Raleigh, NC, February 01, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Enterprising Women magazine, the nation’s only woman-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners, has announced its 2014 Hall of Fame inductee and award winners. Ping Fu will be inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, while Gayle Jagel will be presented with the Advocacy Award for her dedication to entrepreneurship. Hedy Ratner and S. Carol Dougal will be receiving the Legacy Award for their work towards promoting the growth of women in business. Fu, Jagel, Ratner and Dougal will be recognized at the 2014 annual Enterprising Women Hall of Fame luncheon held March 4 at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota in Sarasota, Fla.
Since its establishment in 2003, Enterprising Women has inducted more than 30 women into its Hall of Fame and granted advocacy awards to nonprofit organizations and other women deserving of recognition. The Enterprising Women Hall of Fame was created in 2003 to celebrate women who have built substantial businesses or have given back in significant ways to the women’s business community.
This year's Hall of Fame inductee, Ping Fu, is vice president and chief strategy officer at 3D Systems, headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In 1997, Fu co-founded Geomagic, a 3D imaging software company, which was acquired by 3D Systems in February 2013. Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping managed the National Center for Supercomputing Application’s Mosaic software that led to the development of Netscape and Internet Explorer. Ping serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the U.S. Department of Commerce and on the board of directors at the Long Now Foundation.
The Enterprising Women Advocacy Award is traditionally given to a nonprofit organization that supports women or girls, especially through various entrepreneurial development efforts. Gayle Jagel, CEO and founder of The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), was chosen as the recipient for the 2014 Advocacy Award. YEA! is a nonprofit, innovative, entrepreneurial educational program for middle and high school students, which teaches them how to become successful businessmen and women. Jagel founded YEA! in 2004 while serving as the director of the University of Rochester’s Office of Special Programs. In November 2008, she successfully expanded the reach of YEA! nationally to 30 states, and continues to expand across America. YEA! is a partner of both ABC TV’s hit show Shark Tank and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and is supported by national companies, universities, women’s business organizations, foundations and community-based organizations around the country. Jagel also serves as an advisory board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Entrepreneurship, serves as a member of Women United, served on the board of directors of Women’s Council, an affiliate organization of the Rochester Business Alliance, and serves on the board of directors of the Small Business Council.
The Legacy Award is given to individuals who have contributed to the women's business community in a significant way and created a legacy that will extend beyond the recipient's lifetime. This year, two winners were selected to receive this prestigious award. Hedy Ratner and S. Carol Dougal are the founders of the Women’s Business Development Center, the largest and oldest women’s business assistance center in the United States. The center, located in Chicago, helps women business owners successfully achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. Ratner and Dougal give back to support the growth of women's entrepreneurship and continue to be activists for women’s empowerment issues, civil and human rights and women’s business development.
"The winners of these two prestigious awards and our newest Hall of Fame inductee are thought leaders and innovators. Each is so worthy of recognition,” said Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine. “These women are pioneers and trailblazers, and we are proud to recognize them for their achievements.”
- For more information or to register to attend the 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration and Conference, visit www.enterprisingwomen.com.
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Enterprising Women, with headquarters in Cary, N.C., is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the online edition of the magazine reaches nearly one million readers in 185 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.enterprisingwomen.com or call (919) 362-1551.