For immediate release
September 2, 2014
WBO Names Pioneer Square Business Owner Libby Wagner as 2014 Finalist for Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Award
An innovative, inspiring and generous female entrepreneur vies for the prestigious honor
SEATTLE – The Women Business Owners (WBO), one of the Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, has named Pioneer Square business owner Libby Wagner as one of five finalists for the 2014 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Awards Competition (‘The Nellie’). Since 1982, The Nellie has recognized and honored Puget Sound region women business owners who have enhanced the status of women entrepreneurs through their vision, perseverance, and fearless leadership in business and the community. To qualify, a nominee must own at least 51% of her business, have owned it for five years or more and have three or more employees. Candidates are judged on their entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community commitment, financial and management skills, and the difficulty endured and risk undertaken to achieve their success. The 2014 Nellie winner will be announced at a gala awards banquet on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Four Seasons Seattle. Tickets are available at: https://womenbusinessowners.org/events/nellie-cashman-woman-business-owner-of-the-year-award-gala/
Wagner, a poet, author and speaker, runs Libby Wagner & Associates and Influencing Options. A trusted advisor to presidents, CEOs and executive directors, Libby’s work has shaped the cultures of numerous Fortune 500 clients. Using a unique approach to her programs and seminars, Libby empowers those with whom she works to harvest their hidden artistry to accelerate creative solutions. Her training and development company, Influencing Options, is a global consulting solution for organizations transforming their leadership, strategy, performance and organizational cultures. Quoted in The New York Times and Harvard Business Review, Libby is the author of the Amazon best-‐seller The Influencing Option: The Art of Building a Profit Culture in Business, two collections of poems, and the forthcoming book: The Poetry of Persuasion.
“Being named a Nellie finalist is not only an honor personally, it’s a reminder of the community of people who have supported my business success: my great team, my advisors and mentors, my clients and colleagues, my family and friends,” said Wagner. “Being honored as a woman business professional actually inspires and encourages other women to imagine that they, too, can create a working life that allows them to do well by doing good. We stand on each other’s shoulders and we lift each other up!”
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Women Business Owners helps the Puget Sound region’s women business owners become more connected, empowered and successful by providing a powerful business referral network; insightful business education; personal and online connectivity and visibility; and strategic business support and inspiration.
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