2020 Woman of the Year and 2021 Top Ten Nominee
Updated: Sep 17
Novi Oaks Charter Chapter members choose their 2020 Woman of the Year and nominee for the American Business Women's Association National 2021 Top Ten
At every January meeting, Novi Oaks Charter Chapter members nominate outstanding chapter members for the Woman of the Year and Top Ten honors. Elections are held in February. The Woman of the Year is a local award based on the contributions a member has made to the chapter in the previous calendar year. Later, Protégé Awards will be awarded for new members based on member participation since joining, and presented by the Executive Board at our August 12th meeting (see separate article).
The Top Ten is an ABWA National award, with chapters across the United States nominating a member based on her career, education, involvement in ABWA, and contributions to her community. The final Top Ten are chosen by a panel of three businesswomen outside of ABWA. The 2020 panel is from Westminster, Colorado, the site of the ABWA 2020 National Women's Leadership Conference (NWLC), which will take place on October 14-17, 2020.
At the NWLC, a three-person panel of ABWA members will interview the Top Ten and choose one woman to be recognized as The American Business Woman - ABWA's highest honor. The 2021 Top Tens have been announced (as of September 15), and can be seen at https://www.abwa.org/about-us/.
Pat Plamondon and Karen Rea will be honored along with other Michigan chapters' Women of the Year, Top Ten nominees, and Protégé Award recipients at an Eastern Michigan Council of ABWA Zoom event on September 19, 2020.
Our 2020 Woman of the Year, Pat Plamondon, was nominated by Chris Struwe for her work on the Autumn Brunch With Auction, the July 2019 Night of the Stars, and on the 30-Year celebration in January 2020. She also works on the Hospitality Committee by bringing our desserts. She is an enthusiastic supporter and also attends Eastern Michigan Council events.
Pat had been a member of the Ray of Light Chapter in Redford with Chris for many years, and hosted multiple tables at our auction for about twelve years before joining Novi Oaks on March 1, 2015.
Karen Rea was nominated for the Top Ten by Marcia Green. Karen joined the Novi Oaks Charter Chapter on March 7, 2017, and is currently serving as the Vice President of Novi Oaks. She has hosted a table of ten and has donated handmade items for the auction.
Karen has owned her own business, Karen Rea Designs, for over 26 years and is active in her community and in professional design associations. She believes strongly in donating her talents annually to help disadvantaged people and families that have suffered losses.
We congratulate Pat and Karen and look forward to their continued success in ABWA.