CINDERELLA TO CEO AWARDS

Winners of the Cinderella to CEO Awards Named

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August 13, 2019 - New York, NY - The Cinderella to CEO Awards recognize women who have overcome obstacles to change businesses, communities and industries for the better. The inaugural awards, inspired by the book From Cinderella to CEO, occurred Thursday, August 8 at the JW Marriott Essex House, honoring 200 women across industries and communities who were nominated for the awards.


Fiserv, Travel Leaders Group, Carnival Cruise Line, 20/20 Women On Boards, KPMG Women's PGA Golf Clinics, Marriott Hotels, Aimbridge Hospitality, Red Roof, Toyota North America and Broussard Global were sponsor companies and organizations that recognize and reward women across industries who lead, inspire and support others to achieve their dreams.


The Cinderella to CEO luncheon attendees voted Ellen Voie, founder & CEO of Women in Trucking as Cinderella to CEO of the Year.  Lorraine Hariton, president and CEO of Catalyst, Inc., was named Chief Wand Officer by the organizers of the event, acknowledging Hariton for leading others to support women for success.


Mia Mends, chief administrative officer of Sodexo North America, co-emceed the event with Cary Broussard, author and founder of the awards. 


Nine category winners, including Voie, were recognized by a distinguished Cinderella to CEO panel of judges for their support of other women, their transformational ability to overcome obstacles and barriers, and their desire to motivate others to accomplish their dreams. Each award category is tied to a chapter in Broussard's book.


Voie began her career as a truck dispatcher, eventually owning her own fleet of trucks.  She has worked to transform the trucking industry to be more inclusive of women as founder of womenintrucking.org, growing the organization from two people to more than 4,000 corporate and individual members. 


Prizes were provided by Carnival Cruise Line, 2020 Women on Boards, KPMG PGA golf clinics, The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, Broussard Global and the Cinderella to CEO "WAND" ambassadors. 


Performer Kalyn West sang the theme song from the NYC Broadway musical The Prom "Dance with You" to all the finalists and audience members after announcing to the audience how the awards inspired her as one of four daughters, raised by a single mother.  


More than 200 women, who are improving communities, businesses and industries in the U.S., were nominated for the awards on cinderellaceoawards.com. Nominations for next year's awards will open Jan. 1, 2020. 


Judges for the awards include: Madeline di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute in Media Studies; Lorraine Hariton, president & CEO, Catalyst, Inc; Mia Mends, CAO, Sodexo North America; Marilyn Nagel, CEO of Watermark, Sheila Robinson, founder & CEO of Diversity Woman magazine and Betty Spence, president, National Association Female Executives. 


"Our goal is to accelerate the successes of women who have worked hard and helped others to also succeed by connecting them to opportunities and each other," said Cary Broussard, CEO of Broussard Global. "In 2030, women in the U.S. are expected to control 75 percent of the wealth in this country. We want the wealth to be in the good, caring hands of those who strive to make the world a better place."


Alison Malmon, Founder and CEO of Active Minds won the Red Riding Hood category. The audience voted Malmon runner up to Cinderella to CEO of the Year. She displayed exceptional bravery in overcoming an extraordinary hurdle to reach a challenging goal. Finalists in the category included:

• Anne Kirkpatrick, Chief of Police, Oakland Police Department

• Katherine Klimitas, Graphic Artist, KAK Art NOLA

• LaTonia Smith, Brotherhood, HIV Counselor

Sheila Brooks, Ph.D., Founder of SRB Communications won the Beauty and the Beast award category. She demonstrated outstanding, inspirational leadership in a seemingly hopeless situation by creating opportunities, supporting and mentoring, and providing solutions for gender equity. Finalists in the category included:

• Dori Berinstein, Lead Producer, The Prom on Broadway 

• Brittny Drye, Founder, Editor Love, Inc. 

• Terri A. Haack, President, Terranea Resort 

Deborah Jackson and Andrea Turner Moffitt, Founders, Plum Alley Investments won the Hansel & Gretel award category. They used extraordinary foresight and vision to blaze a new path to navigate tenuous circumstances. Working as a team, they are creating remarkable change that no one thought possible. The leaders' solution required group think and collaboration. Finalists in the category included:

• Deborah Bial, Founder, The Posse Foundation 

• Georgene Huang and Romy Newman, Founders, FairyGodBoss 

• The Red Roof Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, and Hotel Team

Vivian Greentree, PHD, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility & Head of Corporate Citizenship, First Data Corporation (now Fiserv) won the Sleeping Beauty award category - She improved access to services that improved social and economic opportunities in an innovative way for a vulnerable population or group(s). She is inclusive, manages differences, and builds unity. Finalists in the category included:

