Shop! Environments Association presents third annual award during Night of Honors celebration
On Nov. 6, Shop! Environments Association heralded the professional achievements of women in the association whom are dedicated to helping other women grow and succeed in the retail industry. During its annual Night of Honors celebration, Shop! recognized four finalists and named Rachel Zsembery, VP and principal at Bergmeyer, as this year’s Woman of Distinction.
“In its third year, the Women of Distinction Awards are an important way for the association to honor the contributions of women in our industry,” says Todd Dittman, Shop! executive director. “Through the years, Rachel has been providing a strong voice for women at the company level, at the membership level as a Shop! board member, and for the industry through her widespread involvement. Rachel has truly earned this honor.”
The finalists and honoree were selected from nominations submitted by industry colleagues. The judging panel comprised members of the Women’s League governing committee and industry members, including Andrea Martin (Point of $avings), Teri Mascotti (Mascotti Strategies), Carrie Harvey Schnabel (Stylmark), Christiana Howard-Ritchie (Artisan Complete), and Ellen Johnson (NOA).
Zsembery’s colleagues see her as a mentor, coach, and empathetic leader who demonstrates the highest level of integrity daily. Her leadership helped her firm successfully transition to its next generation of ownership and establish a West Coast design practice.
In a profession that still has myriad challenges from a cultural and gender diversity perspective, Zsembery stands out as an emerging voice. She has re-evaluated and revamped Bergmeyer’s HR, interviewing, and hiring processes. Zsembery imparts her knowledge, passion, and leadership with numerous groups, including Shop!, USGBC Massachusetts, RDI, PAVE, VMSD magazine, Town of Arlington (MA) Redevelopment Board, Boston Society of Architects, American Institute of Architects, AIAdcEAC Leadership Development Program, Boston Architectural College, United Way, and Granite State Quest.