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eWomen Network searching for emerging leaders for scholarship
by Janine Kearney
Feb 04, 2008 | 758 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Do you know a 20-something whose intelligence, knack for business and compassion set her apart from the young professionals crowd? Seasoned business owners can play a part in forming these young women into stronger leaders.

The eWomenNetwork is sponsoring a scholarship contest and leadership training for women business owners ages 22-29 who have shown strength in academics, business and community service.

Kymberlee Simantel, the managing director of the local chapter of eWomenNetwork, is encouraging young women to apply for the Emerging Leader Award and training scholarship.

"We're thrilled to offer such an exciting and unique opportunity to the emerging female leaders of our community," Simantel said.

The Reno-Carson City-Tahoe chapter will accept nomination forms until March 1 at Each chapter within the international eWomenNetwork will select a finalist for the Femtor Awards competition.

Finalists win a $5,000 gift package which includes a round-trip flight, hotel room, meals and registration to the international eWomen Network conference.

During the conference, they will participate in four days of workshops on developing skills, building relationships and networking with established female business owners, or "femtors." eWomenNetwork defines this word as "a wise and trusted woman providing knowledge, inspiration and practical information to other women."

The finalist selected as the Emerging Leader of the Year will win $16,000 worth of training and prizes.

"The great thing about the Emerging Leader Award is that it gives an opportunity to a young woman in her 20s that none of us had," said Taya Levine, eWomenNetwork Foundation's chief "make-it-happen" officer.

There are more than 120 active eWomenNetwork chapters across the country and in Canada with more than 500,000 members. The Network is considered the largest and fastest growing business network in North America, Levine said. Mentoring is a big part of the network's outreach.

"The fundamental benefit is, as a woman, you get the opportunity to surround yourself with wildly successful women business owners, and you can learn from them and lend your support to them," Levine said. "It gives visibility to your business."

To nominate an Emerging Leader in your community or learn more about other International Femtor Awards visit

"We hope our chapter will sponsor this year's Emerging Leader winner," Simantel said.

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