AEP CEO Charlene Gaynor Receives Medal at the 2012 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

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Charlene Gaynor, CEO of the Association of Educational Publishers, was awarded a medal for her work in expanding the organization's programs and initiatives. The only professional organization that serves the diverse needs of the entire educational resource community, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) encourages and advocates for professional, quality content for teaching and learning.

In addition to teachers and schools, learning resources are the third pillar of education. - Charlene Gaynor

The Association of Educational Publishers' CEO, Charlene Gaynor received the Female Executive of the Year bronze medal at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business competition. As a winner in the Government or Non-Profit/Up to 2,500 Employees category, Ms. Gaynor was selected for her success in expanding the AEP’s programs and initiatives that support the learning resource community.

“It is an honor to receive this award” said Ms. Gaynor. “In addition to teachers and schools, learning resources are the third pillar of education. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the AEP’s important work with fellow business leaders.”

The awards ceremony, which took place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, was hosted by Michael Gallagher, President of the Stevie Awards. Over 340 executives from 17 countries were in attendance. “In all our years of organizing these awards, this years’ crop of finalists has been the best yet”, said Mr. Gallagher. “These are the highest scores we’ve seen across the board”.

Charlene joined AEP in 1997 as Executive Director and was named CEO in 2006. During the past year, she has co-led the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), a break-through technology project to create a common standard for identifying learning resources on the web; continued a collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service and the Frankfurt Book Fair to help small- to mid-size publishers of English-language learning materials gain ready access to emerging international markets; and guided AEP's Innovation Through Inclusion program, an initiative to attract a talented industry work force that reflects the cultural diversity of the students it serves.

About AEP

The only professional organization that serves the diverse needs of the entire educational resource community, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) encourages and advocates for professional, quality content for teaching and learning. Founded in 1895, AEP now helps its members navigate the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st century.

AEP is at the forefront of the educational publishing industry, taking a leading role in efforts such as the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), which is changing the way educational materials are found on the Internet; Innovation Through Inclusion, promoting industry-wide diversity; and representation of educational publishers on matters such as new legislation and funding. Through its events, publications and recognition programs, AEP works to inform and advance the industry and to define and applaud excellence in the field. For more information, please visit http://www.AEPweb.org.

About The Stevie® Awards

The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. Beginning with The American Business Awards in 2002, The International Business Awards in 2003, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2004, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in 2006, the program’s mission is to raise the profile of exemplary organizations and individuals among the press, the business community, and the general public.

For the 2012 Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the average scores of preliminary judges determined the finalists out of over 1,200 entries received. The gold, silver, and bronze placements were determined by members of five final judging committees.

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