WE Celebrate

Women's Business Awards


Celebrating the contributions and inspiration of women leaders in Cincinnati USA. 

2015 WE Celebrate Winners

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber presents the WE Celebrate Awards, honoring women and women-owned businesses for their achievement, innovation, social responsibility and mentoring. Congratulations to our 2015 winners and finalists. 

2015 Award Winners and Finalists

Woman-Owned Business of the Year (Small)

Winner: Robin Throckmorton, strategic HR, Inc.
Forza Marketing
Game Day Communications
NextStep Networking
The Yoga Bar

Woman-Owned Business of the Year (Mid-Large)

Winner: Mary Miller, JANCOA Janitorial Services
Amy Brenner MD & Associates, LLC
EMI Network
General Factory/WD Supply
Solica Construction

Woman of Year - Corporate

Winner: Gina Drosos, Assurex Health
Susan Branscome, NorthMarq Capital       

Lisa Knutson, The E.W. Scripps Company
Candace McGraw, The Cincinnati/NKY International Airport

Woman of Year - Entrepreneur

Winner: Elizabeth Knuppel, Skystone Partners
Tara Halpin, Steinhauser
Karen Kohlan, Cabi
Kate Nelson, Change Guides, LLC       
Bridget Reinberger, Lebanon Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Woman of Year - Nonprofit

Winner: Patty Beggs, Cincinnati Opera
Linda Antus, Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network
Sandi Kuehn, Center for Addiction Treatment
Sheryl McConney, Envision Children
Elizabeth Pierce, Cincinnati Museum Center
Kristen Schlotman, Greater Cincinnati Film Commission

The Empowerment Award Presented by Fifth Third Bank

Winner: Bill Keating Jr., Keating Muething & Klekamp
Valerie Landell, The Visiting Nurses Association
Elaine Suess, Beyondbeing Coaching & Consulting
Mary Welsh Schlueter, Partnership for Innovation in Education

Community Impact

Winner: Terry Segerberg, Mesa Industries, Inc.
Kelly Dolan, Ingage Partners
Lynn Elfers, Affordable Language Services
Suzanne C. McNabb, Thompson Hine, LLP
Allison Stevens, Powernet

Businesses WE Watch Winners

City Silence/True Body Project
the curious agency, LLC
Daughters in Charge
Dolce Maison Luxury Candies
Ducks in a Row
Fiber-Seal of SW Ohio & Kentucky


Janet B. Reid, Ph.D.

Reid_Janet 2015

Janet Reid is the CEO of BRBS World, LLC, a private, boutique, global management consulting consortium, serving a select group of forward-leaning clients whose growth is dependent upon building world-class leaders.

Dr. Reid was a founder of the international management consulting firm, Global Novations, LLC,  a former Goldman Sachs portfolio company. Prior to, she spent a decade at P&G where she was an innovation and product development executive and marketing executive. In addition to her scientific and marketing contributions, Dr. Reid was a pioneer in leading diversity initiatives and was given a Procter and Gamble Pioneering Woman award for groundbreaking results in changing corporate culture. She is a thought-leader in diversity and inclusion having co-authored the book The Phoenix Principles: Leveraging Inclusion to Transform your Company and the Phoenix Principles Work Book .
Dr. Reid has extensive board experience and is active in civic affairs on a local, state and national level. She has received numerous honors and awards over the years including: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Deloitte and Touch 100 Wise Women; A.K. Steel Foundation Steel Magnolia; Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Dream Maker Youth Champion; Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year; YWCA Career Woman of Achievement; Leadership Cincinnati Distinguished Alumni, among others.


A program of Women Excel, presented by:                            WE Celebrate presenting sponsor:
                fifth third curious                                           Accenture
   Excellence sponsors:

             KMK Law   
                Media sponsor:      


View past WE Celebrate winners and finalists

For questions, contact Tamara Lang at tlang@cincinnatichamber.com or 513.579.3130.

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