Let’s Hear a ‘Brava!’ for These Women Leaders
Sam DiGennaro, CEO and founder of her namesake PR agency, DiGennaro Communications (DGC), was among the 40 business women honored at the New York SmartCEO Brava! Awards held at Capitale in lower Manhattan on Sept. 23.
The annual award ceremony recognizes CEOs and decision makers who are chosen for exhibiting qualities such as vision, passion, compassion, dedication and perseverance both in business and in giving back to their communities.
SmartCEO magazine honored women from an array of industries that included ad-marketing, fashion, design, health and wellness, and the law. Hundreds of attendees watched short videos about each woman’s perspectives on what it means to be a business leader.
“It’s up to us as women to really support each other, build each other up and help break through those boundaries,” DiGennaro said in her video, adding that GM’s Mary Barra is the CEO she most admires because she started at the car company as an entry-level employee and rose to become its global leader.
DGC specializes in B2B communications on behalf of ad-media-marketing-tech companies as well as for consumer-facing multinationals such as Facebook, Live Nation, and McDonald’s. The agency supports programs that promote literacy among public-school kids and visits to the elderly. Several times a year, DGC devotes hours for staffers to read to elementary school students and to visit nursing homes to play bingo with residents.
The following entrepreneurs are but a sample of the high-achieving 2014 SmartCEO Brava! Award recipients:
- Jennifer Blumin, Founder & CEO of Skylight Group, a real estate and venue management company that retains some of the raw charm of properties for business clients.
- Lynne S. Katzmann, Founder & CEO of Juniper Communities. The company runs assisted-living residences that offer skilled nursing care for senior citizens.
- Elisabete Miranda, President & CEO of CQ Fluency, a multicultural communications firm that promises translation services that observe cultural fluency in all its clients’ messaging.
- Susan White Morrissey, President and CEO of White + Warren, a high-end women’s apparel company.
- Ruth Rathblott, President & CEO of Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF). The organization provides academic enrichment programs in underserved communities for students in middle school through high school.
- Robyn Streisand, President and CEO of The Mixx, a graphic design firm. In 2008, she co-founded the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
The night wrapped up with a toast to all of the fantastic women who have put their full hearts and efforts into their businesses and the larger community. Congratulations all.