Diversity Journal Names 160 Executive Trailblazers Women Worth Watching(r) for 2015

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Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Profiles in Diversity Journal® announced today the winners of its 13th annual Women Worth Watching® Award. Winners will be featured in the publication's September/October 2014 issue, according to James R. Rector, founder, CEO & publisher.

"This is our 13th year of producing our annual Women Worth Watching issue," said Rector. "Each year, we have been humbled by the achievements of the women we profile and inspired by the message they send to the next generation of achievers."

"When we launched our inaugural Women Worth Watching® issue, we knew we were doing something unique," said Kathie Sandlin, the magazine's Editor in Chief. "We may not have been the first to celebrate the accomplishments of women in business, but we knew by telling their stories, we could help propel the wave of high achievers that would certainly follow."

Nominated by their employers for their passion, their potential, and their positive influence both inside and outside the workplace, the winners represent corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits from across North America and Europe. Their first-person accounts of lessons learned during their careers--featured in the magazine's print and online editions--are insightful and thought provoking. 

The women highlighted in this issue are as diverse as the industries and locations they work in, and the impacts they have had on their workplaces and their world. This year's winners include:

Ghislaine Duymelings, CEO of Manutan Benelux, who helped turn around the multichannel distributor's Netherlands-based operations and transformed the workplace culture into one that stresses personal growth, honesty, creativity, and trust. 

Brigadier General Tammy S. Smith of the United States Army Reserve, the military's first openly LGBT Flag Officer. Her visibility since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and her willingness to initiate meaningful dialogue with Pentagon leaders, has helped move the Army toward a more inclusive culture. 

The Honorable Karen Wells Roby, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. In 2011, she became the first African American woman to lead the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. She also dedicates considerable time and effort to mentoring aspiring minority law students.

"We have been extremely encouraged by the number of organizations in every sector that support the career advancement of the women in their workplaces," Rector added. "We have also been proud to provide an award with such meaningful impact on the movement for gender equity in workforce leadership."

Since the Award's inception in 2002, Women Worth Watching has featured nine women who have since assumed the role of CEO in Fortune 1000 organizations. 

Profiles in Diversity Journal® is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the corporate, government, nonprofit, higher education, and military sectors. For more than 16 years, the publication has helped to stimulate organizational change by showcasing the visionary leadership, innovative programs, and committed individuals that are making it happen. For more information, visit www.diversityjournal.com.



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