Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards - The Event
One room, two hundred-plus people, six fabulous women business owners being honored, six outstanding high school teen women receiving scholarships totaling over $20,000; wounded warriors recognized for their service to our country, over $5,000 raised for future scholarships education, inspiration and a group of women coming together to support, connect and inspire each other ….all in one evening. That is what happened at the San Antonio Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards (ESA) Gala on Wednesday, March 21 at the Omni hotel.
It was an honor, as President of NAWBO, to be in the center of such synergy. Six awesome women business owners were awarded by their peers. These ladies all proved to be worthy of the category they were selected to:
I want to congratulate these ladies and say that it has been not only an honor but a privilege to get to know you over the past few months. You all embody the true values of the ESA Award – Excellence, Commitment and Ingenuity. Thank you for your leadership, friendship, inspiration, and tenacity in achieving at such a high level. You give all women entrepreneurs hope in what we do each day.
- Benefactor – Diana Barrios Trevino, La Hacienda de los Barrios
- Innovator – Lisa Ingle, Bikram Yoga San Antonio
- Inspirational – Cristina Heaney, U.S. Safety Services
- Mentor – Sybel Lopez Pici, PiciCo dba McDonald’s
- Rising Star – Dr. Renee Dunlap, Texas State Optical Stone Oak
- Visionary – Mary Reilly-Magee, Love to Swim and Tumble School
Giving back is the key to helping to secure the future of entrepreneurship. NAWBO San Antonio does that through their Entrepreneurial Connections “Fostering the Entrepreneurial Dream” teen mentoring program. This six month program encourages high school teen women to further their education beyond high school, teaches them business etiquette and inspires the young women to dare to dream to be an entrepreneur – to someday own their own business. The culmination of the program is a business plan contest where the young women write a business plan. The business plans are judged and the top six are awarded scholarships totaling over $20,000. Congratulations to the 2012 scholarship winners:
Name of Business Business Owner/ Student High School Scholarship
Paws on Wheels Geneis Cedillo Holmes High School $1,000.00
The Sounds of Recovery Valerie Saenz Business Careers High School $1,000.00
San Antonio Youth Shelter Stephanie Solis South San High School $1,000.00
Dreams on Wheels Holly Judki Business Careers High School $2,500.00
Gianini’s Downtown Buffet Gianini Castillo Lee High School $5,000.00
CAPOLAVORO Tali Fisher Somerset High School $10,000.00
Many thanks to Ali Brown, international business coach who was on last season’s Secret Millionaire, who was the keynote speaker. Ali brought the audience to their feet with her heart-warming account of her Secret Millionaire show experience along with her comments that seemed to hit home with the women entrepreneurs present. Ali Brown was not the only one inspiring the crowd to do more and at a higher level. Thank you Nikki Young of PrimaDonna Productions who stepped in to auction off a Ruth’s Chris Cooking with the Chef Experience which was paired with a chauffeured driven Audi donated by Rick Cavender. Between the live auction item and the silent auction, around $5,000 was raised to support the Entrepreneurial Connections “Fostering the Entrepreneurial Dream” scholarship program. To top off the evening, NAWBO-San Antonio made a generous donation to the Wounded Warriors’ Project. The audience approved with another standing ovation as the Wounded Warrior representative accepted the donation on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.
Saying thank you doesn’t seem enough to the sponsors and donors to both the ESA and the Entrepreneurial Connections programs. Additionally, a huge thank you to the corporate partners whose on-going annual support helps to sustain the NAWBO chapter. The evening could not happen without the commitment and work of a great team. Thank you Sayuki Goldman, ESA Chair, and thank you to the ESA Committee who worked hard to make the evening such a success. I am sure there are many who supported the event that I have not mentioned. Please know your work is appreciated. Thank you from a very grateful heart!
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