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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

For Immediate Release: 2015 OWL Awards Nominees Announced!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2015 OWL Awards Nominees Announced!

 SACRAMENTO, CA (September 22nd, 2015) – The National Association of Women Business Owners, Sacramento Valley (NAWBO-Sac) has announced nominees for the 2015 Outstanding Women Leaders Awards (OWL Awards).

The OWL Awards are a tribute to outstanding women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders in the Sacramento Valley region who have advanced the status of entrepreneurial excellence and community leadership.

Nominations were announced in seven categories at NAWBO Sacramento's 6th Annual Margarita Mixer held late last week. The winners will be revealed at the grand event to be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento.

Hosted by KFBK's radio personality Kitty O'Neal, the event will also honor Kate Resnick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care, with NAWBO's "Wind Beneath Our Wings" Award in recognition of her exemplary leadership as a role model for business women in our region, and the example that VSP sets for social responsibility.

“We are very excited to recognize these amazing women. Each nominee exemplifies ingenuity, perseverance, and dedication to creating her business dream against many odds. The challenge for the judges is to have to select just one awardee for each category. They are all extremely deserving,” said Mónica Nainsztein Rodríguez, NAWBO Sacramento President and President of Spanish One Plus.

The 2015 OWL Awards is sponsored by Chase Bank, Niello Volvo of Sacramento, Barry & Lynda Keller Community Fund, Bank of America, SocializeLA.Com, Sacramento Business Journal, SMUD, KBFK News Radio, The Party Concierge, and Comstock's Magazine.

The complete list of nominees for the 2015 OWL Awards are:

Achievement Against All Odds  (Success despite unfavorable circumstances)
Melanie Weir, Founder, Roots Creative Kitchen.
Melissa Chapman, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region.
Julie Barnes, Founder, Your Story Gold.

Executive Woman Award  (Senior level corporate woman)
Robin Trimble, CEO, Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce .
Dawn Clayton, General Manager, Thunder Valley Casino Resort.

Woman Innovator Award  (Successful business owner in a non-traditional business)
Yvonne Glen, CEO, Trofholz Technologies, Inc.
Cate Dyer, Owner/CEO, Stem Express, LLC.
Amanda Roberts, CEO/Co-Founder, Red Roadster.

Luminary (An individual lighting the way for others)
Leslie Asfour, Program Director & Professor, Fashion & Interior Design, San Joaquin Delta College.
Laura Good, Laura Good Consulting Services, previously Director, Programs & Operations, SARTA.
Tracy Saville, Founder/CEO, My Swirl Powered by Q
Susan Rueppel, Founder & Chief Intuition OfficerÒ, WINtuitionÒ
Laura Hansen, President & CEO, Gold Vision, LLC.

Visionary Award (An organization whose vision provides opportunities for girls or women)
Kim Box, Founder & CEO, Kamere, Inc.
Melissa Washington, Founder & Owner, Melissa Washington, Inc.
Tracy Saville, Founder/CEO, My Swirl Powered by Q.

Wise Woman (Business Woman of the Year)
Pleshette Robertson, Founder/CEO, Sac Cultural Hub.
Lisa Peters, President/Partner, Think Outside the Box, Inc.
Sue Coyle, Founder, Sue Coyle Events.
Meg Arnold, Principal, GSD Consulting.
Laura Hansen, President & CEO, Gold Vision, LLC.
Paulette Trainor, Founder, Pauletter Trainor Design, LLC
Valerie Sherman, CEO, United Building Maintenance, Inc.

Woman on the Way (Up and coming business owner, less than 5 years in business).
Maelene Wong , Co-Founder/CEO, Vivita Technologies, Inc.
Tracy Saville, Founder/CEO, My Swirl Powered by Q
Elisabeth Maragoula, Founder/Director, euronique+communications

To purchase tickets or for more details on the NAWBO OWL Awards, please visit

ABOUT NAWBO Sacramento Valley
NAWBO Sacramento Valley is the region's premier organization and voice for women business owners. Our goals are to provide women business owners with educational, social, economic and political programs to empower them in building their businesses. Educational and mentoring topics include building a positive business culture, sharing technical and financial tools and strategies, building strategic business alliances, influencing opinion makers, and strengthening the wealth-building capacity of our members. We value and seek a diverse and inclusive membership no matter how large or small your business.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Inaugural Youth Media Awards Recognize East Bay Teens,Young Adults
~ 2015 Honorees Announced ~

Serena Witherspoon - Berkeley City College
Witherspoon will receive the Indie Award, presented to a dynamic individual who has demonstrated an independent voice in social media, bringing greater public awareness to a current social issue. Her Huffington Post published blog about raising awareness and the importance of youth taking advantage of the voting system to make positive changes in our world.  
Witherspoon has a genuine concern for the planet and the people on it.  She has decided to not accept the status quo and encourage her peers to help be the change the world so desperately needs. She is currently working with her mentor Joan Blades at "Living Room Conversations" to make positive and reflective political conversations a part of high school education. 
Hank Rugg - Youth Radio 
Rugg is the recipient of the Rising Star Award, which recognizes an up-and-coming media professional who has exhibited tremendous potential and passion in creating radio/audio features and brings greater public awareness to a current social issue. He wrote a commentary about his experience having to parent his father after his father had a stroke earlier this year. 
Rugg paints a distinctive picture of what it's like to cope with major change and loss as a teen while also dealing with transition into adulthood. His story highlights his perspective as a teen having to take care of someone that once took care of him and employs futurist and innovative principals while confronting an issue that is unique to children with disabled/differently-abled parents. 
Mikey Prizmich, Luis Flores, Maya Escobar- Youth Radio 
A team of young video producers and journalists at Youth Radio have created a compelling piece about the volatile state of gun violence in many Oakland neighborhoods and all around the nation, with an inside look on the effects shootings have in a community. They are the recipients of the Maverick Award, which recognizes up-and-coming media professionals who have exhibited tremendous potential and passion in creating an animation or multimedia project, bringing greater public awareness to a current social issue.
Prizmich and Flores creatively use animation to convey Escobar's story, an otherwise graphic and traumatic experience, in an innocent fashion. It exposes a side of this violence that many forget: The effects of growing up to gunshots on our future generations. 
Dashawn Clinton, Demario Lewis, DetermiNation Media Group - United Roots
The Innovator Award goes to an individual or group that has demonstrated exceptional achievement in nonfiction film and/or video production or photographic story telling, which brings greater public awareness to a current social issue.
For this honor, the DetermiNation Media Group has been selected for its focus on engaging young black men from the Oakland area.  Its program is especially tailored to provide culturally relevant healing practices to support young men who are aspiring to advance their own life goals (such as employment, career, educational or other personal goals). As part of the program, youth participants also develop their media production skills and produce short films, music and graphic design to share their personal stories and/or present a vision of a healthy community of color in Oakland. This nomination comes from their work to partner with the Latino community in San Francisco to inspire a Black and Brown Unity movement in the greater Bay Area.
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