2019 Emerging Leader Finalists

This award recognizes our leaders of tomorrow and the promise of a vibrant and heart-centered future. Applicants in this category are the “best and the brightest” in the 22- 29 age group. Emerging Leaders must have demonstrated extraordinary and significant accomplishments in the areas of education, business and service to their communities.

 
 

Olivia Benson
Sponsored by the
Salt Lake City, UT Chapter

Starting her own interior design business at the age of 21, Olivia Benson has been a voice for the rising generation in her field while doing global charity work and pursuing her bachelor’s in interior design.

 
 

Allyese Goodwin
Sponsored by the
Austin, TX 

Allyese Goodwin, is the founder of Marie Creative Design Studio. She is a published author, budding philanthropist and international social media and online visibility strategist.

 
 

Antoinette James
Sponsored by the
Charlotte, NC 

Antoinette James is a Profit Strategist and Quickbooks wiz who is passionate about helping business owners optimize their accounting systems and processes and increasing their profitability.

 
 
 

Claire E Jones
Sponsored by the
Seattle, WA Chapter

Claire Jones is a certified Neuro-Leadership and Wellness Coach that uses neuroscientific frameworks to help women small business owners become more effective and productive leaders.

 
 
 

Bailey Konieczka
Sponsored by the
Denver, CO Chapter

Bailey Konieczka is the founder and head designer of Bailey Katherine Interiors. She has a heart-centered approach to her designs and is a strong believer in the power and transformation of creating a sanctuary.

 
 
 

Jessica Omelian
Sponsored by the
Milwaukee, WI Chapter

From professional ballerina to entrepreneur, Jessica Omelian created a cutting-edge workplace solution that connects members to their communities by providing a platform which showcases their distinct skills and unique talents.

 
 
 

Mary Helen Ostigny
Sponsored by the
Cincinnati, WA Chapter

Current Grad School student at Xavier University for Health Services Administration. Mary Ostigny dreams of making a significant impact in the U.S. health system and playing a part in deciding how we, as a society, improve management, leadership, and the quality of care for all citizens.

 
 
 

Denali Roberts
Sponsored by the
Richmond, VA Chapter

Denali Roberts is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and author. She is the founder Pendleton Works, a business services and solutions firm, and co-founder of Jade Skin Care, an e-commerce store, that offers customizable skin care packages.

 
 
 

Brett Trainor
Sponsored by the
Vancouver, BC Chapter

Using outdoor adventure as the context for leadership development, Brett Trainor’s social enterprise, Mountain Mentors, facilitates empowering mentorship relationships for self-identified women who backcountry ski and climb.

 
 
 

Nicole Wzorek
Sponsored by the
Greater Hartford, CT Chapter

Nicole Wzorek of Nicole Wzorek designs, lives in Westfield Massachusetts. She is a fashion designer and alteration specialist who enjoys making her clients feel and look beautiful!

 
 
 

Rebecca Vondrak
Sponsored by the
Dallas, TX Chapter

Rebecca Vondrak strives to consistently add value and prosperity to the community through hard work and servant-leadership. Her passion is to inspire, encourage, and support others in achieving their dreams and goals.

2019 Emerging Leader Winner

Allyese Goodwin
Austin, TX

 
 


2019 Grant Recipients

Throughout the year, our local eWomenNetwork Chapters raise funds so that they qualify to issue a grant to a local non-profit group. As the Chapter achieves their fundraising goals, they decide which charitable organization located in their area will receive the funds. These organizations are small, grassroots operations that have no national affiliation and who are dedicated to serving the needs of women and children within their communities.

 
 
Clothes To Kids of Denver - Denver, CO 

Eligible students ages 3-21 are invited to browse our wide selection of clothing for a wardrobe that includes five outfits, shoes, a coat, and five pairs each of new socks and underwear. Students shop in a welcoming, store-like environment with the help of staff and volunteers dedicated to providing a high level of personalized service.

