meet and connect with outstanding women entrepreneurs in their community at a local event—a breakfast, lunch or afternoon forum—designed to recognize their leadership potential, inspire them to dream big, and focus on the next steps to realize their potential as entrepreneurs or leaders in STEM-based fields and other industries.

Enterprising Women is a partner in the Million Women Mentors Project and has committed to bringing a focus on opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to high school girls who may not have role models or mentors. Over the next 20 years, STEM-based industries will lead the way and participation among girls is still lagging in technology, engineering, and related fields. With its strong network of successful women entrepreneurs, Enterprising Women is uniquely positioned to connect outstanding women entrepreneurial leaders with high school girls, many of whom will be the first generation in their families to attend college or may be from at-risk communities where mentoring options are limited or not available.

In communities where mentorship programs do exist, the Enterprising Women Foundation Program will provide existing mentoring programs for high school young women with a unique resource to enhance their programming. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from highly successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders from a wide range of industries—many from STEM-based fields.

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The last day for a refund for the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards event is February 7, 2016. No refunds will be allowed after that date.

2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Honorable Mention

• Hima Kolanagireddy, ASCII Group, LLC, Farmington, Mic.
• Catherine M. Tojaga, CT Mechanical, Lombard, Ill.
• Simona Faroni, G.S. Gelato and Desserts, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
• Juliet Shrader, iVantage Group, Brighton, Mic.
• Loni Mouton, Access Land & Title Services, Inc., Metairie, La.
• Christine Lotze, Philosophy IB, LLP, Florham Park, N.J.
• Deborah Wooldridge, DW Training and Development, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif.
• Debbie Drury, Market Doctors, Dickinson, TX
• Rashi A. Khosla, MARS IT Corp., Wauwatosa, WI
• Danielle Hughes, Divine Capital Markets LLC, New York, N.Y.
• Megan Buzzetta, Global Planners, Inc., Hamilton, N.J.
• Joaneane A. Smith, Global Commerce and Services, LLC, Harvey, La.
• Barbara Wichmann, ARTEMIA Communications, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
• Christy Lamagna, Strategic Meetings & Events, Bernardsville, N.J.
• Robin Franks, TGE Resources, Inc., Houston, TX
• Cindi Shelby, R Meyers, Nichols Hills, Okla.
• Shari Yocum, Tasman Consulting, LLC, San Francisco, Calif.
• Connie Golleher, The Golleher Group, LLC, McLean, Va.
• Twyla N. Garrett, IME, Washington, DC
• Vandana Mehrotra, Meteonic Innovation Pvt Ltd., Bangalore, India
• Susan Munro, Hybrid Edit, Marina del Rey, Calif.
• Stacy Francis, Francis Financial, New York, N.Y.
• Patricia Vice, CRM, FAI, CRM & Associates, Inc., Houston, TX
• Sassa Akervall, Akervall Technologies Inc., Saline, Mich.
• Julianne Erhart-Graves, Worley Erhart-Graves Financial Advisors, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
• Sandy Wyman, Tidestone Solutions, Portland, ME
• Shelly Aberson, Aberson Narotzky & White, Inc., Kenilworth, N.J.
• Joyce Brocaglia, Alta Associates and the Executive Women's Forum, Flemington, N.J.
• Hilary Kaye, HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications, Tustin, Calif.
• Lisa Fairclough, Fairclough Realtors and Property Managers (Lisa Fairclough Enterprises), Sparta, N.J.
• Johnette Van Eeden, Star Wellness, Euless, TX
• Andrea Mason, barre3, Oklahoma City, Okla.
• Carrie Brewer Martinez, CM Productions, Inc., Dallas, TX
• Karin Caro, BluChip Marketing, Smithtown, N.Y.
• Carrie Rich, The Global Good Fund, Arlington, Va.
• Heather Howell, Rooibee Red Tea, Louisville, Ky.
• Madeline Ann Lewis, PhD, Executive Women's Success Institute, Upper Marlboro, Md.
• Heather Anne Sams, HAS Art Solutions, Jacksonville, Fla.
• Natasha Pongonis, Nativa, a Multicultural Communications Agency, Columbus, OH
• Sharon W. Reynolds, DevMar Products, LLC, Nashville, Tenn.
• Kristin Carrington, Carrington Risk Consulting, LLC, Ft. Myers Beach, Fla.
• Susan McCormick, M.S., The Wellness Connection, LLC, Stone Ridge, Va.
• Della Simpson, Relan, Mendota Heights, Minn.
• Memuna Williams, Avantgarde Translations, Charlotte, N.C.
• Jacqueline E. Muller, 3DOM (Asia Pacific) Ltd., Hong Kong
• Moni Singh, STEM For Kids, Raleigh, N.C.

