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w2wlink Announces Ascendancy Award Winners for Business Women
Sep 14, 2010 (04:09 PM EDT)

Thirty-two Award Winners in Corporate, Entrepreneur, and Career Transition Settings across the nation

DALLAS, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ --, the premier professional online community for women, is pleased to announce its second Ascendancy Award recipients. Along with partners ClubCorp and American Airlines, w2wlink initiated the Ascendancy Awards to recognize, reward and inspire women to maximize their potential in their careers. Candidates were nominated from eight cities and at-large locales across the nation for achievement in Corporate, Entrepreneurial and Career Transition settings.

These women were recognized not only for their professional strides but also for ascending to the role of mentors to other women and finding time during their own careers to strengthen others’. The 2009 and 2010 winners are in Executive Panels sharing their perspective from the C-Suite in events at ClubCorp clubs in major cities across the U.S. Join us at member events – to learn more, visit our Fall Events & Seminars page.  

The second annual Ascendancy Award winners, by category, are:

Transition to Transformation:

Gwendlyne Smalls, Law Office of Gwendlyne Smalls, LLC, South Carolina

Teresa L. Magnus, Vulcan Industrial Contractors, Alabama

Melanie Sabelhaus, Superior Financial Group, D.C.

Sarah Palisi Chapin, Hail Merry Foods, Dallas

Shaunna Black, Shaunna Black and Associates, Dallas

Lizz Patrick, Patrick Law, Atlanta

Susan Johnson, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc., Atlanta

Lois Scott, Scott Balice Strategies, Chicago

Pat Mitchell, Paley Center for the Arts, NYC

Susan Luongo, Stellar Technology Consulting, Boston


Elise Hernandez, Ideal System Solutions, Minnesota

Angela Kreps, Kansas Bioscience Organization, Kansas

Lorna Donatone, Sodexo, D.C.

Ann Stallard, Graphic Communications Corporation, Atlanta

Molly Fletcher, Career Sports and Entertainment, Atlanta

Marie Diaz, Pursuit of Excellence, Inc., Dallas

Paige Arnof-Fenn, Mavens and Moguls, Boston

Susan Arledge, Arledge Partners Real Estate Group, Dallas

Nicole Loftus, Zorch International, Chicago

Elisabeth DeMarse,, NYC

Rebecca Boenigk, Neutral Posture, Inc., Houston

Megan Casey, Squidoo, San Francisco

Corporate Fast Track:

Pat McKay, Templeton, Florida

Laura Odell, Institute for Defense Analyses, D.C.

Joyce Mazero, Haynes and Boone, Dallas

Chris St. Clare, KPMG, Atlanta

Becky Frankiewicz, PepsiCo Frito-Lay and Quaker Oats, Chicago

Pernille Spiers-Lopez, IKEA Group, Chicago

Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Boston Power, Boston

Marilyn Johnson, IBM, NYC

Irene Au, Google, San Francisco

Niloufar Molavi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Houston

In addition, one winner was chosen from each category as the national Ascendancy Award winner. Those winners are:

Transition to Transformation: Lois Scott, Scott Balice Strategies, Chicago

Entrepreneurial: Molly Fletcher, Career Sports and Entertainment, Atlanta

Corporate Fast Track: Niloufar Molavi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Houston

Affiliated women business organizations that are supportive of our mission include:  EWGA, NAWBO, Women Corporate Directors, Women's Foodservice Forum, Women President's Organization, The Women's Museum and Linkage. Partners who have been integral to our mission: ClubCorp and American Airlines, Destination Cellars with Lail Vineyards, and media partners Pink Magazine.

ClubCorp is The World Leader in Private Clubs. Internationally, ClubCorp's affiliates own or operate nearly 160 golf courses, country clubs, private business and sports clubs, and resorts.

American Airlines is a proud partner of The AAdvantage® program is American's travel awards program. It was the original travel awards program established more than 25 years ago, and today is the world's largest., the premier professional women community, is dedicated to professional women, helping them get to where they're going – faster. w2wlink provides expert knowledge, tools to meet challenges, and connection with others in online networking groups, webinars and events. Connect with us further on Twitter and LinkedIn for articles, event information, discussion and more.

W2wlink is currently accepting nominations and applications for the 3rd Annual Ascendancy Awards. Visit the events page to view nomination and application forms, due January 31, 2011.

For more information email us at or call 214.866.0299.

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