Enterprising Women Publisher and CEO Monica Smiley Receives National Honor from Women Presidents’ Organization

Raleigh, NC, June 14, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Enterprising Women magazine (www.enterprisingwomen.com) has announced that Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO, received the Adrienne Hall Award for Breaking Down Barriers at the 12th annual Women Presidents’ Organization Conference, held April 23-25 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego. Smiley, who is the first recipient of the award, was recognized for her efforts in helping WPO reach across economic, business, social, cultural and international barriers and making connections that are meaningful to WPO.

The award is named after Adrienne Hall, a former WPO board chair and the first woman to start an advertising company in the United States. A strong advocate of women’s rights, Hall contributed to the success and growth of WPO by making connections that allowed the organization to provide superior programming and continue expansion.

“We are so pleased to honor Monica Smiley for her outstanding work within the women’s business community and especially on behalf of the Women Presidents’ Organization with the 2009 Adrienne Hall Award,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., president and founder of WPO. “Through Enterprising Women magazine, Monica has broken barriers and made meaningful connections for multitudes of entrepreneurial women. She is truly a role model for collaboration to all of us.”

“I am honored to receive this award from WPO," Smiley said. “I have always been proud of our magazine’s role of building bridges within the women’s business community and it was a lovely surprise for the magazine to receive recognition for it.”

About Enterprising Women Magazine:
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. For more information, please visit www.enterprisingwomen.com or call (919) 362-1551.

About Monica Smiley:
Monica Smiley is editor and publisher of Enterprising Women, a national magazine that is considered the voice of entrepreneurial women. She also serves as chief executive officer of Enterprising Women Inc., the magazine’s parent publishing company. Originally started in the early 1990s, Smiley and her team bought the trademark rights to the Enterprising Women name in 1999 and launched the publication under new ownership in May 2000. The co-owner and president of a marketing communications and publication consulting firm since 1984, Smiley has more than 25 years of magazine publishing experience, managing consumer and trade titles in industries as diverse as personal investing, photography, and health and beauty. The mother of two sons, Austin and Alex, she is also a stepmother to three grown children and has three grandchildren.

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