Enterprising Women Magazine Recognizes The World's Foremost Businesswomen For Their Leadership, Mentorship And Community Involvement

RALEIGH, N.C., May, 2015 – Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, recognized Dr. Patricia Greene, Dr. Marsha Firestone, Kathryn Homeyer, Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, Tukwini Mandela and Nely Galån as special honorees during the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, an annial tribute the the world's top women entrepreneurs, from March 29 to 31 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Greene is the 2015 Enterprising Women Hall of Fame inductee. She holds the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she formerly served as provost from 2006 to 2008 and dean of the Undergraduate School from 2003 to 2006. Her current assignment at Babson is as the academic director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and 10,000 Women initiative. Greene is the founding member of the Diana Project, a research group focusing on women entrepreneurs, a federal appointee to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Development Centers, and the co-owner of Artworks, a specialty home goods store in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Firestone is a recipient of the 2015 Enterprising Women Legacy Award. She is president and founder of the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), with a mission to serve as a peer advisory group for women who own multi-million dollar businesses. Today WPO has 1,800 members in 120 global chapters including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, North Africa, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Firestone also founded the Women Presidents' Educational Organization, which is dedicated to increasing access to business opportunities for women's business enterprises. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is an original member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.

Homeyer is a recipient of the 2015 Enterprising Women Legacy Award. She is director for the UPS Supplier Diversity Program, where she manages internal and external programs designed to increase representation of small, minority- and women-owned businesses in UPS's supplier network. Homeyer is also involved with Corporate Procurement Commodities purchasing opportunites. Retiring from her UPS post in June, she has been a longtime member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and strong advocate for the publication. She is actively involved in the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Makaziwe Mandela, CEO of House of Mandela, and her daughter Tukwini, director of marketing, were recipients of the Legacy Award for their company, a winery they founded in South Africa to honor the legacy of late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The eldest daughter and granddaughter of the famed leader,,the mother-daughter team are leading one of the few South African women-owned wineries, incorporating the values and mission of the Mandela name into the company.

Galån is the recipient of the 2015 Enterprising Women Advocacy Award. Serving as the president of Telemundo, Galån was the first Latina president of a United States television network and the first Latina to appear on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Donald Trump. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the reality series "The Swan". Galån is the founder of the Adelante Movement, which means "Move Forward!", to build a grassroot movement that empowers Latinas financially and through entrepreneurship across the country. Adelante encourages Latinas to play a key role in American society, economics and politics.

"We are honored to induct Patti Greene into our Hall of Fame, and recognize our Legacy Award and Advocacy Award winners for the important work they are doing to advance women's entrepreneurship and create a lasting legacy in the women's business community," said Smiley. "This annual celebration is a perfect opportunity for us to honor such leaders and encourage women to share their own best practices, successes and opportunities."

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Enterprising Women Magazine Announces its Class of 2015
Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes Top Women Entrepreneurs

RALEIGH, N.C. Feb. 9, 2015 – Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, has announced the winners of the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world's top women entrepreneurs. Honorees will be recognized at the 13th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards & Conference, Sunday, March 29 to Tuesday, March 31 at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women's entrepreneurship.

Award winners were recognized in seven categories this year: annual sales revenues of more than $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $25 million and up to $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $10 million and up to $25 million; annual sales revenues of more than $5 million and up to $10 million; annual sales revenues of more than $2 million and up to $5 million; annual sales revenues of more than $1 million and up to $2 million; and annual sales revenues of up to $1 million.

Winners in the "over $100 million in annual revenues" category:

• Kay Ivie, Ivie & Associates, Inc., Flower Mound, TX
• Beatriz Manetta, Argent Associates, Inc., Plano, TX
• Jennifer Maier, WDS, Inc., Lake Wylie, S.C.
• Julia Fournier, HCMWorks, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
• Veronica Muzquiz Edwards, InGenesis, Inc., San Antonio, TX
• Camille Thomas, JMC Retail Group, Minneapolis, Minn.

