WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fourteen exemplary women business leaders will receive the nation's premier award for excellence among Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) bestowed by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) at its Salute to Women's Business Enterprises. The gala evening of March 20, 2014, is the concluding event to WBENC's annual Summit & Salute convening some 1,500 corporate and government executives, WBEs and members of WBENC's Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA.
"WBENC's 14 WBE Stars are exceptional leaders whose accomplishments make a powerful and positive impact on their industries and their communities," said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC, the nation's leader in women's business development.
Inspired by WBENC's theme "Join Forces. Succeed Together.", the Summit & Salute is designed to drive business development and collaborative success among WBENC's Corporate and Government Members and WBEs. Sponsored by Accenture and Ernst & Young, the three-day event provides vital access to the thought leaders, business intelligence and senior-level networking opportunities that enable sustainable growth.
The 2014 WBENC WBE Stars are selected by WBENC's 14 RPOs, which process WBENC's world-class certification of WBEs, in addition to providing skills- and business-building programs in their respective regions.
The following are the 2014 WBENC Women's Business Enterprise Stars, along with the RPOs they each represent:
Judith Anderson, CEO
Identity Systems, Inc.
Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council
Nancy Balkcom, President
Greater Women's Business Council
Lisa Michele Chretien, President
Women's Business Enterprise Council—West
Jacqueline Cleary, CEO
Atlas Data Systems, LLC
Women Presidents' Educational Organization – NY
Peggy Del Fabbro, CEO
M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ
Lili Hall, President/CEO
Women's Business Development Center-Chicago
Jane Henry, President
Women's Business Enterprise Alliance
Jennifer Jeansonne, CEO
Eagle Consulting, LLC
Women's Business Enterprise Council-South
Barbara Levine, CEO
Exam Coordinators Network
Women's Business Development Center-Florida
Royalyn Reid, President
Consumer & Market Insights, LLC
Women's Business Council-Southwest
Kim Sherrie Sawyer, President & General Counsel
The Locator Services Group Ltd.
Center for Women & Enterprise
Elizabeth Schmidt, CEO
Atlas Tool, Inc.
Women's Business Enterprise Council-Great Lakes
Karen Sutter, President
Sutter Design, Inc.
Women Presidents' Educational Organization – DC
Barbara I. Wichmann, CEO
ARTEMIA Communications, Inc.
Astra Women's Business Alliance
SOURCE Women's Business Enterprise National Council