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September 3, 2014

This year's Super Women in Business Awards hosted by the Memphis Business Journal  looked a little bit different from years past. Each of the 25 finalists were honored with a plaque and a pink cape as they were recognized as some of the Mid-South's most influential women in business. As a sponsor of the awards since its inception in 2012, we are proud to spotlight women playing a role in the success of their businesses and helping make the Memphis community a success through their involvement.

Ann Langston

The awards luncheon was held at Hilton Memphis on Friday, August 29th. With 450 people in attendance, the crowd was energized as each Super Woman took the stage to share with the audience three words that described their idea of a "Super Woman," their award dedication, or their commitment to the city of Memphis. Though each woman's words were thoughtfully crafted, many chose to say more than three words, and in doing so, made a donation of $10 for each word over three to the Dress for Success Memphis program. Perhaps the most memorable selection came from Ann Langston of Church Health Center (pictured right) who clarified that "Super Women bring their own capes," as she donned one of her own.

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Prior to the awards luncheon, we hosted a Super Women in Business Pre-Event to celebrate past and present Super Women in Business. The 60 attendees included 2012, 2013, and 2014 classes of honorees. All were invited to mingle and network over drinks and hors d'oeurvres.  Linda Lauer, Executive Board member of National CBIZ Women's Advantage, offered a toast and spoke on the importance of having an internal support system of women professionals, as well as an external network of highly skilled, seasoned, professional women. This year the event was held at Mednikow Jewelers, a multi-generational Memphis storefront. With so many jewels available, the ladies couldn't help but try-on some of the selection. Food and bar service was provided by Parties In A Pinch catering, and a giftcard giveaway was given courtesy of Etcetera clothing.

For a full list of this year's Super Women in Business click here.

If you'd like more information on CBIZ Women's Advantage, please contact Linda Lauer at llauer@cbiz.com.

 



July 15, 2014

The 2014 Super Women in Business have been selected by the Memphis Business Journal. These 25 women make up the third class of finalists since the awards' inception. They are honored for their professional influence in various industries, success through leadership in business, and community contribution.

Celebrate with us as we honor these women at the Super Women in Business Awards luncheon held Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Hilton of Memphis. Individual tickets and group packages are available. Register for the event here.

The 25 awardees are:

Sally Aldrich Methodist Alliance Services

Sandra Bailey Methodist Extended Care Hospital

Cindy Brewer Leo Events

Ruby Bright Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis

Cheryl Citrone Vaco Memphis

Lisa Daniel Public Financial Management

Kelly Dobbins Mid-South Drug Testing Inc.

Dana Dye Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis

Allison Gilbert Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC

Kat Gordon Muddy's Bake Shop

Sue Ellen Haaga St. Francis Hospital - Tenet Health Care

Glenda Hastings Napa Cafe

Willeen W. Hastings Memphis Health Center, Inc.

E. Florence Hervery Case Management, Inc.

Ann Langston Church Health Center

Maria Teresa Lensing AT&T

Sarah Maurice Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics

Jennifer McCullough Chef Jenn

Judy McLellan Crye-Leike

Sally Pace FTN Financial

Nisha Powers Powers Hill Design

Teresa Sloyan Hyde Family Foundations

Roblin Webb Freedom Preparatory Charter Schools

Becky West WestRogers Strategic Communications

Keri Wright Universal Asset Management

Finalists were announced in the July 11th edition of the Memphis Business Journal. Subscribers can view the online edition here.



June 17, 2014
CBIZ Women's Advantage (CWA) in Memphis has launched a book club open to both men and women, led by two CWA Executive Board members, Linda Lauer and Megan Murdock.

The introduction of a professional book club in the Memphis office comes with immense support from Senior Managing Director, Eustis Corrigan. The first book to be discussed in the program is Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

Linda Lauer notes the overall takeaway from the first meeting: "We came to the conclusion that no matter what we focused on (in the book) - work/life balance, confidence, leadership, prioritizing responsibilities - it never pertained to one gender."

CWA believes that reading good books can challenge us, inspire us, and make us hungry for more. Research tells us that the best way to remember new ideas and put them into action is to share our thoughts and ideas with someone else. In fact, participating in a book discussion increases retention by 70 percent.

For more information about CWA or our internal book club, please contact Megan Murdock at mmurdock@cbiz.com or 901.685.5575.




April 30, 2014

Super Women in Business nominations are now open for Memphis Business Journal's third annual event.

These awards honor the most influential women in business from various industries who have achieved success through leadership in business and community contribution. Success will also be judged by a nominee's level of community reinvestment in terms of involvement in nonprofit and community organizations.

A total of 25 women will be selected as finalists for the 2014 Super Women in Business Awards. These finalists will be honored at a luncheon held Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Hilton of Memphis. Individual tickets and group packages are available. To nominate a Super Woman click here. Click here to view a recap from last year's event. See a list of the 2013 Super Women in business here.




April 23, 2014

Last week, we published a short recap of Bizwomen Mentoring Monday held at Memphis Botanic Gardens on April 7, 2014. As promised, we put together a short video of the event, including footage of Megan Murdock, Practice Development Manager, speaking on behalf of CBIZ.




April 16, 2014

CBIZ MHM had the honor of participating as a National Sponsor in Bizwomen Mentoring Monday held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens on April 7, 2014.

This year was the first time the Memphis Business Journal hosted the event, and the response was tremendous. Tickets sold out, and 250 women (and men - see photo by Alan Howell, MBJ, at left) gathered for one-on-one mentoring sessions with some of the Mid-South's most influential women in business. The event coincided with Mentoring Mondays hosted across the United States in all the American City Business Journal (ACBJ) markets.

