Provo CEO Is First Woman to Win Entrepreneur of the Year

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Utah CEO Susan W. Preator recently became the first woman to be named Utah Valley’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Successful businesswomen like Preator represent a growing population in the U.S. In 2008, 10.1 million U.S. firms were owned by women; these businesses employed more than 13 million people and generated $1.9 trillion in sales.

Susan W. Preator, Imagine Learning CEO

Susan W. Preator, first woman to be named Entrepreneur of the Year

Our mission is to deliver language and literacy instruction in a way that engages the child and makes learning meaningful and fun

This past December, Susan W. Preator, CEO of Provo educational software company Imagine Learning, became the first woman to receive the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award honored Preator for innovation in business and for her company’s rapid growth.

Preator represents a growing population of successful businesswomen in the U.S. In 2008, the Center for Women’s Business Research reported that 10.1 million firms in the U.S. are owned by women. These businesses employ more than 13 million people and generate $1.9 trillion in sales.

When Imagine Learning was founded in 2004, Preator had just 25 employees. After six years with Preator at the helm, the company now employs nearly 200 individuals and has developed an award-winning educational software program that has served hundreds of thousands of students.

Preator’s company brought together educators, developers and executives with more than 25 years of industry experience to achieve a specific goal: teach English to the children of the world. The team created Imagine Learning English, a software program designed to help students develop essential English reading and speaking skills. Today, the program is used in 41 states and 12 countries around the world.

“Our mission is to deliver language and literacy instruction in a way that engages the child and makes learning meaningful and fun,” Preator said. “That’s why Imagine Learning English is beloved by students, parents, teachers and administrators.”

Of her company’s growth and success, Preator said, “It continues to be challenging, but I have been so grateful to be a part of it. Thank you so much for the award, and thanks to my team for all of the success that you’ve brought to us and for all the great work you’ve done in changing the lives of students across the country.”

In addition to receiving the Entrepreneur of the Year award, Preator was also a finalist for a Women Tech award in 2008. Her company has received both Best of Provo and Best of State awards. In 2010, Imagine Learning was ranked eighth fastest-growing private company in the education sector by Inc. magazine.

About Imagine Learning
At Imagine Learning, we’re passionate about bringing language and literacy instruction to the students who need it most. That’s why we used state standards and scientifically based research to develop Imagine Learning English, an innovative software program that uses first-language support, continual assessment and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of four key student populations: English learners, struggling readers, students with disabilities and early childhood education students. Imagine Learning English gives students one-on-one instruction and scaffolded support while keeping teachers abreast of student progress through real-time reports. Visit our website at http://imaginelearning.com to find out how we’re giving students, parents and teachers essential tools for language and literacy development.

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