Jessie McNair
Women’s Venture Fund                                        
T: 212-563-0499
E: jmcnair@wvf-ny.org

Women’s Venture Fund Honors Women Business Leaders at the 2012 Highest Leaf Awards

NEW YORK, NY, June 3, 2012 —  You are invited to the Highest Leaf Awards breakfast sponsored by the Women’s Venture Fund. Each year the WVF honors a select group of women for their successful business careers and commitment to mentoring other women in business. The 2012 honorees are:

•Allison Arden, Vice President and Publisher, Advertising Age
•Kathryn Juric, Vice President of SAT, College Board
•Suzanne Petren-Moritz, Vice President and Managing Director, Lexis Practice Advisor,
•Brenda Raphael, Women’s Health Plus Cluster Lead, Pfizer
•Maureen Regan, Managing Partner, McCann Regan Campbell Ward  

Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, is the program host.

When:    Thursday, June 14, 2012
              7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    
Where:   Harvard Club
              35 West 44th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
Please RSVP by June 6, 2012.

The annual Highest Leaf Award celebrates trailblazing women business executives who have shown outstanding leadership and commitment to their respective industries and other women. The honorees were evaluated on their achievements in undertaking risky projects and the creative use of resources that had an impact and added value to the organization.  

“Women are inventing new styles of leadership and making their mark in the business world. Our honorees have each made significant achievements in their organizations through their creativity and extraordinary vision,” says Maria Otero, WVF’s Founder and President. “As women leaders, they serve as role models and nurturers of talent as well as risk takers and visionaries. These are key attributes that we instill in our clients. We want them to both embrace their creativity and bring a keen strategic mind-set to grow their businesses to the next level.”  

Sponsors of this year’s events are Advertising Age, LexisNexis and McCann Regan Campbell Ward.

If you would like to attend or want biographical information on the awardees, please contact Jessie McNair at: 212 563-0499 or email: jmcnair@wvf-ny.org.

About the Women’s Venture Fund
Founded in 1994, The Women's Venture Fund (WVF) is a nonprofit organization that offers courses, business consultations and micro loans to help women establish thriving businesses in urban communities. By troubleshooting specific challenges and encouraging women to share their experiences with other entrepreneurs, WVF is able to expedite the growth of businesses participating in our programs. To date, Women’s Venture Fund has impacted the lives of more than 13,000 women. To learn more about Women’s Venture Fund, visit: http://www.wvf-ny.org/.