2019 Nomination Awards

Join us for our annual awards luncheon! Our luncheon is open to Men and Women. We are excited to announce our newest award Business of the Year!!!

Goodwill Ambassador     ~   Leadership Diversity    ~  Care to Share  ~  Lifetime Achievement  ~   Agate Award ~

$1000 Not for Profit Grant  ~ Extraordinary Business of the Year




2018 Winners

Business of the Year
Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Agate Award
Nick Mickley

Care to Share
Beth Mihmet

Goodwill Ambassador
Julie Walker

Leadership in Diversity
Aaysha Noor

Lifetime Achievement
Kathleen Bentley


Goodwill Ambassador

The recipient of this award is a woman who is focused on community outreach, business and personal philanthropy efforts, who demonstrates leadership characteristics in our community with proven results


Agate Award

Agate is the stone of strength & courage. This award is presented to the man who has demonstrated exceptional effort that have helped advance women in business. He is a champion for gender equality with a track record of investing in and supporting women in our community


Leadership in Diversity

The recipient of this award is a business leader who excels in the pursuit of cultural diversity and inclusion in the community or workplace.  She contributes to and enhances the environment through a sustained commitment to improve opportunities for Central PA. She is a leader who is dedicated to raising issues of diversity and inclusion and protecting civil and human rights


Care To Share

The recipient of this award is a woman who shares her expertise to help others develop and grow. She creates a lasting and beneficial impact on business owners, leaders, and rising stars.


Lifetime Achievement Award

The recipient of this award is a woman who builds long-term business success, with strong community involvement and is adaptable in the changing business environment. She is innovative in her business strategy and recognized as a business leader.


Extraordinary Business of the Year

This award recognizes a business who demonstrates a positive company culture, employee development, and job growth. They focus on using their business to grow their community via sponsorship, volunteerism, and community involvement. They are a leader in their industry who contributes to economic growth and providing value for residents living and working in Central PA.

Previous Winners


Conference Alumni

Goodwill Ambassador

2017 Award Winner: Adrienne Thoman, Central Penn College

2016 Award Winner: Teri Jakob, Pinnacle Health Foundation 

2015 Award Winner: Christine Persson, Pinnacle Health

2014 Award Winner:Devan Drabik, YWCA

2013 Award Winner: Elaine Deimler, Capital Blue Cross

Leadership in Diversity Award

2017 Award Winner: Deborah Vereen, Vereen Promotions Group

2016 Award Winner: Alexandra Oles, The Hershey Company 

2015 Award Winner: Megan Peterson, Central Penn College

2014 Award Winner:

Latina Leadership Award

The Latina Leadership has now been combined under the Leadership in Diversity for 2017

2016 Award Winner: America Schwartz, Highmark Analyst 

2015 Award Winner: Nicole Borreli, Latino Connection

2014 Award Winner:

2013 Award Winner: Gloria Vazquez Merrick, LHACC

Agate Award

2017 Award Winner:Marvin Worthy, Worthy Consulting Training, LLC


Care to Share Award

2017 Award Winner: 

2016 Award Winner: Dr Karen Scolforo, Central Penn College

2015 Award Winner: Cheryl Ciambotti, Perhaps Today Ministries

2014 Award Winner: Kathy George, Cedar Cliff Subway

2013 Award Winner: Carol Aranos, Americhoice Federal Credit Union

Lifetime Achievement

2017 Award Winner: Leigh Hurst, Feel Your Boobies

2016 Award Winner: Lucy Gnazzo, Gnazzo Promotions

2015 Award Winner: Margaret Delmonico, PSECU

2014 Award Winner:Lauri Fitzpatrick, Wears Like New

2013 Award Winner : Paula Kostick , Classic Dry Cleaner

Nonprofit Grant

2017 Award Winner: Peace Promise

2016 Award Winner: Children’s Resource Central 

2015 Award Winner: Downtown Daily Bread

2014 Award Winner: Big Brothers / Big Sisters

2013 Award Winner: Project Share

$5000 Central Penn College Scholarship

2017 Award Winner: MIchelle Hoffer

2016 Award Winner: Christina Moon

2015 Award Winner: Gillian Lawrence