Nancy Jackson, Vonda Howell, Christiana Howard-Ritchie named first honorees
Shop! has launched a new awards program to recognize the professional achievements by women in the association who also are dedicated to helping other women grow and succeed in the retail environments and experiences industry. The Women of Distinction Award will be presented annually to up to five qualifying women each year during the Night of Honors celebration, which was held last night during the Shop! Annual Meeting, Shop!X.
In its inaugural year, three women were selected from among the nominations submitted by industry colleagues. The judging was conducted by: Cindi Kato from CallisonRTKL, Libby Hurley from Chandler, Teresa Carpenter from Specialty Lighting, and from Shop!, Karen Schaffner and Elizabeth George.
Each of the women has a different professional background and has contributed in different ways; all received glowing accolades from colleagues both within and outside their companies. The 2017 Shop! Women of Distinction are:
• Nancy Jackson, president of Architectural Systems
• Vonda Howell, VP of operations, Trion Industries
• Christiana Howard-Ritchie, account director, Artisan Complete
The Shop! Women’s League governing committee provided guidance for the new award. The Women’s League was founded in 2014 with the mission of helping women grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, and networking opportunities. In support of this mission, the Women of Distinction Award recognizes women who have worked in the industry for at least five years and have truly excelled, not only professionally, but also as leaders and role models to other women within the industry.
“The Shop! Women’s League committee did an excellent job of pulling together this new award program,” says Steven A. Weiss, CAE, Shop! CEO. “When you see the successful women involved in our association and the industry, it’s easy to assume women are on equal footing. However this isn’t always the case. Each of the three recipients came to their success in very different ways, working diligently not only to achieve personal success but also to help other women follow in their footsteps. Shop! is proud to launch this program, and we offer congratulations to our 2017 recipients on a well-deserved award.”