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Lakes Area Professional Women announce Employers and Woman of the Year

The Lakes Area Professional Women’s organization (LAPW) has announced the 2013 Employers of the Year and the 2013 Professional Woman of the Year.

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Holiday Inn of Alexandria was named the Large Employer of the Year (25 or more employees), and Narlie’s of Alexandria was named the Small Employer of the Year (fewer than 25 employees).

LAPW will host a local dinner on Wednesday, October 23 at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria to honor the Employers and Woman of the Year.

Social hour and reception are at 5:15 p.m., with the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Donna Wilberg at (320) 766-9047 or Lynndene Way at (320) 766-7291.

The recognition dinner is an opportunity to invite members and non-members of LAPW, men and women alike, to celebrate the accomplishments of all business women.

The annual awards are given to recognize employers who make opportunities available to women employees.

The selections are made based on how well the company:

• Promotes the advancement of women.

• Promotes educational opportunities.

• Utilizes creative company initiatives that empower women.

• Provides upward mobility and training.

• Recruits, retains and develops women leaders.

• Supports parental leave and child care.

• Demonstrates philanthropic support of the community.

The award program is part of National Business Women’s Week (NBWW), October 21-25.

The Lakes Area Professional Women, formerly Alexandria Area Business and Professional Women, was founded in 1944 Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria.