Hudson Valley Magazine Announces 7th Annual Women in Business Award Winners

Poughkeepsie, NY | November 28, 2018 Hudson Valley Magazine has announced the winners of its 7th annual Women in Business Awards. This year’s honorees are profiled in the magazine’s December issue, currently available on newsstands.

The magazine will host its annual Women in Business Awards Luncheon honoring the 2018 Women in Business Award winners on December 6, 2018 at Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls, NY. Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary producer Trish Adlesic will be the Keynote Speaker.

Tickets ($65) to attend the awards celebration, honor the winners and connect with Hudson Valley’s most successful business executives are available at

Hudson Valley Magazine’s Women in Business Awards pay tribute to the region’s top business women of 2018. The magazine’s editors vet all nominees and choose an elite group of Hudson Valley women who have demonstrated a consistent level of success in their respective fields and have made a lasting impact both on the economy and in their communities. The magazine will recognize winners in four categories: entrepreneurs, executives, non-profit leaders, and government leaders.

Hudson Valley Magazine’s Women in Business Luncheon

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Cocktail reception: 11:30am

Luncheon: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls, NY

2018 Women in Business Honorees:

Kathleen Bennett Marold – Owner, Floor 13 Textiles

Filomena E. Fanelli – CEO/Founder, Impact PR & Communications

Debra Forbes – Vice President/Charge Scenic Artist, Scenic Art Studios

Carol Gordon – President & CEO, Carol Gordon Consulting

Melody Gregory – Managing Attorney, Finkelstein & Partners

Jennifer Howland – Executive, Pathways for Experienced, Diverse Technical Talent, IBM

Beth Jones – Founder/President, Third Eye Associates, Ltd.

Sandra Ludlum – Vice President of Branch Administration, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Kelly Mace – Director of Patient Care Services, MidHudson Region, CareMount Medical

Kathy Merget- Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, The Culinary Institute of America

Leah Penniman – Founding Co-Director, Soul Fire Farm Institute, Inc.

Susan Rajczi – CEO, Ginsberg’s Foods

Erin Riley – Senior Vice President, Scenic Hudson

Nina Smiley – Director of Mindfulness Programming, Mohonk Mountain House

Tara Sullivan – Deputy Executive Director, New York State Bridge Authority

Sponsors of the 2018 Women in Business Awards include: CareMount Medical, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Ginsberg’s Foods, Inc., Health Quest, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Katy Dwyer Design Inc., Luxe Optique, Marion Salon & Spa, New York State Bridge Authority, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Rhinebeck Bank, RL Baxter Building Corp., Scenic Art Studios, Scenic Hudson, The Walker/Gaffney Group at Morgan Stanley, Williams Lumber & Home Centers, and Women’s Enterprise Development Center.


Barbara Begley 914.345.0601