Dr. Terry Neese, founder and CEO of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW), received the first AWC Matrix Foundation Advancement of Women Award in recognition of her efforts promoting the advancement of women through education, entrepreneurship and empowerment. The award was presented to her in honor of the late Christy Bulkeley at the AWC National Conference, October 13-15, 2011 in Tulsa.
Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Dr. Neese’s organization champions two programs that offer domestic and international training to women business owners:
- Peace Through Business – educates and empowers women entrepreneurs in developing countries to achieve their dream of financial independence and community involvement. Since its creation in 2007, the program has trained more than 150 women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.
- Empowering Women – a program created to encourage women business owners to effect change through involvement in public policy.
Founder of Terry Neese Personnel Services, which has been in business for more than 35 years, Dr. Neese is a past national president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She is also a member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council; co-founder of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP); and former Distinguished Fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). Dr. Neese has also been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the “Power 30” – the most influential small businesspersons in Washington, D.C., and named an Outstanding Business Leader by the Northwood University Board of Trustees in 2006.
A recognized national expert on economic issues that affect women and families, her articles have been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Entrepreneurial Women Magazine, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Journal Record, the Oklahoman, the Washington Examiner and the Washington Times. She is a recurring guest on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, SBTV, as well as on local TV and radio stations.
As noted earlier, the AWC Matrix Foundation Board of Directors presented the award in honor of AWC Past President (1974-75) and National Headliner (1978) the late Christy Bulkeley. Bulkeley, who died in 2009 of ovarian cancer at age 67. She was a renowned journalist who broke barriers as one of a very few female newspaper publishers in the U.S, in the 1970s. Bulkeley was Vice President of the Gannett Foundation in Washington from 1985-92, and was the first woman to become a chief executive officer of a Gannett-owned newspaper, the Danville (Il) Commercial-News (1976 ) at the same time she served as vice president of Gannet’s central U.S. papers.
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