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Enterprising Women Foundation Hosts National Mentorship Day Luncheon Jan. 24

Event Highlights the Importance of Mentorship Through Recognition of Top Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

Cary, NC, January 24, 2013 --( Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine (, has announced that the Enterprising Women Foundation will host a luncheon in celebration of National Mentorship Day on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Matthews House, located at 317 W. Chatham St. in Cary, N.C. Top women entrepreneurs and 20 members of the Girl Scouts of the USA, chosen for their outstanding leadership skills, will come together to discuss and celebrate the importance of developing mentoring relationships to enhance entrepreneurial skills and inspire future generations of leaders.

In support of National Mentorship Day, the Enterprising Women Foundation partnered with Girl Scouts of the USA to help inspire young women to become entrepreneurs. During the luncheon, Darleen Johns, a pioneer among women in the high-tech sector, will receive the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, one of the highest honors the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen. Johns is the retired owner of Alphanumeric Systems and current owner of the Shops at Baileywick, a one-of-a-kind decorative and gift shop that houses more than 70 boutiques owned by designers, artists and collectors. The award will be presented by Janet Cowell, the first woman elected as North Carolina State Treasurer.

Tickets are $75 per person, or for $100, the ticket includes a $25 sponsorship for a Girl Scout in attendance. A portion of event proceeds will benefit Girl Scouts of the USA to support local projects related to entrepreneurial and financial literacy.

“The Enterprising Women Foundation was launched with the mission of promoting philanthropy and targeting programs that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States and around the globe,” said Smiley. “The Girl Scouts of the USA is an outstanding organization that provides mentorship in various focused areas to help inspire young females and motivate them to become the future entrepreneurial and business leaders of the world, and we are proud to lend them our support and encouragement.”

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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. 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 or call (919) 362-1551.

Emily Packard
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600
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