Entrepreneur Denise O’Leary has picked up two awards at an international competition celebrating women in business.
Denise flew to New York to collect her trophies at The Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The author and founder of Purpol Marketing won a silver Stevie in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services –10 or Less Employees category and a bronze in the Most Innovative Woman of the Year - Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations category.
Called the Stevies after the Greek word for 'crowned' the awards were presented at a gala dinner attended by more than 550 people at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel.
More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 150 business professionals around the world, working on eight juries.
“To be recognised as a winner by the most prestigious awards for women in business in the world is both amazing and humbling. Being a home based business amongst the largest global corporations, with attendees from all corners of the earth, all cheering each other’s achievements was incredible," said Denise.
“These hugely valued accolades acknowledge the effort and dedication it takes to be a female entrepreneur, and to be in such esteemed company of the best in the world makes me feel incredibly proud.”
Maggie Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards, said: “In its 16th year, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business received an outstanding body of nominations from women in organisations of all types, in 25 nations.
"We are gratified by how meaningful it is to women to win a Stevie Award, and how impactful it can be on the futures of their careers and their organisations. We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”