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ALAN TURNER — Celebrating Mississippi’s dynamic business women



Through the years, I’ve learned one highly encouraging thing about Mississippi—namely, that we are richly blessed with a great group of professional business women who own and manage businesses, direct large and small enterprises, serve the public good, educate, inform, and contribute to the overall quality of life in the Magnolia State.

For 19 years now, the Mississippi Business Journal has sponsored Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Woman, and every year, we’re amazed at the number of really top-notch nominations and honorees who participate in the program.

Every August, there is a special series of events honoring a group of 50 highly deserving women. For those who aren’t familiar with the program, we’d like to give you a view of how it all works, and then encourage you to nominate a great candidate for next year’s 50 Leading Business Women.

The 50 Leading Businesswomen event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson draws businesspeople from the four corners of Mississippi.

The 50 Leading Businesswomen event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson draws businesspeople from the four corners of Mississippi.

This past week, the festivities began on Thursday evening with a reception at the Governor’s Mansion, where the honorees are typically welcomed by the Governor and First Lady. From there, the ladies board limos and make their way to the Old Capitol Inn for a special banquet and Girls’ Night Out dinner, with great food, music, wine, and champagne to tickle the fancy. It’s a great opportunity for the women to dress up, network, and make new and lasting friendships. Many honorees tell us they continue to get together in small groups years after their year as one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women.

The evening is part of a retreat, and the remainder of the event takes place at Hinds’ Eagle Ridge Conference Center, with many of the woman choosing to spend the night there after the dinner. The next morning, they have breakfast and attend seminars, get their photos made for the special magazine we publish commemorating the honorees, and finally winding up with a luncheon at which they receive their award.

All told, it’s a fun and exciting process for a group of truly wonderful women who not only manage their careers, but also take care of the needs of their families, and provide great support for their communities.

We’re always gratified by the positive feedback and excitement we get from the women who are part of the program, and we’ve also made many great and lasting friendships through the years as a result of the event.

Now, there’s one final part of the 50 Leading Business Women program. The following February, we host a luncheon to which not only the women, but their friends, families, and co-workers are invited to celebrate with them. All of the women are then formally recognized, and the capper of the day is the announcement of the Top 10 Women, plus the Business Woman of the Year.

Think it sounds like fun? That’s because it is! And there’s an opportunity for you to participate as well, even if you’re not a woman, or even if you’ve been one of the classes of 50 Leading Business Women in the past. Simply put, please nominate a deserving woman. You’ll find the information on how it all works on our website, MSBusiness.com.

We take it as an important part of our mission, that we recognize and honor those women who contribute so much to our state and its communities. So please get involved, and help us continue to celebrate Mississippi’s dynamic business women!

We also need to recognize our valuable sponsors who provide the support we need to help us produce this great event. Here’s a shout-out to Region’s Bank and the Mississippi Economic Council for their help in making this a winning time for all!

By the way, we’ve put a little video up on our YouTube channel, mbjournal, with a brief view of the Banquet and the fun. Take a look at that, and then nominate someone special.

» Contact Mississippi Business Journal publisher Alan Turner at alan.turner@msbusiness.com or (601) 364-1021.


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