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The Woman of Distinction Award honors women who are advancing women's business in the DC Metro area. Our 2015 Woman of Distinction Award will be given on June 3rd!

The Woman of Distinction Award honors accomplished women business owners who demonstrate strong leadership in the advancement of women in business in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and beyond.

It's our way of thanking those who strengthen our members and the women's business environment.


We are looking for a woman with a track record of:

  • Strong support for women business owners
  • Promoting and enabling the women's business environment

Candidates must be:

  • Located in the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area
  • A female business owner or decision-making executive responsible for business performance
  • A woman whose work shows her contribution to the advancement of women in business

Additional Information:

  • NAWBO membership is not required.
  • Self-applications will be accepted.
  • Finalists must attend the award presentation, June 3, 2015 (event sponsorship information can be found here)
  • Current NAWBO Greater DC board members are ineligible.
  • Nominees may not have received this award within the last 5 years.


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Learn More About Past Winners & Honorees

lewiswodRenee Lewis | 2014 Woman of Distinction Award Winner
Renee Lewis, CEO & President of Pensare Group, has 25 years of building successful businesses and business units. She loves to work with inspired business leaders who know they can do more with what they have but don’t have the time to invest to realize that potential. She has always leveraged her love of software engineering principles (that is, designing for efficiency and effectiveness) and getting things done through others (that is, managing difficult teams). Her most interesting adventures were turning around and then selling a technology company to Cerner (wonderful experience albeit tough ride), and creating a viable and productive team after a four-company merger to create a stronger offering in eLearning.


gingermillerGinger Miller | 2014 Woman of Distinction Honoree
Ginger Miller is a Navy Veterans and the Founder and CEO of Women Veterans Interactive The mission of Women Veterans interactive is to Support Women Veterans through Advocacy, Empowerment, Interaction, Outreach and Unification .A passionate leader, skilled mentor, and tireless advocate, Ginger has enriched the lives of thousands of female veterans, and particularly those who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). She champions the strengths of her fellow women veterans, and actively recruits their engagement in mentoring, networking, employment, caregiving, and advocacy. Ginger serves as Chairwoman of the Prince George’s Commission for Veterans and is a Commissioner on the Maryland Commission for Women.


AAndaHeadshotAmy Anda | 2014 Woman of Distinction Honoree
Amy Anda is an award-winning executive, speaker, and social entrepreneur working at the seams of technology, government, and social enterprise. As a Director at Credence Management Solutions LLC, an award-winning 8(a) / Small Disadvantaged Business, Amy leads teams focused on providing innovative management and technology solutions to solve critical business and mission needs at organizations like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Defense.  Amy earned her BSBA in International Management and Economics from American University, her MBA from the University of Maryland, and studied abroad in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


web irwinFrederique Campagne Irwin | 2013 Woman of Distinction Award Winner
Frederique’s company, Her Corner, builds hyper-local and face-to-face circles for women business owners who are committed to growing their businesses. Membership includes specific criteria and groups are located across the DC Metro Area, and soon will be in other US cities and in International locations. She and her team personally lead a number of small-group forums in which they hand-select groups of no more than 12 women business owners who are committed to growing their business and whom they believes will benefit tremendously from working together in a forum setting.


web grayBev Gray | 2013 Woman of Distinction Honoree
Bev Gray leads a full service trade show exhibit company located in Northern Virginia right outside of Washington D.C. She has been doing it for 18 years and is ready to take Exhibit Edge and it's employees to the next level strengthening the service level and value to clients. When she's not working at her company, she's making connections at various networking groups and organizations through out the area. She enjoys helping other women business owners make connections and succeed. She knows that any new relationship can lead to the next great client. When she's not connecting, she's enjoying her family and friends, reading, watching movies, playing outdoors, and just hanging out.


web raineyDoreen Rainey | 2013 Woman of Distinction Honoree
Doreen Rainey is a dynamic, seasoned and no-nonsense personal and business coach, speaker and management consultant. Teaching and training individuals, entrepreneurs and executives, her proven systems and methods empower her clients to accelerate their success. Known for her RADICAL approach to helping her clients move beyond the ordinary and expected into the extraordinary, Doreen has touched the lives of thousands. With a calling to show people how to define success for themselves and get the guts to go after it, she focuses on sharing practical, implementable strategies, tools and processes to move from where you are to where you want to go.


shSam Horn | 2012 Woman of Distinction Award Winner
Sam Horn, The Intrigue Expert, is the author of such critically-acclaimed books as POP! Tongue Fu!® , and the upcoming SerenDestiny® She was a top-rated speaker at the INC. 500/5000 convention and receives raves from such organizations as Cisco, Intel, Capital One, EO in America and Europe, Boeing and Amgen. She’s a frequent media guest who’s been featured on NPR, MSNBC,, NY Times, Washington Post, and Fast

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ljLouisa Jaffe | 2012 Woman of Distinction Honoree
As President and CEO of TAPE, Ms. Jaffe manages TAPE's business affairs, client, corporate, and employee relations, and marketing outreach. She is a member of Women in Defense, Women in Technology, Retired Military Officers Association, National Defense Industrial Association, Army Women’s Foundation, Renaissance Executive Forum, and several women's and executive groups. Ms. Jaffe holds a BA in English from the University of Florida (Gainesville) and a BS in Citrus Management from Florida Southern College (Lakeland).

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ctCindy Tonnesen | 2012 Woman of Distinction Honoree
Cindy Tonnesen is founder and CEO of SwimKids Swim Schools. Her World Class values are infused in every part of the business from the branding and state-of-the-art design of SwimKids’ aquatics centers to the culture of her amazing staff and the results they have worked together to produce. During the worst recession of our times, she led the company to over 300% growth and created over 100 new jobs in the Northern Virginia area.

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shKathy Korman Frey | 2011 Woman of Distinction Award Winner
Kathy Korman Frey is the founder of the nationally award-winning Hot Mommas® Project: The world’s largest women’s digital case study library designed to serve as role models and mentors from the basement to the boardroom. The library is free, comprised of rich – often jaw-dropping stories, by women of all backgrounds and cultures. The Hot Mommas Project collaborates with educators, institutions, women’s and girl’s groups, parents, and companies to use the venture’s teaching tools which increase confidence up to 200%.

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ljKristina Tanasichuk | 2011 Woman of Distinction Honoree
Kristina Tanasichuk founded Women in Homeland Security in March 2009 and has grown the organization to over 1400 members. She is responsible for all aspects of the programming, development, marketing and membership of the organization. Her “day job” is CEO of the Government Technology & Services Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan association of innovative, agile small and mid-sized company CEOs that create, develop, and implement solutions for the Federal homeland and national security market. Previously, she was Vice President of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council, the premier organization for the major contractors to the Department of Homeland Security.

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ctNadja Giuffrida | 2011 Woman of Distinction Honoree
Nadja Giuffrida is a Mexican-American entrepreneur who has started several of her own companies as well as helped numerous entrepreneurial efforts to thrive. Nadja Giuffrida started her first company at the age of 16 and today owns multiple businesses that attend to several different industries such as consulting, e-training and learning, manufacturing, tobacco products, and cosmetics. Dextro LLC, Nadja’s consulting company, has advised and trained 80% of the FORTUNE 500 companies and 70% of the federal Latin American governments

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