The Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange Named as Finalist in 7th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

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Stevie Award Winners to Be Announced in New York on November 12

Receiving a high score from the judges this year illustrates how well many women in business are doing despite the stiff challenges they face.

The Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange (WIE) was named a Finalist in two categories - Women's Business Association of the Year & Women Helping Women Award in the 7th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York on Friday, November 12. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S.A. and several other countries are expected to attend. The presentations will be broadcast live on radio in the U.S.A. by the Business TalkRadio Network.

More than 1,200 entries – a record for the competition - were submitted this year for consideration in 54 categories, including Best Executive, Best Entrepreneur, and Best Community Involvement Program. WIE is a Finalist in both the Women's Business Association of the Year & Women Helping Women Award categories.

In the past year, WIE has hosted events and offered programs that focused on building trust across race and culture in business and community. These events and programs included:

  • The 2009 Multi-Cultural Conference: Building Trust Across Race & Culture – A Business Essential which focused on the critical role trust plays in the workplace and in communities. Keynote speaker Deepika Bajaj, Founder and President of Invincibelle engaged an audience of more than 300 in candid dialogue about building, restoring and retaining trust with people of different races and cultures;
  • Cross Cultural Chats, which are small group dialogues held monthly over four consecutive months. These groups of 8-10 women are intentionally structured to include a variety of ages and cultures and are designed to build trust across race and culture, one relationship at a time; and
  • The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation Mentoring Across Difference Program, which brings WIE members together with area college students to help them prepare to launch their careers.

Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

“It was harder than ever to be recognized in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business this year,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “Receiving a high score from the judges this year illustrates how well many women in business are doing despite the stiff challenges they face.”

“We are so proud to be included in this stellar group of women, and prouder still that WIE’s role in building social capital among women is being recognized in such a meaningful way,” said Marcia Merrill, WIE Board Co-Chair and President of Red Rover Communications.

Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange
The Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange, founded in 2005, builds bridges of social capital among women of diverse cultures, fosters cross-cultural awareness and develops infrastructure for community dialogue, engagement and programs. Two of its most recent programming accomplishments, Cross Cultural Chats and Wachovia Wells Mentoring Across Difference Program, serve as catalysts for change within the Charlotte community by connecting women from different backgrounds, life experiences and generations. Mentoring Across Difference is a collaboration between Johnson C. Smith University and the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange. The program is generously sponsored by the Wachovia Wells Foundation. For more information, go to:

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at Sponsors of the 7th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business (as of October 11) include the Business TalkRadio Network and KeyBank. Localization partner of the 2011 Stevie Awards is Lionbridge.

Laura Everett 704.442.5369 laura(dot)everett(at)wi-ce(dot)org


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