Frances Hesselbein Inducted Into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame

Raleigh, NC, March 14, 2009 --( Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine (, has announced that Frances Hesselbein, chairman of the board of governors of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management) and former CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame during the 2009 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, held March 11-13 at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Members of the Hall of Fame have demonstrated a lifetime of remarkable achievements, including building a business that has achieved a high measure of success or establishing a significant nonprofit organization and giving back to the women’s business community over many years.

Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United State’s highest civilian honor, in 1998 in recognition for her leadership of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., her role as the founding president of the Drucker Foundation, and her service as a pioneer for women, diversity and inclusion. In 2002, Hesselbein was the first recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series Award for her service with the U.S. Army. Most recently, Hesselbein was presented with the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles and the Tempo International Leadership Award in New York City. She serves on many nonprofit and private sector corporate boards, including the Bright China Social Fund; the American Express Philanthropy; the board of the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, New York; and the boards of the Center for Social Initiative at the Harvard Business School and the Hauser Centre for Nonprofit Management at the Kennedy School.

“Enterprising Women is honored to induct Frances Hesselbein into our Hall of Fame,” said Smiley. “Her passion for giving back to the community, leadership of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and pioneering work for diversity and inclusion are an inspiration to women worldwide.”

About Enterprising Women:
Enterprising Women, headquartered in Cary, NC, 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. For more information, visit or call (919) 674-6640.

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