The Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce Women’s
Business Council has honored seven local women as part of the 2017 Women of
More than 130 local business
women and men gathered Wednesday, May 3, at Elite Banquet Center in Kokomo to
celebrate the many contributions of local professional women and to honor seven
women who are making a difference in the Howard County community. The event was
sponsored by Liberty Financial Group, a longtime support of the Women of
“The Women’s Business Council
was created to connect, mentor and develop professional women in our business
community by empowering them through educational and networking opportunities,”
said Marla Miller, Manager of Memberships for the Greater Kokomo Chamber of
Commerce. “And the Women of Excellence Awards embodies that spirit of
A highlight of the evening was
the presentation of the Elizabeth Foster Award, an honor designated for a
Howard County professional woman who helps other women in the community reach
their full potential. Named for 19th century Kokomo founder Elizabeth Foster,
the award was given to Tracy Martino of the Family Service Association of
Finalists for the award were
Gabby VanAlstine of Indiana University Kokomo and Jessica Green of Hoosier
Women of Excellence Awards
were given to five professional women in Howard County, including:
• Angie Martino of Martino’s
Italian Villa received the Break-Through Professional Award, which recognizes a
woman who has risen through the ranks of her profession.
• Deb Mumaw of Sam’s Club
received the Volunteer Award, which recognizes a woman who has a passion for
her Chamber and community.
• Breanne Bennett of Farm
Credit Mid America received the Connector Award, which recognizes a woman who
connects others to build business relationships.
• Jennifer Hindman of
Community Howard Regional Hospital received the Leadership Award, which
recognizes a woman who inspires others to achieve greatness.
• Abbie Smith of the United
Way of Howard County received the Maverick Award, which recognizes a woman who
has affected positive change in their profession.
Also, Holly Ireland of
Solutions Day Spa was honored with the WBC Member of the Year Award.
“Howard County has so many
amazing and strong women making strides in their chosen fields,” Miller said.
“It’s an honor for the Chamber to recognize them.”
For more information on the
Greater Kokomo Women’s Business Council and the Chamber of Commerce, visit
www.GreaterKokomo.com or on Facebook at