WOW Award Recipients

Founders Award/Lifetime Achievement

The Founder’s/Lifetime Achievement award is given on rare occasion to an exceptional leader who has fostered the advocacy of women and exemplified the mission of WithIt in the home and furnishing industries.

Jena Hall

2003

Jena Hall
Jena Hall Designs, Inc.

Margaret Traub

2013

Margaret Traub
Adesso, Inc.

Kimberley Wray

2017

Kimberley Wray
Kimberley Wray Marketing & Communications

Legacy Award/Lifetime Achievement

The Legacy Award is presented to a woman of achievement who has made significant lifetime contributions to the home and furnishings industries.

Ellen Gefen

2019

Ellen Gefen
Gefen Companies

Karen McNeill

2018

Karen McNeill
American Home Furnishings
Hall of Fame
Caroline H.S. Hipple

2017

Caroline H.S. Hipple
Norwalk Furniture
Connie Post Benton

2016

Connie Post Benton
Connie Post Affordable Design Solutions
Carolyn Kinder

2015

Carolyn Kinder
Carolyn Kinder, Inc.
Susan Gravely

2014

Susan Gravely
Vietri, Inc.
Kathy Ireland

2013

Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland Worldwide
Aminy Audi

2011

Aminy Audi
L. & J.G. Stickley
Julie Phillips

2010

Julie Phillips
The Phillips Collection

Lillian August

2009

Lillian August
Lillian August Designs

Dianne Ray

2008

Dianne Ray
Garden City Furniture

Lee Brown

2007

Lee Brown
Impact Consulting Services

Kathy Bovey

2006

Kathy Bovey
AmericasMart, Atlanta

Lee Oliver

2005

Lee Oliver
Arthur A. Oliver and Sons

Kay Lambeth

2004

Kay Lambeth
Erwin-Lambeth Furniture

Liilian Vernon

2003

Lillian Vernon
Lillian Vernon Corp.

Nancy High

2000

Nancy High
IHFMA

Christiane Michaels Waverly

1999

Christiane Michaels
Waverly

Visionary Award

For a successful woman of achievement whose insight and actions have significantly impacted the home and furnishings industries and/or WithIt.

Violette Forman

2021

Violette Forman
Havertys

Kimberly Ward

2020

Kimberley Ward
Black Interior Designers Network

Sales Excellence Award

For a woman who is extraordinary in sales, demonstrates excellence in education and relationships with her customers, and exceptional commitment to the manufacturers she represents.

Angela Huff

2021

Angela Huff
Independent Sales Representative
Tami Capriotti

2020

Tami Capriotti
Trusted Advisors Marketing, Inc.

Education Award

The Education award is presented to an executive or company which has developed programs to educate associates, retailers or consumers about home and furnishings industries.

Emily Cox

2021

Emily Cox
Badass Builders
Onyx Design Collaborative
Sydney Vigotov

2020

Sydney Vigotov
Crypton®
Sam and Kacie Malouf

2019

Sam and Kacie Malouf
Malouf

John Bray

2018

John Bray
Vanguard Furniture
Laura Holland

2017

Laura Holland
Heritage Home Group

Patricia Bowling

2016

Patricia Bowling
American Home Furnishings Alliance
Deb Barrett

2015

Deb Barrett
Window Dressings
Russell Bienenstock

2014

Russell Bienenstock
Furniture World Magazine
The Bienenstock Furniture Library
Cheminne Taylor-Smith

2013

Cheminne Taylor-Smith
Tobi Fairley & Associates
Lauren West

2011

Lauren West
Natuzzi Americas, Inc.
F. Jay Reardon

2010

F. Jay Reardon
Reardon Advisors
Susan Inglis

2009

Susan Inglis
Sustainable Furnishings Council

Jaclyn Hirschhaut

2008

Jaclyn Hirschhaut
American Home Furnishings Alliance

Dawn Brinson

2007

Dawn Brinson
The Media Matters, Inc.
Wilma Hammett

2006

Wilma Hammett
North Carolina State Univ.
retired educator
Caroline Hipple

2005

Caroline Hipple
Norwalk Furniture
Kim Shaver

2004

Kim Shaver
Hooker Furniture Corp.
Ellen Gefen

2003

Ellen Gefen
Gefen Productions
Aminy Audi

2000

Aminy Audi
L. & J.G. Stickley

Mentoring Award

The Mentoring award is presented to an executive or organization that has fostered advocacy, development or promotion of women in their company.

