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Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year Scholarship Honorees

04/09/13 -  


The Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year award has been around for almost 30 years, recognizing women for significant, sustained contributions to business and the community. The award itself celebrates the achievements of exceptional women professionals who exhibit leadership as defined by the values of Queens' McColl School of Business - competence, character and commitment to the community. One thing that attendees may not realize is the Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year event also honors five students in the McColl School of Business with a scholarship, and the impact of the annual scholarship on the lives of these McColl School students.

Students are selected using the same criteria that the Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year is, using Hugh McColl's 'Three C's' model of leadership: competence, character and commitment to the community. This year's honorees include:

  • Shanté Williams, executive MBA
  • Tamara Steinberger, professional MBA
  • Nichole Green, MS in organization development
  • Crysanne Baker, Hayworth College business major
  • Helaine (Lainey) Coplin, traditional undergraduate business major

This year, all the scholarship recipients were able to attend the awards ceremony and share their reactions afterwards.

The event itself was an experience! All of the scholarship recipients were thrilled to be in attendance and among such accomplished and celebrated company. "It was an honor being among the most influential women business leaders from Charlotte.  As a young professional it is very inspiring to hear about the achievements of those exceptionally dedicated and experienced Charlotte Business Women and learn about their leadership skills and their commitment to our community.  I believe that female business students at Queens aspire to be this successful one day and having the opportunity to be exposed to such a successful and talented group of women was a great experience, for which I am very grateful," says Tamara Steinberger, a Professional MBA student.

All of the students were incredibly grateful and appreciative of the scholarship awards. Says Shanté Williams, Executive MBA student: "Knowing that this award was a generous gift of pioneering women in the Charlotte Business community is both awe-inspiring and motivational. This fellowship reminds me to continue to reach for my professional goals, love and nurture my community, and give back to those who have given so much to me." Steinberger adds, "I really appreciate the generosity of the Charlotte BusinessWomen, who give to support the educational endeavors of women within the McColl School of Business.  My pursuit of a PMBA at Queens University has been far more than just an education, it has been a very enriching experience that I have been able to directly apply to my current role, while it is preparing me for future career opportunities."

Helaine (Lainey) Coplin, a junior business major, was inspired by the annual honorees, as well as by the University itself: "The Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year recipients are women who have integrated their brilliance and values to make a profound impact on business and the community.  I am confident the McColl School of Business is preparing me to do the same.  It is a privilege to study at an institution that provides so many opportunities for intellectual and personal development and an honor to receive the BWOY Legacy Fellowship."

The McColl School prides itself on offering programs that develop leaders, and the scholarships provided will allow these five students to continue to do just that. The school's tagline "Not just a Degree. An Experience." is echoed by Nichole Green, an MS in Organization Development student: "The MSOD program has truly changed my life. It has opened me up to the world around me, sharpened my self-perception and allowed me to become acutely aware of how dynamic human behavior really is. Receiving this fellowship is not only an honor, but is a true gift for which I am ever grateful."  

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