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Wabash Valley Women of Influence taking nominations for 2013 honor

Friday, November 9, 2012

TERRE HAUTE -- The Wabash Valley Women of Influence (WVWI) is designed to identify and recognize top women leaders in the Wabash Valley for their positive influence.

This once-a-year event will take place in spring, and for 2013, will take place Thursday, April 11.

It is a morning breakfast program beginning at 7:30 a.m. The backdrop for the event is Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The breakfast will feature a keynote speaker and recognition for the 2013 honorees.

In 2012, a new prong was created to the Women's Professional Group, a seat to the United Way of the Wabash Valley's Campaign Cabinet.

The inaugural event occurred in April, and is the first fundraising event benefiting United Way even before it ramps up its annual campaign drive.

Wabash Valley Women of Influence naturally pairs well with the long established Power of the Purse event, which takes place annually in October.

The mission of the Wabash Valley Women of Influence is "to identify and recognize top Wabash Valley Women leaders who have forged their own path and developed their own leadership principles. These women have something to offer the next generation of women leaders. They have made a difference, blazed new trails and are leaving a mark on their community."

At the inaugural event in April, eight women were honored.

Nominations for the 2013 event are currently being accepted.

The window to make a nomination is three weeks and will close Nov. 15.

To make a nomination, a form must be completed, including a brief (300 words or less) description of why the nominee has been nominated.

The completed form and description should be mailed to Wabash Valley Women of Influence, United Way of the Wabash Valley, 2901 Ohio Blvd., Suite 215, Terre Haute, Ind., 47803.

Committee members for the 2013 Wabash Valley Women of Influence include Lisa Johnson, Kathy Barker, Christi Fenton, Karen Lyles, Kristin Marlin, Dee Reed, B.J. Riley, Jennifer-Isbell Scott, Lori Smith and Sally Zuel.

All monies raised through the WVWL go to fund Success By 6, a community based program of United Way.

Programs of Success By 6 include Mother Goose on the Loose, Real Men Read and the Born Learning Trails.

Nominations are being accepted from counties, including Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vigo and Vermillion in Indiana, and Clark County in Illinois.

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