Jana Platina-Phipps

2021

Jana Platina-Phipps
Home Couture Collective

Gail Doby

2020

Gail Doby
Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting
Christi Barbour and Christi Spangle

2019

Christi Barbour and Christi Spangle
Barbour Spangle Design
Mary Frye

2018

Mary Frye
Home Furnishings Association
Dana Helms

2017

Dana Helms
MicroD
Renee Loper Boyd

2016

Renee Loper Boyd
International Market Centers
Lorri Kelley

2015

Lorri Kelley
Lorri Kelley Advisors
Mary Knackstedt

2014

Mary Knackstedt
Knackstedt Inc.

Ron Wright, Greg Wright, and Don Wright

2013

Wright Global Graphics
Ron Wright, Greg Wright & Don Wright
Peggy Burns

2011

Peggy Burns
Circle Furniture
Kathy Wall

2010

Kathy Wall
The Media Matters, Inc.
Manoj Nigam

2009

Manoj Nigam
MicroD Inc.

Edward Tashjian

2008

Edward Tashjian
Tashjian Marketing
Jeff Cook

2007

Jeffrey J. Cook
A.R.T. Furniture

Kathi Cunningham

2006

Kathi Cunningham
Classic Home
Jeff Young

2005

Jeff Young
Caracole

Lyn Peterson

2004

Lyn Peterson
Motif Designs
Faroog Kathwari

2003

Farooq Kathwari
Ethan Allen, Inc.
Judy George

2000

Judy George
Judy George International

Leadership Award

The Leadership award is presented to a woman over 40 who has demonstrated successful leadership in her company, in WithIt, and in the home and furnishings industry.

Patti Carpenter & Amy Lyn Schwartzbard

2021

Patti Carpenter & Amy Lyn Schwartzbard
The Kaleidoscope Project
Meganne Wecker

2020

Meganne Wecker
Skyline Furniture
Lois Del Negro

2019

Lois Del Negro
Global Views
Karel Czanderna

2018

Karel Czanderna
Flexsteel Industries
Randy Rubin

2017

Randy Rubin
Crypton®

Irene Crowell

2016

Irene Crowell
Ashley Furniture Industries
Libby Langdon

2015

Libby Langdon
Libby Interiors, Inc.
Karrie Forbes

2014

Karrie Forbes
Mattress Firm
Kimberly Brown Knopf

2013

Kimberly Brown Knopf
Innovative Mattress Solutions
Connie Lineberry

2011

Connie Lineberry
Sandow Media Retail Group

Future Leader Award

The Future Leader award is presented to a woman under 40 who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and the potential to become an industry leader.

Kristin Wo

2021

Kristin Wo
C.S. Wo & Sons
Madeline Brown

2020

Madeline Brown
Sherrill Furniture Brands
Lorelei Colbert

2019

Lorelei Colbert
The Dove Agency
Emily Severson

2018

Emily Severson
FurnitureDealer.net
Megan Barrett

2017

Megan Barrett
Vanguard Furniture
Stephanie Lena

2016

Stephanie Lena
Lena Design

Julia Marks

2015

Julia Marks
Picture Source

Leah Kirkland

2014

Leah Kirkland
Outward Inc.
Kiersten Hathcock

2013

Kiersten Hathcock
Mod Mom Furniture

Tammy Nagem

2011

Tammy Nagem
High Point Market Authority
Kaci Prunty

2010

Kaci Prunty
TempurSealy
Vanessa Northrop

2010

Vanessa Northrup
1220 Design
Kristin Hawkins

2010

Kristin Hawkins
Steinreich Communications

Rene Crosby

2010

Rene Crosby
Four Hands
Jessica Koster

2009

Jessica Koster
Cargill, Inc.
Christy DiFoggio

2008

Christy DiFoggio
Genre Brand Communications
Dana Andrew

2007

Dana Andrew
Dana Andrew Communications

Emma Roubstov

2006

Emma Roubstov
Four Hands

Tracey Denton

2005

Tracey Denton
Sealy, Inc.
Jana Platina-Phipps

2004

Jana Platina-Phipps
Home Couture Collective
Christina Delouchry

2003

Christina Delouchry
Storehouse, Inc.

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