 
 


James Resource Network - Orange County, CA 

James Resource Network has served single parent families in the Denver Metro area since 2007 with a variety of needed resources, but our primary focus is attainable housing. Additionally, we offer support with school supplies, children's Christmas gifts, clothing giveaways, dental days, financial literacy training, car repairs and case management.

 
 


Textiles West - Colorado Springs, CO 

Textiles West works to strengthen community through their art forms and outreach projects. They provide safe spaces for self-expression and bring about healing through the act of making, sharing, and belonging. Their programs encourage the community to embrace an eco-friendly and sustainable practice in their textile choices.

 
 
 

WISEPlace - Denver, CO 

We are the only women's shelter for unaccompanied women in Orange County. WISEPlace serves over 200 women a year with shelter, transition to housing support, mental and emotional counseling, psychiatric support, hot meals, clothing, workforce development and financial empowerment, case management, and other wrap around services. We inspire women to live their best lives by providing shelter and hope towards self-reliance.

 
 
 

Young Entrepreneurs Business Programs - Seattle, WA 

We invest in Oregon youth, the future workforce, and our local economy. Our reach and impact are profound; as we serve, mentor, and empower hundreds of high school students every summer. Our mission is to educate and inspire the next generation of business leaders!


2018 Made it to a Million Finalists

 

 

Angela Depaoli

Ms. DePaoli as a young girl of a Mexican immigrant family, often heard her grandfather give the advice he gave his seven daughters – ‘Get an education, find your passion and don’t become reliant on others’. That advice is the foundation of Ms. DePaoli’s drive and determination in life. After obtaining degrees from the University of California - Davis, she worked for an environmental consulting firm before becoming a Senior Project Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers. In 2012, in recognition of her grandfather Gabriel Bargas, she formed Bargas Environmental Consulting, LLC which now has two offices: Northern California, Sacramento and Southern California in Orange. The firm specializes in biological and cultural resource compliance as required by state and federal laws.

                

Darnyelle Jervey-Harmon

Darnyelle Jervey Harmon is an amazing business woman and an encouragement to so many others. She came from a drug-infested home in poverty-ridden projects and overcame mindset obstacles to cross the $1M mark. Her business has grown substantially over the past 10 years as she consistently connects other women entrepreneurs to proven success systems. Her attention and genuine love for her community, as exhibited through service, is top-notch. Darnyelle lifts others as she climbs.

                

Robin Richter

Robin Richter’s career as a Pro Golfer on the WPGT Tour, along with her experience holding corporate positions in Sales and Marketing set the stage for her entrepreneurial plunge. In 1992, she launched her company Wearable Imaging, Inc.. Her belief in a higher power, her love of family, and her ability to see beyond, has proven to be a successful foundation for a company that is financially strong and respected in the Promotional services industry.

                

Porscha Shideler

Porscha Shideler opened her first store 7 years ago with no experience and no college degree. Her greatest obstacle was feeling underqualified to be a business owner. She incorporated leadership training and grew in sales winning the top Growth Achievement Award from the franchise. Then she incorporated personality testing in the team development and made it to a million. In 2018, when she studied under Tony Robbins she hit the $2 million mark. She has since grown to 3 stores with 50+ employees. She is passionate about team building and empowerment. 

                

Dorinda Vance

Upon receiving her first and most meaningful award, “Best Most Original taste” for her sea salt caramels, Dorinda realized that she had a flair for combining ingredients to create decadent flavors. Dorinda’s would go on to win the People’s Choice award five years in a row. She is a regular donor and prominent sponsor for community events from local schools to the regional TEDx event. For Dorinda, giving back isn’t lip service, it’s everything. She embodies giving forward to help the next visionary, the next opportunity, the next possibility to take root and thrive.

2018 Made it to a Million Winner

Dorinda Vance


 
 



2018 Business Matchmaker of the Year Award Finalists

This award recognizes one unique woman who has consistently gone out of her way to help others succeed. She is the consummate connector, who unselfishly looks out for the business needs of others.

