Merryck Mentors Valerie Salembier and Barbara Khouri Named as New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Winners

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Merryck Mentors Valerie Salembier and Barbara Khouri are winners of the inaugural New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Awards and are paving the way for women in executive roles.

The New York Business Journal has selected Valerie Salembier and Barbara Khouri, both Merryck Mentors, among 78 honorees for its inaugural Women of Influence Awards. These awards honor outstanding women business leaders who innovate, succeed and show a strong commitment to the community and mentoring.

In 2014 there was an increase in the number of women in top leadership positions, in both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies alike. Merryck & Co, the only global firm providing C-suite mentoring by former CEOs, often works to accelerate the enterprise-level development of women leaders.

According to Fortune Magazine, the definitive ranking of America’s biggest companies boasts some 24 female CEOs—up from 20 a year ago—and more than at any point since Fortune started compiling executive gender in 1998.

With two winners chosen to the New York Business Journal’s list, Merryck & Co has proven its diverse group of mentors include top women business leaders committed to helping current business leaders and their teams lead more effectively and build more successful businesses.

One of the clients Khouri mentors can attest to the experience firsthand. She says working with a Merryck Mentor turbocharged her career.

“There are few moments in your career that are tipping points. Times where your personal growth is accelerated with a major learning or event. For me personally, this tipping point was my introduction to Barbara,” said Rose Schooler, vice president of the Intel Internet of Things Group Strategy and Technology Office. “Her business knowledge filled gaps in my competency. Her coaching helped me navigate politically charged situations. Her confidence in me built confidence in myself to think big and take risks.”

The New York Business Journal's Women of Influence Awards is part of a national effort by American City Business Journals to identify and celebrate women business leaders and to foster business environments that will create even more successful women in the future.

Honorees will attend a luncheon reception January 22, 2015 at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City.

For the latest in business mentoring and senior leadership effectiveness, visit Click the link for more on the 2014 Women of Influence Honorees. To learn more about how our mentors can help your key executives improve profits, performance, and personal leadership call the office at 888.MERRYCK.

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