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Nominations sought for Employer of the Year

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 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 LAPW Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, October 23 at Holiday Inn, Alexandria. Social hour will begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

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

To nominate an employer, contact Tara Bitzan, Employer of the Year chair, for a nomination form at (320) 763-1211 or The nomination deadline is Wednesday, September 25.