Linda Lauer, Managing Director in the Memphis office of CBIZ MHM and Executive Board member of CBIZ Women's Advantage, was one of 40 mentors who coached mentees in five-minute one-on-one conversations. Attendees ranged in age from high school students to experienced professionals, all seeking business or career advice. Mentoring Monday also featured Lori Greiner of hit TV-series Shark Tank, who spoke on entrepreneurship and the importance of having confidence in the business world.

Though the speed-networking sessions demonstrated quite literally the term "organized-chaos," the event's success was evident in the exchanges between the mentees and the mentors.

Look out for a follow-up post including video footage from the event. You can see more pictures and tweets from Mentoring Monday by searching for #bizwomen and #bizwomenmentoring on Twitter. Further information regarding women in business can be found on the ACBJ's new website: www.bizwomen.com.  




March 11, 2014

CBIZ MHM Memphis, along with Howell Marketing Strategies and First State Bank, hosted its second annual Women & Business Cocktail Party at Lexus of Memphis February 26, 2014.

This year, 80 women (and men) in business attended the event to mix and mingle over wine and delicious hors d’oeurvres catered by Parties in a Pinch. The event was held from 5-7 p.m., and the setting allowed for in-depth conversation and networking. While attendees were free to come and go as they pleased, most came and stayed past the 7 o'clock hour making new connections and discussing best practices.

The cocktail party preceded the Women & Business Seminar hosted by The Daily News at the Brooks Museum on February 27, 2014. The afternoon event featured keynote, Amy Howell, co-author of Women in High Gear. A Q&A session with panelists Robbin Hutton of Jackson Lewis, Leslie Johnson of Hutchison Leads, and our own Linda Lauer, Managing Director at CBIZ MHM Memphis and Executive Board member of CBIZ Women's Advantage followed Howell's presentation.

The two-hour seminar was a sold-out event. Eric Barnes, Publisher of The Daily News, noted in his opening comments that it was one of the largest events they had ever hosted.

Questions covered in the Q&A section were asked by both men and women and ranged from finding a work/life balance to handling a multi-generational workforce. Additionally, conversations centered around encouraging young women to work together and pursue careers in more traditionally male-dominated fields, such as accounting and law. The exchange was engaging, and Linda Lauer noted this forum for expression "can only further the cause for equal opportunity in the workplace."  You can read a full recap of the event here.

In its second year running, the two-day Women & Business event has shown tremendous growth in the Memphis community.  If you would like more information about CBIZ Women's Advantage, contact Linda Lauer at 901.685.5575 or llauer@cbiz.com.    




February 20, 2014

The CBIZ Women's Advantage (CWA) has elected Megan Murdock, Practice Development Manager, to the CWA Executive Board. Megan has been the chair of a CWA Business Development Subcommittee for the past year and has been instrumental in planning and promoting our local women's programming.

Her appointment to the National Executive Board is an impression of her leadership and success within our own Memphis office. Megan was named a Memphis 'Woman to Watch' by the Commerical Appeal in 2013. She has been with the Memphis office of CBIZ MHM, formerly Thompson Dunavant PLC, for a total of six years.

 "It is a great honor to have Megan serving on this national board, and we are fortunate to have her as an integral part of our team," said Linda Lauer, CWA Executive Board member and Memphis Leader.

CBIZ Women’s Advantage celebrates the uniqueness of the woman business professional. Interally, we direct the development of our women professionals through focused leadership, mentoring and networking. Externally, we provide women decision makers access to a network of highly skilled, seasoned, professional women to assist their every business need. We are “CBIZ Women Helping Women Succeed in Business.”




February 6, 2014

This week, the CBIZ Women's Advantage second Networking Circles group from the Memphis office graduated from their program. This year-long peer networking and professional development program involves a series of small group meetings and program action items. Seven women participated in the group and all came together for a small graduation luncheon at Interim Restaurant & Bar in East Memphis.

One of the goals of the program is to integrate it with CBIZ's ethical and established business principles, in turn, creating a measurable impact on CBIZ's business development and revenue generation. The first graduating class of Networking Circles participants helped as mentors throughout the second group's program.

Linda Lauer, Executive Board Member of CBIZ Women's Advantage, served as the second group's leader, facilitating the eight sessions throughout the year. Linda is also a Managing Director in the Memphis office of CBIZ MHM, leading the Employee Benefit Plan Audit segment. She'll be a featured panelist at The Daily News' Women & Business Seminar, February 27, 2014 at the Brooks Museum.

CBIZ Women's Advantage celebrates the uniqueness of the woman business professional. Interally, we direct the development of our women professionals through focused leadership, mentoring and networking. Externally, we provide women decision makers access to a network of highly skilled, seasoned, professional women to assist their every business need. We are "CBIZ Women Helping Women Succeed in Business."




September 3, 2013

The 2013 class of Super Women in Business were honored at an awards luncheon Thursday, August 29th at Hilton Memphis. The event, hosted by Memphis Business Journal, was the second of its kind honoring 25 of the Mid-South's most influential women decision-makers. Gayle Rose of EVP Corp. in Memphis gave the keynote address to nearly 500 attendees. 

Megan Murdock, on the behalf of CBIZ MHM Memphis, followed Rose with insight into our CBIZ Women's Advantage and appreciation for our sponsorship. The 25 Super Women were individually recognized and each gave a short acceptance speech. CBIZ MHM Memphis has been a sponsor of these awards since its start in 2012.

Our pre-party event honoring past and present honorees is another way for honorees to network and mingle with each other before the official awards ceremony. This year the CBIZ display table at Hilton featured pictures from the pre-event at Mednikow Jewelers.




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