 

Eileen Bistrisky

Eileen Bistrisky strategically guides organizations to achieve their objectives. Her award-winning firm, Effective Leadership Consulting (ELC), facilitates organizational growth, increased profitability, and improved operational effectiveness. ELC helps teams gain clarity of vision, effective communication, and empowerment. Eileen builds sustainable business frameworks & empowers teams to profitably benefit people and the planet.

 

Jennifer Buchholz

Jennifer founded Excel and Flourish in 2012 to deliver engaging face-to-face Microsoft Office and other leadership and soft skills corporate training. The mission is for people to find their own best way to leverage technology, so they can increase productivity, improve collaboration, reduce frustration, and embrace more free time!

 

Dr. Carol Soloway

Dr. Soloway, a chiropractor, Qualified Medical Evaluator, and author of SEX HAPPENS, and GRACIE’S GONE owes her success to networking. Keynoting on her “across the US RV trip,” she empowers women because the sky has no glass ceiling!!

 

Katherine S Wichmann Zacharias

Katherine Sai Wichmann Zacharias is an Angel Investor & Licensed Insurance Agent who provides a hat trick of services. She provides unbiased, personalized financial advice & solutions that enable her clients to achieve their financial goals. She is a Board Member of the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club. Her passion is to end human trafficking!

2018 Business Matchmaker of the Year Award Winner

Jennifer Buchhotz

 
 


2018 Grant Recipients

Throughout the year, our local eWomenNetwork Chapters raise funds so that they qualify to issue a grant to a local non-profit group. As the Chapter achieves their fundraising goals, they decide which charitable organization located in their area will receive the funds. These organizations are small, grassroots operations that have no national affiliation and who are dedicated to serving the needs of women and children within their communities.






DayBreak - Colorado Springs, CO 

DayBreak, the first and only respite program in Woodland Park, CO, provides a break in the day for the at-home caregiver and a day out for their loved one - offering social interaction and meaningful activities in a “home away from home” setting. Days are filled with love, patience, acceptance, respect, humor and community.






Kids Mobility Network - Denver, CO 

Kids Mobility Network provides wheelchairs and other medical equipment to children with disabilities. The organization serves uninsured and under-insured families that cannot get this expensive, yet necessary equipment. To date, the charity has provided more than 1,500 pieces of equipment with a community benefit that exceeds $5,500,000.






Working Wardrobes - Orange County, CA 

At Working Wardrobes, we do everything in our power to help men, women, young adults and veterans overcome difficult challenges so they can achieve the dignity of work. Our clients are workforce-ready by participating in career training, job placement assistance and professional wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect.


2018 Emerging Leader Finalists

This award recognizes our leaders of tomorrow and the promise of a vibrant and heart-centered future. Applicants in this category are the “best and the brightest” in the 22- 29 age group. Emerging Leaders must have demonstrated extraordinary and significant accomplishments in the areas of education, business and service to their communities.






Amy Bertle
Sponsored by the
Denver, CO Chapter






Sarah Buxbaum
Sponsored by the
Calabasas, CA Chapter






Angelica Catani
Sponsored by the
Central New Jersey, NJ Chapter






Hilliary Gaymon
Sponsored by the
Charlotte, NC Chapter






Laura Gonzalez 
Sponsored by the
Sacramento, CA Chapter






Courtney McCaughey 
Sponsored by the
Phoenix, AZ Chapter


2018 Business Matchmaker of the Year Award Finalists

This award recognizes one unique woman who has consistently gone out of her way to help others succeed. She is the consummate connector, who unselfishly looks out for the business needs of others.

Alla Bardov
North Dallas/Plano, TX

Alla Bardov is the founder of Sell Yourself for Success, a sales education system focused on developing self-confidence and providing the building blocks of growing a business. Alla is a results-driven professional with over 30 years domestic and international experience in sales, accounting, financial analysis, marketing, training and customer service.

Penny Brenden
Denver, CO

The “Networking Queen of Denver,” Penny Brenden has pursued her career in all aspects of business. Penny’s gift is to connect business owners together; developing their ability to share their business with a crystal-clear vision and message so they capture the right audience. She has inspired many entrepreneurs to reach their dreams.

