OAKBROOK, Ill., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EY today announced that Michelle Vondrasek, President, Von Technologies, LLC has been chosen as one of the 12 entrepreneurs selected for the 2015 North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program. EY helps the winners accelerate the growth of their companies through training, advice and access to the resources and networks necessary to grow their companies into formidable forces in their respective industries.
This year's diverse class of winners is comprised of some of the most promising women in business today. As a group, they average $11.3 million in revenue with a combined $136 million in revenue. Their three-year growth rate is 164%, and their companies average 116 employees. This year's winners faced more competition than ever. EY received record numbers of qualified applications and nominations, and saw a sharp rise in applicants in STEM-related fields. Twenty-eight percent of this year's applicants were in the technology sector, compared to 9% in 2014.
Since Vondrasek founded Von Technologies in 2006, the telecommunication deployment company has experienced rapid growth by helping carriers such as AT&T and many of the large equipment distributors such as SHI deploy wired and wireless solutions across the country. Much of the company's success is a result of their collaborative approach, flexible service delivery model, and key strategic partnerships enable Von Technologies to offer a full suite of infrastructure, voice, wireless and consultative solutions.
Vondrasek said, “I am honored to be recognized as one of North America’s Top Women Entrepreneurs by EY. Von Technologies has had to overcome the high barriers in a male dominated industry. Women leaders statistically receive fewer opportunities, contacts and funding access than their male counterparts. EY recognizes the impact this has on women trying to scale their organizations. By bringing women to the table different perspectives and ideas can be presented that haven’t been capitalized on in the past.”
Launched in North America in 2008, Entrepreneurial Winning Women is a national competition and executive education program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs from the United States and Canada.
The entrepreneurs are selected by a panel of independent judges and participate in a customized program designed by EY to catalyze their companies' growth by accessing seasoned business advisors, improving business know-how, expanding external investment options and providing increased visibility. The program continues to help the entrepreneurs in the years that follow their initial selection. Many past winners stay engaged in this community where they find like-minded peers with common values, purpose and entrepreneurial ambition.
"The women in this year's class have achieved remarkable things in their careers and for their companies. Through our experience as business advisors and the rich entrepreneurial ecosystem we convene, we can help these entrepreneurs overcome obstacles to achieve their full ambitions," says Kerrie MacPherson, Principal, Financial Services Office, Ernst & Young LLP, and EY North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women Executive Sponsor.
The 12 members of the Entrepreneurial Winning Women class of 2015 received an all-expenses paid trip to the EY Strategic Growth Forum® 2015, a CEO invitation-only gathering of more than 2,000 high-growth business leaders held this week in Palm Springs, CA. The conference presents a one-of-a-kind platform for Entrepreneurial Winning Women to introduce their companies and integrate into a community of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® winners, top executives, prospective investors and business advisors. The 2015 class members were introduced and honored today at a celebratory luncheon hosted by Steve Howe, Chairman of Ernst & Young LLP and EY Americas Managing Partner, at the EY Strategic Growth Forum.
The entrepreneurs were selected for the 2015 program by a panel of independent judges:
- Mike Cohen, Managing General Partner, VG Partners
- Sarah Kauss, Founder and CEO, S'well (and a member of the 2014 Class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women)
- Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Cadenza Innovation, LLC (formerly Founder and CEO, Boston-Power)
- Steve Streit, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Green Dot Corporation
An investment in the advancement of women that now spans more than 30 countries worldwide, the Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is part of EY Women. Fast forward, a global platform designed to accelerate the achievement of global gender parity.
"Women's advancement and leadership are central to business performance and economic prosperity," says Lisa Schiffman, EY Director and Global Co-lead, Women. Fast forward. "Through this accelerator and programs such as Entrepreneurial Winning Women, we are using our influence and resources to catalyse opportunities for women in the workforce and advance their interests around the world."
Entrepreneurial Winning Women is conducted in collaboration with several organizations that encourage the development of women-owned businesses, including the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), The Committee of 200 (C200), Golden Seeds, the Kauffman Foundation and Babson College's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership. For more information on the program, visit ey.com/winningwomen.
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