WPO’s Women Winners: 2016 Annual Conference Award Recipients

The Women President’s Organization announced its three 2016 award recipients at the organization’s annual conference in Baltimore at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

The 2016 winners are:

  • Pamela Kan, President, Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation – Mary Lehman Maclachlan Economic Empowerment Award
  • Phyllis Newhouse, President & CEO, Extreme Solutions, Inc. – Adrienne Hall Award for Breaking Down Barriers
  • Judith Goldkrand, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank – President’s Award

Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Award

Mary Lehman MacLachlan was an esteemed WPO advisory Board Member and a proponent of women’s economic empowerment. She fervently believed that women should be able to take care of themselves financially. Mary Lehman MacLachlan cared deeply about women in positions of leadership and ownership. She believed women need to support other women because “if they don’t, no one else will.”

The Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award is given to a WPO member who embodies the qualities of this award, including economic independence, running a financially sound business, providing positive financial benefits for staff and supporting other business women in her community. A certified and woman-owned family of companies Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) works with manufacturers to engineer, manufacture, and build linear and rotary motion solutions, custom complex assemblies, and optimal embedded intelligence systems.

The winner of the 2016 WPO Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Award is Pamela Kan, President, Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation, located in Pittsburgh, California.

Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., WPO President & Founder said “Pamela embodies the qualities of the Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award, including economic independence, running a financially-sound business, providing positive financial benefits for staff and supporting other business women in her community. She is passionate about helping to create a more diverse, inclusive pipeline of employees for her industry and embodies the WPO tagline, ‘Reaching Farther. Together.’”

Adrienne Hall Award for Breaking Down Barriers

The Adrienne Hall Award for Breaking Down Barriers goes to a member, organization or sponsor who has gone out of the way to collaborate with the WPO, to forge an alliance that has proved helpful to the organization.

The winner of this year’s award goes to Phyllis Newhouse, President and CEO, Xtreme Solutions, Inc., an Information Technology Services & Solutions Company, located in Atlanta, Georgia.  Phyllis joined the WPO through the Women of Color Achievement Awards, a WPO partnership with 100 Black Men of America. She became a huge proponent for getting women involved in WPO when they hit the million dollar mark and are at the point of scalability.

Having demonstrated enthusiastic support for the WPO and its mission, Phyllis is one of WPO’s biggest advocates, because of what she says the organization has done for her.

The President’s Award

The President’s Award recognizes one WPO member who has gone above and beyond in terms of her commitment to the WPO organization and support for the future success of women business owners. The award has the distinction of being personally selected by WPO President & Founder, Dr. Marsha Firestone.

This year’s award goes to Judith Goldkrand, Senior Vice President, Business Banking, Wells Fargo, Palo Alto, California.

“Judith’s commitment and support has been crucial to our organization, and to the future success of women business owners. She is a long-time WPO supporter and has been a WPO board member for many years. She has hosted WPO Chapter and regional events. She is generous with her time, often referring members. Her response is always ‘whatever I can do to help’. She has consistently gone above and beyond to build networks and allegiances on WPO’s behalf,” said Dr. Marsha Firestone, WPO President & Founder.

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