Marci Fournier
Greater Hartford, CT

Marci creates and produces expositions, networking events, fashion shows and conferences. She also offers virtual assistance for your everyday mailing list entries to spreadsheets and everyday bookkeeping. Marci’s passion is about creating confidence in others to be seen and heard.


2017 Grant Recipients

Throughout the year, our local eWomenNetwork Chapters raise funds so that they qualify to issue a grant to a local non-profit group. As the Chapter achieves their fundraising goals, they decide which charitable organization located in their area will receive the funds. These organizations are small, grassroots operations that have no national affiliation and who are dedicated to serving the needs of women and children within their communities.

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The Care Project - Orange County, CA 

The CARE Project, Inc. provides emotional and financial support to male and female breast cancer patients undergoing and recovering from treatment. TCP is funded entirely by donations, fundraising and grants. The CARE Project is run entirely by volunteers.

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Children First for Oregon - Portland, OR 

Children First works to improve the lives of Oregon’s kids by reporting comprehensive data on child well-being, coordinating advocacy organizations to speak up for children in state policy, supporting the success of children as they leave foster care and connecting service providers with families to foster child abuse prevention.

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RIM Ministries - Montgomery County, MD 

Retouch International Ministries (RIM) is a Non-Profit Organization in the Maryland Metropolitan area. RIM’s mission is “To empower ‘undiscovered’ (at risk of suspension, expulsion, other) teenage girls by exposing them to and teaching them core values, life skills, opportunities and resources which will prepare them for success in their adolescent and future lives.”

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Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute - Colorado Springs, CO

The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Insititute is dedicated to inspiring community and elevating women’s voices through film. Now in its 30th year, the Institute presents several annual events and film screenings, including the longest running women’s film festival in North America.

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Stigma - Free Society - Victoria, BC 

There are many stigmas that exist in society such as mental illness, ageism and racism, that contribute to our perceptions and attitudes of people who face challenges in their lives. The Stigma-Free Society’s Stigma-Free Zone programs support and educate individuals, especially youth, to manage their personal mental wellness and promote a stigma-free world.

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Western Nevada College - Reno, NV 

WNC Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to enriching Western Nevada College student’s learning experiences through scholarships and financial assistance. WNC Foundation believes students need support along the pathway to success and works in partnership with the community to ensure students have the resources, encouragement and services needed to realize their dreams.

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Women & Family Life Center - Greater Hartford, CT

Women & Family Life Center is a place where hope begins when the door opens, needs are met with dignity and lives are changed forever. Our programs provide essential pathways to women as they leave abusive relationships, rebuild their lives after divorce, face economic hardships or navigate life’s many transitions.


2017 Emerging Leader Finalists

This award recognizes our leaders of tomorrow and the promise of a vibrant and heart-centered future. Applicants in this category are the “best and the brightest” in the 22- 29 age group. Emerging Leaders must have demonstrated extraordinary and significant accomplishments in the areas of education, business and service to their communities.

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Jenny Finch
Sponsored by the
Twin Cities, MN Chapter

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Christine Hernandez
Sponsored by the
Denver, CO Chapter

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Caylin Schmenk
Sponsored by the
Orange County, CA Chapter

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Tahlia Sage
Sponsored by the
Vancouver Metro, BC Chapter

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Elizabeth Victory
Sponsored by the
Tucson, AZ Chapter

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Stephanie Whitmoyer
Sponsored by the
Colorado Springs, CO Chapter

2017 Emerging Leader Winner
Tahlia Sage

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Business Matchmaker of the Year 2017

Nikky Phinyawatana
Dallas, TX


Nikky is a visionary entrepreneur--the creator of  Asian Mint Restaurants. Recently, Asian Mint was awarded Dallas Eater’s #1 Best Thai Food, Culture Map’s Top 100 Restaurants and accolades from USA Today and Zagat. Chef Nikky infuses love and passion into her innovative Asian Fusion menus as well as her dedication to philanthropic work.