Winners in the "over $25 million and up to $100 Million in annual revenues" category:

• Raegan Moya-Jones, Aden & Anais, Inc, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Traci Lounsbury, ELEMENTS, Denver, Colo.
• Lisa Sackuvich, ARJ Infusion Services, Lenexa, Kan.
• Diane Medley, MCM LLP, Louisville, Ky.
• Noreen King, Evolve Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., Mountain View, Calif.
• Carol Hackbarth, Hackbarth Delivery Service, Mobile, Ala.
• Mary K. Davenport, TransTech IT Staffing, Itasca, Ill.
• Marygrace Sexton, Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company, Fort Pierce, Fla.
• Jennifer Jeansonne, Eagle Consulting, LLC, Belle Chasse, La.

Winners in the "over $10 million and up to $25 Million in annual revenues" category:

• Britnie Turner, Aerial Development Group, Nashville, Tenn.
• Tammy Cohen, InfoMart, Inc., Marietta, Ga.
• Marie Seipenko, Preferred Solutions, Northville, Mich.
• Patty Comer, AccruePartners, Charlotte, N.C.
• Sylvana Coche, Gravity Pro Consulting, LLC, San Clemente, Calif.
• Fiona Gathright, Wellness Corporate Solutions, LLC, Bethesda, Md.
• Paula Lombard, WEXCO Industries, Pine Brook, N.J.
• Hetal Parikh, Rangam Consultants Inc., Somerset, N.J.
• Olga Smirnova, Global Language Solutions, Irvine, Calif.
• Barbara Issett, IQ Business Events, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
• Sheila Benson, Employment Screening Services, Birmingham, Ala.
• Lauren Herring, IMPACT Group, St. Louis, Mo.
• Joy E. Taylor, TayganPoint Consulting Group, LLC, Lambertville, N.J.
• Deborah C. Weaver, Midwest Litigation Services, St. Louis, Mo.
• Claudia Mirza, Elahi Enterprises, Inc., dba, Akorbi, Plano, TX
• Marilyn Grabowski, AtlanticInfra, Wall, N.J.
• Mary Miller, JANCOA Janitorial Services, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
• Angela Lee, The Happy Point Resto Group, Chicago, Ill.
• Diana Harbour, The Red Dress Boutique, Athens, Ga.
• Natalie McDonald, Create NYC, New York, N.Y.

Winners in the "over $5 million and up to $10 Million in annual revenues" category:

• Jean Thompson, Seattle Chocolate Company, Seattle, Wash.
• Carol Fitzgerald, Buzzback LLC, New York, N.Y.
• Mandy Gilbert, Creative Niche Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
• Tabatha Turman, Integrated Finance & Accounting Solutions, LLC, Woodbridge, Va.
• Billie Bryant Schultz, CESCO, Inc., Dallas, TX
• Carolyn Williams Francis, Williams Interior Designs, Inc., Columbus, OH
• Victoria L. Vasques, Tribal Tech, LLC, Alexandria, Va.
• Brooke Partridge, Vital Wave, Palo Alto, Calif.
• Lisa Rosenthal, The Mayvin Consulting Group, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
• Carla Percy, The Mayvin Consulting Group, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
• Teresa Sherald, Diversity Search Group, Columbus, OH
• Stacy D. Phillips, Phillips Lerner, A Law Coroporation, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Susan Gilbert, APOGEE Interactive, Inc., Tucker, Ga.
• Ellen Dickson, Bailey Edward Design, Inc., Chicago, Ill.
• Sue Bennett, Bennett Design Associates, Inc., Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada
• Mashell Carissimi, JMC Electrical Contractor, LLC, Saint Clair Shores, Mich.

Winners in the "over $2 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues" category:

• CJ Stafford, Stafford Communications Group, Inc., New Providence, N.J.
• Jennah Purk, CPA, MST, Purk & Associates, P.C., St. Louis, Mo.
• Eugenia Rangel Vera, Tabiques y Acabados de Ceramica SA de C.V., Juarez, Mexico
• Crystal Arlington, Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group, Inc., Erie, Pa.
• Melissa Lackey, Standing Partnership, St. Louis, Mo.
• Heidi Krupp, Krupp Communications, New York, N.Y.
• Melanie Querry, Beyond Spots & Dots, Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Ania Rodriguez, Key Lime Interactive, Doral, Fla.
• Emily Merson, Global Experiences, Annapolis, Md.
• Kathy Palokoff, Firestarter, Baltimore, Md.
• Dorothy Botsi-Tulare, Botho Ubuntu Cleaning, Johannesburg, South Africa
• Delois Babiker, Intellectual Concepts, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.
• Reginalea Sturns-Kemp, Kemp & Sons General Services, Fort Worth, TX
• Gabriela Leon Gutierrez, Gresmex, Naucalpan City, Mexico
• Tanya Little, Hart Advisors Group, LLC, Dallas, TX
• Jane Sydlowski, AMI Strategies, Livonia, Mich.
• Ann K. Luciani, First Capital Engineering, York, Pa.

