7 honored as top area women in business
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

7 honored as top area women in business

Some of the past and present Top Women in Business award winners.
  • Want to go For information on the Champagne Reception and Award ceremony Oct. 24 to honor the Top Women in Business 2013 www.businesstodaync.com or call 704-895-1335. Tickets are $25 and the reservation deadline is Oct. 21.

Seven area women will be honored at the ninth annual Top Women in Business Awards on Oct. 24.

The event will be held at Davidson’s River Run Country Club from 6 to 8 p.m. and is presented by Business Today. It will include a power networking session facilitated by Cheryl Kane of business consulting firm Barton & Kane Consolidated.

The champagne reception will feature heavy hors d’oeurves and a cash bar with additional beverages. Display tables will feature free samples of products for women. There will be door prizes.

Honorees are from North Mecklenburg, Iredell and Cabarrus counties who have demonstrated “leadership, growth, achievement, and charitable work,” said Gail Williams, sales and marketing director for Business Today. A committee of former winners selected the “cream of the crop” to be honored, Williams said. The number of winners varies from year to year, and has ranged from three to 11.

The winners for the North Mecklenburg area are Tanya Blackmon, president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, and photographer Deborah Young of Cornelius’s Deborah Young Studios.

Iredell-area winners are Hilary Broadway of Allen Tate Real Estate’s Mooresville branch and Wendy Moran of People’s Bank in Denver.

Cabarrus winners are Diane Young of the Concord Downtown Development Corp., Tracie Brunt of Concord’s S&D Coffee and Tammy Whaley of Duke Energy.

“It is important to formally recognize women in business because of the men-to-women ratio (especially among C-Level executives),” said Williams, “and also the fact that women generally shuffle a business workload, children, family and charitable work, which is a daunting task. And even in today’s society, some of them experience prejudicial attitudes in the male-dominated workplace.”

The women will be given trophies at the award ceremony.

Williams said some characteristics generally shared by winners can include the number of people they supervise, level of difficulty of accomplishment in relation to factors like marketplace economics and personal strengths, high levels of charitable work and support, and their number of years in business with their current employers.

Two of the winners answer some questions about being honored as Top Women in Business:

Q. What is your position and how long have you been working for your current company?

A. Hilary Broadway, broker-in-charge and leader of our Mooresville branch: I have been with Allen Tate Company for 18 years.

Deborah Young: Deborah Young Studio was started in 1991, so this is my 22nd year here in North Carolina! I am the owner and photographic artist.

Q. What does is mean to you to be honored as one of the 7 Top Women in Business this year?

A. HB: There are countless individuals who give time and energy to contribute to our communities. To be recognized as one of them is quite special.

DY: Actually it took me by surprise. I have photographed many of the past honorees, I am grateful to be included in this respected, successful group of leaders.

Q. What influences contributed to the development of your business ethic, and/or what drives you to be the go-getter you are?

HB: I have been very fortunate to have been surrounded my entire life by hard-working people who are passionate about what they do. From my family to friends and to co-workers and to my leadership team. When you are passionate about what you do, the work isn’t work. I have always been driven to help others and to make a difference. I get to do both every day.

DY: Growing up in a strict military family outside of the United States, I learned respect both for my parents and for all citizens of the world. Changes in schools, country or state, homes... all contributed to my outgoing enthusiastic personality and my love of culture and travel. Through the lens of my camera, whether here in Charlotte, or as far away as Afghanistan, I feel life. My eyes, my mind are opened.

Q. What advice do you have for women and girls trying to change the world?

HB: Find your passion and follow it. Trust in yourself. Learn to laugh at yourself – don’t take yourself too seriously. Listen to constructive feedback, both good and bad. Take what you can use from it, and discard the rest. And always be true to yourself and to your values.

DY: Set goals. Write them down. Be open. Say “Yes.” I believe that every time you say yes, whether it is an invitation to work as a volunteer, or a job that you've never done, maybe an offer to travel somewhere new ... be brave and say yes. If you say no, you may close an even bigger opportunity in the future that started with that very first little yes.

Marjorie Dana is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marjorie? Email her at marjorie.dana@yahoo.com.

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