Emerging Leader Of The Year
Sponsored by the Greater Hartford and Shoreline, CT Chapter
Allyson Angelini is founder and owner/operator of Full Heart Farm. She raises vegetables, chicken, pork, eggs and berries to feed over 70 families. Her passion for feeding others, 10 years of experience and innovative farming practices have made her an example of what dedication to your dream can accomplish.
Business Matchmaker Of The Year
Bebe M. Kinnett
Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter
Author, Speaker & Founder of Absolute Web Designs, Bebe is an effective business connector. She received the Woman in Business Award from the regional Small Business Development Center for her efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for women. Her web site design and hosting business enhances visibility for small businesses.
Made It To A Million
After many years in commercial construction, Donna spent 20 years growing Tierra Madre into a multimillion dollar entity. As President/CEO, she leds Tierra Madre into the future with innovative, sustainable practices. She attributes building long-term relationships with clients, developing employees and giving back to the community for her success.
Los Angeles, CA
Norma is the author of Breaking Down the Walls. It is her story of how she broke down the prejudices against women during the last century. She was the first woman stockbroker permitted to walk the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, a privilege not given to women prior to this. Norma fought for and got equal pay for equal work. Young women today have many choices but to keep moving forward, it is important to understand from where we have come.
Humanitarian Of The Year
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.
President Kragen & Company
With an MBA from Harvard Business School, Ken has successfully managed some of the world's most important entertainers, including Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Trisha Yearwood, Olivia Newton-John, The Bee Gees and The Smothers Brothers. His belief that "It's much easier to do the impossible than the ordinary" has enabled him to organize the historic recording session to fight starvation in Africa, "We are the World." Ken has been honored with the United Nations Peace Medal. He received two MTV Awards, an American Music Award, several Emmy nominations and EBONY's American Black Achievement Award. He is the author of the bestselling book Life is a Contact Sport and lectured at USC, University of Tennessee, Harvard Business School, and currently teaches a ten-week undergraduate career course at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music.
Jean Smart received her B.F.A from the University of Washington. A versatile character actress, Smart has worked on stage and screen, earning three Emmy Awards (Frasier and Samantha Who?), an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the film Guinevere and a Tony Award nomination for starring with Nathan Lane in The Man Who Came to Dinner. In film, she has worked opposite Kris Kristofferson, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Walter Matthau, Reese Witherspoon, Bruce Willis, Stephen Rea and Meryl Streep, among others. Jean plays opposite Ben Affleck in The Accountant, due to be released in 2016. This fall she will star as "Floyd Gerhardt" in FARGO on FX. Jean devotes free time to Diabetes Education and Research, the Alzheimer's Association and Brain Cancer Awareness, having lost her father and sister to the latter two diseases, respectively.