The Women Presidents’ Organization, a peer advisory group for women entrepreneurs leading multi-million-dollar businesses, presented three awards to outstanding women business leaders with at its 2021 Conference: Sounds of Success.
The Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award: Bea Stotzer
This Award is named for the esteemed WPO advisory board member who provided the seed capital to fund the start of the organization. Mary Lehman MacLachlan cared deeply about women in positions of leadership and business ownership and strongly believed women need to support other women in their communities. In her memory, this award is given each year to one WPO member who embodies economic independence by running a financially sound business, providing financial benefits for staff, and supporting other businesswomen in the community.
The 2021 Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award was presented to Beatriz “Bea” Stotzer, CEO of New Capital LLC and member of the Los Angeles I WPO Chapter. She is the founder of the nonprofit New Economics for Women, which for over 30 years has helped build economic mobility for women, particularly Latinas and their families, through financial security, housing, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. Bea established “New Capital,” her for-profit business, in 1996. Not only does New Capital provide property management for low-income housing, it also serves as a catalyst for building partnerships to support and enhance affordable housing development for single parents, families, and award-winning senior developments. A lifelong advocate for economic opportunities, especially for vulnerable women and families, Bea is resolute about increasing the role of women as leaders within the finance sector.
The Adrienne Hall Award for Breaking Down Barriers: Jill Osur
The award is named in honor of the WPO’s esteemed first board chair, Adrienne Hall, in honor of her efforts to foster the success and growth of the WPO by making connections that allowed the organization to break down barriers and facilitate greatness among its members. A strong advocate for women’s rights, Adrienne Hall started the first women-owned advertising company in the United States. The Adrienne Hall Award is bestowed upon an individual in the WPO community who has gone above and beyond to collaborate with the WPO and forge relationships that have enhanced its mission and enriched its community.
The 2021 Adrienne Hall Award for Breaking Down Barriers was presented to Jill Osur, President and CEO of Teneral Cellars. She has exemplified the spirit of this award in everything she does, launching her company in order to disrupt the wine industry and build a diverse and inclusive company that elevates women and inspires change through great wine. She prioritizes working with WPO vendors and other organizations that are led by women that share the values of: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Team Building; Female Leadership; and Operating In Your Greatness. She believes a rising tide lifts all ships, and through her success she has lifted up so many others.
The President’s Award: The WPO Chapter Chairs
The President’s Award recognizes WPO members who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the WPO organization and their support of women business leaders. This award has the distinction of being personally selected by WPO CEO, Camille Burns. The 2021 award was, for the first time in its history, presented to a group that gave their heart and soul over the course of the last year to WPO members: the WPO Chapter Chairs.
The WPO Chapter Chairs have shown what it means to live the values of the WPO, and be supportive, thoughtful, tenacious, insatiably curious, and community-focused. Their resiliency and flexibility in service to the members of their chapter and to the wider community the WPO has built around the world have been nothing short of amazing. The mission of the WPO is to facilitate greatness within its members, and they have truly facilitated greatness in the past year and beyond.