Libby Wagner selected as 2014 Nellie Cashman Women Business Owner of the Year Finalist

Categories: Nellie Cashman Award




Seattle, WA – April 24, 2014The Women Business Owners (WBO), Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, has named Seattle’s Libby Wagner a finalist for the 2014 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year award.


Since 1982, WBO has recognized and honored Puget Sound area women entrepreneurs who have made outstanding contributions to the status of women business owners through their leadership in business and the community. The award, also known as the WBO Nellie, is the most prestigious and longest running honor of its kind in the region. Candidates are judged based on their entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community spirit, financial management skill, and the difficulty and risk they have endured to achieve their success. The winner of the 2014 WBO Nellie will be announced during a gala event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle on Thursday, October 2.


Libby Wagner is one of the only former poetry professors warmly invited into the boardroom. Libby is a trusted advisor for presidents, CEOs and executive directors, and her work has shaped the cultures of numerous Fortune 500 clients, including The Boeing Company, Nike, Philips, ST Microelectronics, Diageo and Costco. Using her unique approach, programs and seminars, Libby empowers those with whom she works to clearly articulate what they want, why they want it, and how to ask for it, creating the poetic difference. Driven to help individuals and organizations move to their creative edge, Libby helps others not only to find their voices, but also to stand solidly and confidently in them to create the work and lives they love. Working with Libby includes diving into the extraordinary: she has the uncanny ability to help you select exactly the language you need to communicate in ways you’ve never done before.


About Women Business Owners
Women Business Owners is Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs. Their mission: to propel resolute women entrepreneurs to embrace their fullest vision of success. Beyond a great business referral network, WBO is a resource for inspiration, education, enduring relationships, and leadership development.


About Nellie Cashman
Irish-born Nellie Cashman was an American pioneer, philanthropist, entrepreneur and gold prospector. From the time she came west in the late 1860s, Nellie exhibited her unique style of courage, compassion, determination and spunk that made her one of the most famous women in the American West. She started as a mining camp cook and progressed to running a series of boardinghouses and ultimately owning restaurants and grocery stores. 
From Tucson and Tombstone, Arizona, to Nevada and the Klondike, Nellie continued her life of prospecting, mining and business ownership until her death in 1925. She became as well known for her philanthropy as she was for being a rare woman to not only mine and prospect, but to lead veteran frontiersmen in mining expeditions. 
It is the spirit of the pioneering Nellie Cashman that Women Business Owners salutes with their annual award in her name.


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Libby Wagner
Author: Libby Wagner

Libby makes her home in a lovely West Seattle neighborhood in a house with turquoise walls and an amazing view of the Puget sound and Olympic mountains. A former Air Force “brat”, she continues to bounce from one corner of the world to the other, working with Fortune 500 clients, hopeful artists and authors, and aspiring entrepreneurs. She has a Master’s in Fine Arts and Poetry from Eastern Washington University where she also began working in the Writers in the Prison program.