The most significant networking event in Orange County History. Awards Night Orange County

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Fourteen of the largest networks in Orange County are collaborating to share their networks in order to empower all businesses in Orange county. This annual networking and awards event takes place May 8th at 6 pm at the Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa, CA.

Fourteen regional business leaders will also be awarded at the 1ST Annual Leadership Excellence Award Networking Extravaganza. The awards will be presented by Sheryl Lynn, President of Beautiful Life Productions along with a representative from University of La Verne College.

The event is at at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa, California on May 8th at 6:00 P.M.

Beautiful Life Productions (BLP) and (Educational Intuition) will recognize the outstanding contributions made by area leaders who support business owners in the Orange County area and surrounding communities at this Creative Black Tie event. The awards will be presented to: Beth Misner; Leanne Pheasant; Mel Cutler; Henry Morales; Lisa Giammalva; Dr. Ivan Misner; Shellie Hunt; Jan Edwards; Dan Barrett; Mary McGrath; Oscar Gonzelez; Kara Noone; Dave Phillipson; and TR Garland. These award recipients were selected based on an in depth evaluation and fulfillment of the criteria of forward momentum in Collaboration, Partnership, Inspiration and Confidence Building for the business segments they lead. In addition, the fourteen award recipients possess common characteristics of integrity and compassion.

Investing in the future of business is Beth Misner’s focus through her work with the BNI Foundation. “I am grateful for this nomination and eager to network with so many people who already understand the concept of conscious contribution like the wonderful men and women who are affiliated with BLP,” she says. Since inception in 1998, the BNI Foundation has donated more than $2 million to charity organizations, while the majority of the teachers supported by the BNI Foundation have been right here in our own backyard in Southern California.

In a 2010 study by the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute, the following traits were found to be dominant in a leader: Collaborative; Creating Value; Focusing on the Future; Tech-Savvy, Action-Oriented (turning adversity into positive actions); Curious; and Desiring to Delegate. Along with the honoring award recipients, the needs of the business owners will be highlighted at the May 8th, 2013 event. Several additional key leaders who support the O.C. community will be recognized.

For Garland, #1 Best Selling Author of Best Selling Author of “Building the Ultimate Network” and 18-year veteran of the Orange County community, the Leadership Excellence award caps a long career of guiding and teaching excellence that includes coaching entrepreneurial-minded clients to build their own multi-million dollar networks. “I am in gratitude to BLP for being nominated for such an important award. Leadership should not be taken lightly. If intentions are not serving the greater good, then Leaders may lead people down the wrong path.”

Dan Barrett, Founder of Tru-Networking is a long time networker and collaborator. “I care about connecting my members first. The time I spend coordinating, inviting, planning, building is secondary,” said Dan. “I try to make every moment we spend in at a networking environment golden.”

Jan Edwards, President of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce and owner of One Source Wellness, is a diversified entrepreneur, collaborative leader, and inspirational motivator in both her professional and personal spheres. “It is an honor to share this spotlight with such a diverse and influential group of leaders, as well as a responsibility to be a beacon of authenticity, leading from the heart, rather than the ego. I strongly encourage all of our members, guests, and the O.C. community to attend and engage in this powerful event for business professionals and entrepreneurs,” states Edwards.

Shellie Hunt is an the first lady of entrepreneurism, an international speaker, humanitarian, author, and a personal transformation expert for over 25 years. She is an Honoree to receive a Global Humanitarian Award at the Georgia World Congress Center for her work she does on a global scale and in local communities as well. “As a producer of tangible results for my clients, I teach that when we are working together on goals and dreams, life can be more fulfilling. That is why I am truly honored to be recognized for this award, as this has been the philosophy that I have built my business around!”

In 1985, Dr. Ivan Misner® founded BNI® (Business Network International), the world’s largest business networking organization which currently has over 6,500 members throughout every populated continent across the globe. Last year alone, BNI generated 7.1 million referrals resulting in 3.3 billion dollars’ worth of business for its members. Misner explains, “Years of product and service development for our members has led to the Givers Gain® philosophy—the more you give, the more you gain. I am proud to say that we have over sixty three thriving BNI chapters in Orange County and I am very much looking forward to celebrating the success of several standout business professionals and entrepreneurs, many of whom are members of BNI Orange County, on May 8th.”

The BLP Excellence in Leadership Awards were established in 2013 to give recognition and appreciation to Leaders who truly know how to collaborate, working together proactively to achieve a common goal. The recipients also continually represent superior abilities when it comes to honesty, communication, sense of humor, commitment and showing up with a positive attitude.

The 14 nominees will each share 90 seconds on the power of collaboration and how it affects each of them personally and professionally. Audience members will vote for their favorite presentation. The recipient of Ultimate Leader of Excellence 2013 will be announced at the end of the evening. Expect a explosive red carpet with interviews by Robert Cordoza Live and his production crew.


5:30: Red Carpet Arrival
6:00: Cash Bar Cocktail Mixer
6:30: Nominee Presentation Speeches

Admission includes Appetizers and a Performance by Adanna Duru, from The Voice.

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