Congratulations to our 2017-2018 award winners!

It was a beautiful summer night, too hot to be outside but perfect for a cocktail celebration indoors at the Evening of Excellence sponsored by UPS! Guests’ eyes lit up when they entered the magnificently designed lobby of the Porcelanosa building on Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, with it’s 3-story windows and open terrace leading to the lower level where the party was held. 
 
Volunteers, the youngest of which was the daughter of a board member, greeted guests at the check-in point and directed them downstairs. Volunteers in the party area handed out bubbly (red or white) and wine from Green Grape Wines and Spirits, a woman owned shop in Brooklyn. The center counter was overflowing with delicious hors o’dourves from Food Trends, a local, woman owned caterer.
 
After networking and mingling for a bit it was time to recognize the outstanding members from our 2017-2018 year as well as officiate new members of the board for the 2018-2019 year.

NAWBO is an organization that is built on the foundation of empowerment. We are operated and run on the kindness, commitment and generosity of contributors, volunteers, and donors. We were so pleased to recognize each of these people! In gratitude for their contributions to NAWBO NYC, here are the awards that we presented:

Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP – Corporate Partner of the Year

Midsize NYC law firm serving the complex and varied needs of the business community

Noreen Sumpter – Board Member of the Year

Personal Life Coach

Ekaterini Ferentions – New Member of the Year

Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Gabrielle Napolitano-Swift – Spirit of NAWBO

Independent Graphic Designer and Partner at CJC Strategists

MerriLyn Gibbs – Volunteer of the Year

“Joining NAWBO has been a game-changer for me in my new business.  When I joined, my business was 1 month old and since joining, I have felt a sense of community, a great support system and have networked with amazing women!  I have also connected with several of my current clients through NAWBO!  I love this organization and I look forward to being a member and serving the community for years to come!” ~ Merrilyn Gibbs, Owner, Errands 4 Hire