Women of Industry: Our new crown jewel!

From the pages of In Business magazine.

I often use my monthly column to announce a forthcoming IB program that our devoted readers can use for business or personal growth. This time, the focus is on one such awards program that has quickly become one of our crown jewels.

The program is IB’s “Women of Industry,” which will once again include a print and online feature story along with an awards ceremony in November. This program recognizes local women who have made a significant industry impact on either the local, regional, national, or global stage.

There are many excellent Madison award programs that recognize women and their leadership and accomplishments, community activism, and mentorship. This program is not set up to compete with those fine events. Instead, we are looking to honor forward-thinking women who are innovators in their respective fields and have set new standards within their industries.

In our inaugural program last November, we honored five phenomenal women: (picture left to right) Ayla Annac of InvivoSciences, Lisa Kivirist of Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, Jordyn Schara of HOPE (Helping Our Peers Excel), Deb Archer of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Carol “Orange” Schroeder from Orange Tree Imports. All are respected pioneers in the different industries they serve. I could not have asked for a better group of women to kick off this program.

So who’s going to make up our 2016 “Women of Industry”? That’s where you come in. This is a self-nominated awards program, so we need to hear from you. The program is open to women of all business titles that work in any industry in Dane, Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk counties.

The application can be found online at IBMadison.com/womenofindustry, with questions designed to measure industry influence over the past three years. The application deadline is Aug. 15. If you have any questions about the application process, please email Jessica Hamm at jessica@ibmadison.com.

Welcome, Chelsea!

In closing, we welcome Chelsea Weis, the newest addition to the IB team. Chelsea recently joined us as graphic designer after earning degrees in journalism and graphic design from the University of Iowa. Chelsea spent her college career honing her design skills outside of the classroom with jobs at the Cedar Rapids Gazette, The Daily Iowan, Gannett Newspapers, and the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest Museums. You’ll see her fine work in the magazine, online, and at various IB events throughout the year, and we are thrilled to have her on our team!

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