• Michelle Guelbart, Director of Private Sector Engagement, ECPAT-USA 

• Dr. Terry Neese, CEO, Founder, Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women 

• Layla Sabourian–Tarwé, Founder & CEO, Chef Koochooloo 

Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary won the Snow White award category. She introduced a unique concept, innovative idea, or policy. She approached a problem by innovatively uniting hearts and minds, building rapport & camaraderie with others. Finalists in the category included:

• Allison Orr, Founder and Artistic Director, Forklift Danceworks

• Vicky Rey, Vice President, Guest Care & Communications, Carnival Cruise Line

• Shawna Suckow, CMP, Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) Founder 

Georgienne Bradley, Founder/Director, Sea Save (seasave.org) won the Swim with the Swans award category- She developed a product or system that fundamentally improved the environment, positively disrupting the status quo. She identified a problem, focused on her research, and achieved a beautiful and excellent solution for the environment. 

• Elaine "Ella" Delio, Director, Environmental and Regional Initiatives, Greater New Orleans Foundation 

• Christine Siller, Executive Director, Friends of Rye Nature Center 

• Thyme Sullivan, Founder and CEO, TOP, The Organic Project 

Nadine Vogel, CEO, Springboard Consulting, LLC, won the Thumbelina award category. She performed an outstanding, ethical act that brought positive results to another individual, community or organization, acting with purpose and initiative. 

• Peg Dougherty Marcus, Co-Founder, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association 

• Kelly Krenzel Founder, Hope Blooms 

• Michele Sarkisian, CEO, President P3 Advisors 

Bo Talley-Williams, Founder, Balling for Lupus Luvs Foundation won the Rapunzel award category. She utilized her voice to spark an innovative, positive result, advocating for others and building alliances

• Kathy L. Murphy, Founder, Organizer, Director The Pulpwood Queens Book Club

• Marylou Martinez-Mazzia, Founder, Community Cares for You 

• Nancy Witter, Comedian, Author & Life Coach, Hot Flash Laughs

Ellen Voie won the award category "Climbing the Beanstalk." She cultivated an innovative improvement to the workplace to create inroads for women to achieve career goals and enhanced work-life balance opportunities for all genders. Finalists in the category included:

• Ashley Materise, WIIT Board Member, Toyota Motor North America

• Georgia Green, CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer), BE-U Revolution 

• Frida Polli, CEO, and Founder, Pymetrics 


The Cinderella to CEO Awards sponsors and supporters include: Fiserv, Travel Leaders Group, 2020 Women on Boards, KPMG PGA Golf Clinics, Aimbridge Hospitality, Carnival Cruise Line, Red Roof, Marriott Hotels and JW Marriott Essex House, Toyota North America, Inspirus and Sodexo Benefits & Rewards Services - USA, American Hotel Lodging Association and Broussard Global Communications.

The Cinderella to CEO Awards are inspired by the book, From Cinderella to CEO, How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life, authored by Cary J. Broussard with co-writer Anita Bell. The book has been published in ten languages (Wiley). The book can be purchased on cinderellaceo.com

Ms. Broussard, a New York University adjunct professor, author and speaker, is a co-founder of Broussard Global Communications, LLC, and has been recognized for her award-winning women's marketing programs, awards programs and inclusive leadership work. 

For more information contact: 

info@cinderellaceoawards.com or call 973-216-4283

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Finalists Named in Cinderella to CEO Awards

August 8, 2019 Awards Luncheon Honors Women Who Transform, Inspire & Empower

July 1, 2019 - New York, NY - The Cinderella to CEO Awards, to be held Thursday, August 8 in New York City, will highlight 36 award finalists and 200+ nominees who have inspiring, modern, tales of transformation, changing the world for the better.

Nine category winners, to be chosen by a distinguished Cinderella to CEO panel of judges, will be announced and featured at the August 8 event. The awards luncheon and networking event will be held at the JW Marriott Essex House in Manhattan.


Women and men across the U.S. were encouraged to nominate women for the awards on the website, cinderellaceoawards.com, where tickets to the August 8 event are on sale. The event is open to the public. Sponsorships, tables and individual tickets are available.


Inspired by the book From Cinderella to CEO and the morals found in classic fairy tales, the inaugural Cinderella to CEO Awards recognize women leaders for their support of other women, their transformational ability to overcome obstacles and barriers, and their ability to motivate others to accomplish their dreams. One of the nine winners will be named Cinderella to CEO of the Year at the event, voted upon during a closed ballot vote by the luncheon audience.


