The Women Presidents’ Organization Next Generation Award

In August 2010, Triangle Business Journal partnered with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) to launch The WPO Next Generation Award.

Because members have experienced dramatic improvements in their businesses as a result of WPO involvement, the group decided to give back by inviting one young woman to participate in monthly meetings and meet individually with WPO members over the course of the year. Hence, The
WPO Next Generation Award, whose goal is to mentor a young woman for a year with the hopes that she will—in the upcoming generation—qualify for WPO by owning a multimillion-dollar business. The results of this program were so successful that WPO is again teaming up with the TBJ to present its second WPO Next Generation Award at the 2011 TBJ Women in Business Awards Ceremony.

The inaugural winner of The WPO Next Generation Award was Shelley
McPhatter, President of BridgePoint Construction Services, a construction
consulting firm founded in 2007. BridgePoint works with developers, building owners and tenants to provide Owner’s Agent services with a focus on sustainability consulting for facilities and campuses.

To read more about the WPO Next Generation Award, as well as an interview with Shelley McPhatter, click here.


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