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Womens Business Council honors local professional women


The Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council has honored seven local women as part of the 2017 Women of Excellence Awards.

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 Excellence Awards.

“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 empowerment.”

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 Howard County.

Finalists for the award were Gabby VanAlstine of Indiana University Kokomo and Jessica Green of Hoosier AM/FM Radio.

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.”

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