Travel Leaders Group, 2020 Women on Boards, KPMG PGA golf clinics, Carnival Cruise Line, Broussard Global and the Cinderella to CEO "WAND" ambassadors are providing prizes for the finalists and Cinderella to CEO of the Year. "We've discovered hundreds of real-life Cinderella to CEOs, who are improving communities, businesses and industries for the better. We want to accelerate their successes by connecting them to opportunities and each other," said Cary Broussard, founder of the Cinderella to CEO Awards.


The Award Category Finalists for the Cinderella to CEO Awards  Beauty and the Beast Award Finalists - Demonstrated outstanding, inspirational leadership in a seemingly hopeless situation by creating opportunities, supporting and mentoring, and providing solutions for gender equity.

Dori Berinstein, Lead Producer, The Prom on Broadway 

Sheila Brooks, Ph.D., Founder, President and CEO, 

SRB Communications 

Brittny Drye, Founder, Editor, Love, Inc. 

Terri A. Haack, President, Terranea Resort

Climbing the Beanstalk Award Finalists - Cultivated an innovative improvement to the workplace to create inroads for women to achieve career goals and enhanced work-life balance opportunities for all genders.

Ashley Materise, WIIT Board Member, Toyota Motor North America

Georgia Green, CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer), BE-U Revolution

Frida Polli, CEO and Founder, Pymetrics

Ellen Voie, President, CEO, Women In Trucking

Hansel & Gretel Award Finalists - Used extraordinary foresight and vision to blaze a new path to navigate tenuous circumstances. Working as a team, they are creating remarkable change that no one thought possible. The leaders' solution required group think and collaboration. 

Deborah Bial, Founder, The Posse Foundation 

Georgene Huang and Romy Newman, Founders, FairyGodBoss 

Deborah Jackson and Andrea Turner Moffitt, Founders, Plum Alley

The Red Roof Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, and Hotel Team

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Snow White Award Finalists - Introduced a unique concept, innovative idea, or policy. She approached a problem by innovatively uniting hearts and minds, building rapport & camaraderie with others. 

Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO, Luminary

Allison Orr, Founder and Artistic Director, Forklift Danceworks 

Vicky Rey, Vice President, Guest Care & Communications, Carnival Cruise Line 

Shawna Suckow, CMP, Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) Founder

Sleeping Beauty Award Finalists - Improved access to services that improved social and economic opportunities in an innovative way for a vulnerable population or group(s). She is inclusive, manages differences, and builds unity.

Vivian Greentree, PHD, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility & Head of Corporate Citizenship, First Data Corporation

Michelle Guelbart, Director of Private Sector Engagement, ECPAT-USA

Dr. Terry Neese, CEO, Founder, Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women

Layla Sabourian–Tarwé, Founder & CEO, Chef Koochooloo

Swim with the Swans Award Finalists- Developed a product or system that fundamentally improved the environment, positively disrupting the status quo. She identified a problem, focused on her research, and achieved a beautiful and excellent solution for the environment.

Georgienne Bradley, Founder/Director, Sea Save

Elaine "Ella" Delio, Director, Environmental and Regional Initiatives, Greater New Orleans Foundation

Christine Siller, Executive Director, Friends of Rye Nature Center

Thyme Sullivan, Founder and CEO, TOP, The Organic Project

Thumbelina Award Finalists - Performed an outstanding, ethical act that brought positive results to another individual, community or organization, acting with purpose and initiative.

Peg Dougherty Marcus, Co-Founder, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

Kelly Krenzel, Founder, Hope Blooms

Michele Sarkisian, CEO, President P3 Advisors

Nadine Vogel, CEO, Springboard Consulting, LLC

Red Riding Hood Award Finalists - Displayed exceptional bravery in overcoming an extraordinary hurdle to reach a challenging goal.

Anne Kirkpatrick, Chief of Police, Oakland Police Department

Katherine Klimitas, Graphic Artist, KAK Art NOLA

Alison Malmon, Founder and CEO, Active Minds

LaTonia Smith, Brotherhood, HIV Counselor

Rapunzel Award Finalists - Utilized her voice to spark an innovative, positive result, advocating for others and building alliances
Marylou Martinez-Mazzia, Founder, Community Cares for You

Kathy L. Murphy, Founder, Organizer, Director The Pulpwood Queen Book Club

Bo Talley-Williams, Founder, Balling for Lupus Luvs Foundation

Nancy Witter, Comedian, Author & Life Coach, Hot Flash Laughs

Cinderella CEO Grand Prize Award - The grand prize winner "never gives up," and has instituted a remarkable transformation of her own life, a business, community or industry, and will be voted on by the audience and the judges at the event.