Natasha Federov and Della SimpsonNatasha Federov and Della Simpson

Last Thursday evening, March 3, 2016, I had the opportunity to attend the 10th Annual Celebration of Success for the WBDC-Minnesota and the WBDC 30th Anniversary Fireside Chat. It was a wonderful event hosted at the University of Minnesota Alumni Center, Memorial Hall, honoring the achievements of local women business owners from Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. 

Over the past 10 years, the WBDC-Minnesota has grown from 30 WBE-certified women-owned businesses to over 360. The Fireside Chat was moderated by Colleen Needles Steward, President and CEO of Tremendous! Entertainment and included featured guests Lili Hall, President/CEO, KNOCK Inc.; Elise Hernandez, President, Ideal System Solutions, Inc.; and Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder/CEO, Intren, Inc., all of whom shared their secrets for success in growing dynamic women-owned businesses

Congratulations to all the award recipients and to Natasha Fedorova, Program Director WBDC-MN for her continued leadership and support for the WBDC.  I would like to give a special shout out to Lisa Bickford, President of Highlight Printing, for being named the winner of the 2016 Giving Back Award.  I admire Lisa and her company for all they do in their mission to give back to their communities. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us.

Della Simpson and Lisa BickfordDella Simpson and Lisa Bickford

And the award goes to:

2016 WBE of the Year
Creative Resources Agency
Caren Schweitzer, President

2016 Corporate Partner of the Year
John Taylor, Director, Supplier Diversity

2016 Advocacy Award
Smead Manufacturing Company
 Sharon Hoffman Avent, President and CEO

2016 Giving Back Award
Highlight Printing
Lisa Bickford, President

2016 Partnership Award    
North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC)
Duane Ramseur, President and CEO

The CEO Corner is a Relan blog series by our very own Della Simpson on living a green, happy, and healthy lifestyle from the inside out. Della is certified by YogaFit as a Yoga Instructor. Learn more about Della here.

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