The Leading Women Entrepreneurs Program was developed in for the purpose of acknowledging female, business owners who exhibit outstanding performance in four areas: market potential, innovation, community involvement and advocacy for women. The rationale for this program is based on the following premises:
•        Recognize entrepreneurial excellence, service and  leadership
•        Celebrate diverse, business, role models
•        Encourage more women to strive towards their business dreams
•        Educate through example
•        Raise awareness for the women leaders who are positively impacting the economy
•        Create media opportunities for the female founders of high-potential companies
The women chosen are leaders among the women in business. Intelligent, creative, ambitious and socially conscious, these women are part of the wave of entrepreneurs rising in New Jersey and across the country.

The Selection Process for the Leading Women Entrepreneurs has two phases:
•     An advisory committee selects the initial finalists for phase one of the competition. All finalists selected in phase one will be listed in various media outlets.
•     The list of finalists is then further evaluated by the expert entrepreneurial Advisory Board in order to select the Leading 25. These 25 women will be honored at a Recognition Evening on December 6, 2012 at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

About the Founder
Linda Wellbrock is the President of Leading Women Entrepreneurs, LLC which is an initiative to commend women entrepreneurs for their service, leadership, contribution to their communities and the state’s economic recovery. Women who qualify for this honor will be recognized through various media efforts and events, carrying their message to the women in their state who dream of their own success.

Linda has an extensive marketing background from the financial industry working for leading financial institutions including UBS and Merrill Lynch. After earning her MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies, she entered the publishing industry where she served as Vice President of Business Development and Associate Publisher for a professional women’s publication. In addition to writing feature articles on some of the most influential women in the state, her responsibilities focused on managing sales efforts, launching events and developing and implementing effective marketing campaigns.

Linda has been recognized by The Boy Scouts of America, Tribute to Women, on the New Jersey Monthly Magazine “List” and as one of Steve Adubato’s “New Jersey People.” Linda also served as a judge for the 2012 Fairleigh Dickinson Family Business of the Year Award. She earned her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.