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Employers of the Year nominations sought

Lakes Area Professional Women (LAPW) is currently seeking nominations to honor two local employers who support and promote fairness and leadership opportunities for women in the workplace.

Each year, LAPW, formerly known as Alexandria Area Business and Professional Women, selects two Employers of the Year - businesses that promote fairness in the workplace and offer leadership opportunities to female employees.

Employers are honored in two categories: large employer (those with more than 25 employees) and small employer (those with 25 or fewer employees). Employers of the Year can be for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, or government entities.

These deserving employers support and promote fairness in the workplace; demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of female employees; provide upward mobility and training; recruit, retain and develop leadership; develop guidelines for parental leave and child care; and demonstrate philanthropic support of the Alexandria area community.

Employers of the Year will be recognized by LAPW and receive a plaque at the annual Lakes Area Professional Women's Recognition Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. social and 6 p.m. dinner to be held at Holiday Inn on Wednesday, October 20.

The mission of Lakes Area Professional Women is to connect women personally, professionally and philanthropically.

If you would like to bring recognition to your employer and show appreciation for their efforts as advocates for working women, contact Claudia Weiers, Employer of the Year chair, for a nomination form at (320) 762-3658 or

The nomination deadline is September 20, 2010.