National Association of Professional Women Inducts Lorraine Austin, Owner of Snake Oil Glassworks, Into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle

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Lorriane Austin selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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I'm pleased to recognize Lorraine with this important honor. Her perseverance, work ethic and leadership qualities are an inspiration to all women.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Lorraine Austin as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation's leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

"I'm pleased to recognize Lorraine with this important honor," said NAPW President Star Jones. "Her perseverance, work ethic and leadership qualities are an inspiration to all women."

Snake Oil Glassworks is the creation of Lorraine Austin, a Glass Artist and Assistant Professor of Art. "My company's humble beginnings started 14 years ago in the basement of a garage in Skaneateles, NY," said Ms. Austin, who received her Master of Fine Art degree from the Glass Program at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. She describes herself as the head glassblower, equipment builder, maintenance supervisor and janitor. Ms. Austin's areas of expertise include designing, arts and crafts and welding.

Today, the business is enjoying its eighth year in a beautiful studio that was erected in 2004. It houses a staff of dedicated artists, hot shop, cold working shop, offices, retail store and gallery where customers can purchase original glasswork. In addition to producing the work that is sold in its store and gallery, Snake Oil Glassworks also works on commissions from Architects and Designers. Glassblowing demonstrations are also offered to educational groups. Ms. Austin supports the Skaneateles Arts Initiatives.

The unwavering dedication demonstrated by Ms. Austin fully utilizes the aspirations for success that have earned her this recognition from the National Association of Professional Women, honoring her as an inspiration and a leader in her industry.

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NAPW's mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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