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Accolades Pioneering Women Panel
Susan Edmondson is Executive Director of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, a private foundation supporting the arts in the Pikes Peak region. Prior to assuming that position in 2003, she served for seven years as arts-and-entertainment editor at The Gazette in Colorado Springs. Susan also has worked for daily newspapers in Nevada and California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She serves on the boards of Colorado Springs World Arena, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority. She also is a board member and co-founder of COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.
|Colonel Karen Klingenberger is currently the Deputy Surgeon General at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Andrews AFB, Maryland. The Readiness Center provides the Washington, DC-based support for the Air Guard which is located in 89 flying units and 579 mission support units in the 54 states and territories of the United States. As the Deputy Surgeon General, Col Klingenberger focuses on aerospace medical issues and emerging operational medicine issues for the Air National Guard. Colonel Klingenberger attended University of Colorado School of Medicine and received her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1996 which she followed with an Internal Medicine residency at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC.|
Jan Martin was first elected to City Council in 2007, re-elected for a second term in 2011 and now serves as President Pro Tem. She holds a B.A. degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado and an MBA in finance from Regis University. She is the owner of Martin Business Group, Inc. which specializes in information systems and business training for local organizations, and is also a part time instructor in the online MBA program at the University of Phoenix. Prior to serving on council, Ms. Martin's work on numerous boards and commissions has included service as president of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Board, VP of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Foundation, and board seats with Citizen Project, Downtown Partnership and Leadership Pikes Peak Board of Trustees.
Monya Mitchell is a Colorado native who attended the University of Boulder where she graduated and received a BA. in Criminal Justice. She is the currently serves as a Regional Sales Manager for the Southern and Western Colorado Sales Teams for CenturyLink and has worked in the telecommunications business field for 14 years. Throughout her tenure with CenturyLink she has held various roles throughout the company which includes Call Center/Vendor Management, Training, Operations Manager.
Cathy O. Robbins is Senior Vice President of the El Pomar Foundation, where she is responsible for taking a regional approach to grantmaking and overseeing nonprofit leadership initiatives, plus expanding training and technical assistance programs in rural Colorado. She is a recognized facilitator and leader in the field of nonprofit management and has 23 years experience as a nonprofit chief executive officer. Since 1993 as an instructor at the University of Colorado, Graduate School of Public Affairs, she teaches nonprofit management curriculum. She is an Adjunct Faculty member for Community Programs for the Center of Creative Leadership, and currently is on the Advisory Council for the Inasmuch Foundation and Board member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
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|The Accolades Business Leader of the Year receives a unique brooch award, which is an outstanding piece of original jewelry art by Susan Helmich. A contemporary new design was crafted for the annual Accolades winner in 2011 - and this year Susan has generously donated the pin to our winner!|
|Accolades winners between 2002-2010 received this unique, handcast sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold brooch inspired by the SCWCC logo. In 2010, the last of this limited edition of 10 brooches was presented, and the design was retired - leaving those with the pin in very exclusive company!|
|With thanks to Deb Tuzel of Art of Design, i.d., the annual Accolades Business Leader of the Year award program logo got a new look in 2010. Deb revised the event graphic by adding the SCWCC signature icon, retaining the star motif and updating the brilliant script font.|
|In 1996, artist and area businesswoman Mary Helsaple was commissioned to create an original artwork as a special recognition gift at Accolades. Her subject was the Atthis heloisa Hummingbird, against the backdrop of a rainforest ecosystem, which reflected the goals and purpose of the SCWCC. A limited edition of prints were produced, and one is presented to each year's keynote speaker. Read more about the work on its backplate, and view it in larger detail.|
Each year since 1994, the SCWCC has recognized a remarkable individual who exemplifies the qualities of outstanding leadership, exceptional business acumen and selfless service to the community.
Businesses and non-profit organizations are invited to submit nominations, and the Accolades Business Leader of the Year is named at the annual award luncheon held each August.
Accolades Nomination Criteria:
- Nominees may be owners, consultants, or employees in a corporation, business, government or non-profit organization with a business orientation.
- Membership is not required. Nominees need not be a current or former member of SCWCC to be considered.
- Current SCWCC board members are not eligible for nomination
When available, please download a nomination form, then briefly detail your reasons for nominating your candidate for Business Leader of the Year, by providing specific examples of the characteristics shown below.
Leadership: Illustrate demonstrated leadership; achievement of personal growth; influence as a role model in the community.
Business accomplishments: Outline how the nominee has demonstrated leadership in the workplace; acquired new status in career field; improved workplace strategies.
Community service: Describe community service; length of service; offices held; promotion of professional development and leadership skills in others; active mentorship activities.
Optional: up to three (3) letters of recommendation, previous awards, citations or recognitions, and published references may also be submitted to support your narrative.
Required: Headshot photo and complete bio of each candidate must accompany nominations.
Required: Attendance All nominees must be available to accept the award personally at the luncheon, will be notified before the event, and recognized in advance promotional material.
Deadline: Nominations and all support materials must be received by FRIDAY, June 28, 2013, by mail, emailed PDF or scanned email attachment (no fax).
Send completed form & support materials to:
Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Attn: Accolades Nomination
PO Box 49218 | Colorado Springs, CO 80949