Winners in the "over $1 million and up to $2 million in annual revenues" category:

• Linda A. Fanaras, Millennium Integrated Marketing, Manchester, N.H.
• Adie Horowitz, Licenders, New York, N.Y.
• Debbie Oberbillig, Allen Partners, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
• Melinda Maine Garvey, AW Media, Austin, TX
• Susan L. Dawson, Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
• Charmane H. Sellers, ALEON Properties, Inc., Austin, TX
• Diana Peters, Symbol Training Institute, Skokie, Ill.
• Francine Friedman Griesing, Griesing Law, LLC, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Dr. Angela Marshall, Comprehensive Women's Health, Inc., Silver Spring, Md.
• Moira Vetter, Modo Modo Agency, Atlanta, Ga.

Winners in the "up to $1 million in annual revenues" category:

• Rashi Bajaj, Carpet Couture by Rashi, New Delhi, India
• Marla Rausch, Animation Vertigo, Irvine, Calif.
• Latoya Bullard-Franklin, The Bulsard Group, LLC, Houston, TX
• Deborah K. Delaney, Touching Lives Adult Day Services, Savage, Minn.\
• Kathy Kamei, Kathy Kamei Designs, Kentfield, Calif.
• Tena Z. Payne, Earthborn Studios, Inc., Leeds, Ala.
• Maria Teresa Cepeda Casasus, Imaging Supplies de Mexico SA, Mexico City, Mexico
• Jeri J. Brooks, One World Strategy Group, LLC, Houston, TX
• Dr. Marlene N. Mahipat, Mediquest, LLC, Randallstown, Md.
• Kelly Ehlers, Evoke Brands, Inc., Madison, Wis.
• Dana Marlowe, Accessibility Partners, Silver Spring, Md.
• Elaine Gordon, Gordon ADR, LLC, Westbrook, Conn.
• Chandra Moore, coG-studio, Detroit, Mich.
• Sheila Stenhouse Lee, Sheila Lee & Associates, LLC, Baltimore, Md.
• Sandra Sassow, SEaB Energy Limited, Southhampton, United Kingdom
• Yaneek Page, Future Services International, Kingston, Jamaica
• Sandy Riser, SwanRise Productions and The Next Level Business Solutions, Tucson, Ariz.

The 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration and Conference will bring together dynamic women business owners from North America and around the world for two full days of top-notch workshops, networking opportunities, corporate sponsor exhibits, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on award winners and finalists, with award presentations at the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Gala Dinner. During the annual "Hall of Fame Luncheon," one woman entrepreneur will be inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, an outstanding nonprofit will receive the 2015 Advocacy Award, and two women will be recognized with the 2015 Legacy Award.

The event is open to winners and finalists of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award, corporate supporters, members of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board, VIPs in the women's business community, readers of Enterprising Women magazine, and members of the many partner organizations affiliated with Enterprising Women.

Partner organizations represented on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and supporting the 2015 event include:

• The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO)
• Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
• Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
• National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
• National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
• Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)
• The Global Initiative for Women's Entrepreneurship Research
• Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
• Quantum Leaps
• Springboard Enterprise
• UnitedSucces
• Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC)/Women Entrepreneurs Inc. (WE)
• Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence
• Women's Leadership Exchange
• The International Alliance for Women (TIAW)
• Asian Women in Business (AWIB)
• eWomenNetwork (EWN)
• Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC)
• National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB)


"When this awards program began 13 years ago, there were only a handful of nominees in what was then the highest revenue category – over $10 million in annual revenues. This growth reflects the fact that more women are scaling their businesses to the $100 million plus level. The Enterprising Women of the Year Award has grown each year in prestige and stature so women entrepreneurs at all levels want to be recognized with this award for the great work they are doing. We could not be more proud of the outstanding women who make up the Enterprising Women Class of 2015," Smiley said.


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Enterprising Women, with headquarters in Cary, North Carolina, is the nation's only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women's businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the online edition of the magazine reaches nearly one million readers in 185 countries. For more information, please visit or call (919) 362-1551.

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The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

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