President’s Message: And the Wallerstein Grant Recipient is…

BEFORE I let the ‘cat out of the bag’ and give you the name of the Wallerstein Grant recipient for 2016 first let me give you the ‘why’.

So why is one woman business owner chosen over all the rest to receive the Wallerstein Grant?

Before an application is even considered by the Wallerstein Committee there are criteria that must be met. The committee uses a matrix that checks that all these items are clearly communicated in the application.  

  • a woman-owned business or women’s organization
  • business in existence no more than five years
  • completed grant application
  • support for women through activities and involvement in organizations that benefit women
  • include a business plan with your application

Surprisingly, this is where we can eliminate several applicants. Keep in mind that if you apply for a grant you must be sure you comply with the basic instructions and meet the criteria set by the organization giving the grant.

Next, we moved our attention to how the applicants “support women” in our region and reflect our mission which is to connect, empower and recognize diverse women who share their knowledge and abilities with others; and to support the professional and personal development of women as leaders throughout the northwest PA region.

At this stage of our meeting we had a really tough decision between several highly qualified applicants. (NOTE for future reference: It came down to their business plans to give us the final pieces of information to make a decision; hint hint.) It was a tough one. But the committee decided unanimously.

And the Wallerstein Grant Recipient is…

Sue Zimmerman of Studio Z — Congratulations! Get to know Sue more in our July G.E.M.S. eNewsletter — you won’t want to miss it!

Only one business woman walks away with the Gerry B. Wallerstein Grant for 2016. Join us June 15th as we honor Sue and hand over the well-deserved seed money for her vision to develop Creative Skills Workshops for girls in the area of fiber arts that will empower them to learn, create, and explore confidently.  These lessons transfer to everyday life and leadership in the form of perseverance, teamwork and responsibility.  We are proud to support Sue and Studio Z as they build leaders one creation at a time.

I hope to see you on June 15th, and look forward to celebrating a year full of THRIVING accomplishments!

Maryanne Thornton
President, The Women’s Roundtable

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