The three-day Womens’ Empowerment Series known as the “Woman of Achievement” National Pageant was held on the iconic Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA on November 15 – 17, 2019. Celebrating its 6th, the event honors women’s achievements in media, business, and philanthropy from across the U.S.. The 2020 National Winners are selected through a series of speeches, displays of creative expression, and personal interviews with an esteemed panel of judges.
Commencing on Friday, November 15, 2019 with the “Women in Bloom” Luncheon the first cash award recipients were announced. Speakers included Susan G. Komen – Los Angeles County, NAFE Global Leadership Representative, Robbie Motter (Keynote Speaker & Founder of GSFE – Global Society of Female Entrepreneurs), as well as Social Branding expert Adam Flores, Linda Fogg Phillips of “Tiny Habits”, Linda Xochitl Avalos “Women’s Empowerment” expert, Dr. Nephatina Serrano (Relationship Expert) and Charles Nguyen (Mental Money Management). A series of workshops culminated in networking opportunities and photo shoots of the National Finalists. Two days of competition then ensued.
To kick off the 3-day event, CEO Marlena Martina and Editor in Chief Lisa Sussman unveiled the cover of the newly founded “WOA Magazine” at the “Women in Bloom” luncheon. “WOA Magazine” will highlight various women including WOA “California Woman of The Year” Robbie Motter as well as past and current National Finalists and other women with exceptional stories to tell from across the nation.
“The program is all about the beauty in achievement and giving back. These qualities do not have an age limit,” says National Director Marlena Martin. “Our contestants are volunteers, mothers, mentors, and start up entrepreneurs who have much to offer the world and are chosen for how they are enriching their local communities.”Marlena Martin, CEO of Woman of Achievement & Teen Achieve
The U.S. Finalists were selected for the following categories: Elite: (over 40, Married or Single) and Ms. & Mrs. (40 and under, Married or Single). After a full weekend of competition and immersive engagement, the following women were crowned at a Red-Carpet gala, Sunday, November 17, 2019.
Alicia Couri (Mrs. Elite Florida) (Platform Winner) is Mrs. Elite U.S. Woman of Achievement
Erica Champagne (Mrs. California) (Talent Winner) chosen Mrs. U.S. Woman of Achievement
Cristal Meza (Ms. California) (Platform Winner) was chosen Ms. U. S. Woman of Achievement
Angelique Marie (Ms. Elite Puerto Rico) was chosen Ms. Elite U.S. Woman of Achievement
Allison Heitman (Mrs. Nevada) was chosen Woman of Achievement National Ambassador
Diana Chavez (Mrs. Southern CA) was chosen as Ms. National United States – WOA
Additional Primary Awards & Scholarship Recipients were:
Beverly Jean Charles Award – BEST PLATFORM donated by Brooke Westlake Kelley included a $600 Cash Scholarship to Megan Fenyoe (Ms. San Diego) “I AM ENOUGH” Movement.
LEGACY PLATFORM AWARD – 2nd Place Tie: to Cristal Meza (Ms. California) “Thank A Service Member” & Alicia Couri (Ms. Florida) “Audacious Confidence” The DIANA AWARD – $300 Merchandise Gift Certificate donated by Beverly Hills Designer Timmy Woods, Custom Crystal Award and $300-$600 Cash Award went to U.S. Navy Veteran, Mrs. Elite Virginia: Tracea Bolin
The ART LEWIN STYLE AWARD: 1st Place: Mrs. Nevada, Allison Heitman $200 Cash Award and Custom Art Lewin Gift Certificate
2nd Place: D’ London – Ms. Elite California State ($100 Cash Award & Custom Art Lewin Gift)
LADY IN RED AWARD NOMINEE ANNOUNCED: Eunice Delfin, Ms. Elite San Francisco. She will be honored in the annual Beverly Hills Red Carpet Awards event in February through her Olympic Qualifier status in Archery.
April Emerson Global Mental Health Awareness & Advocacy Award:
$200 to Megan Fenyoe (Ms. San Diego) “I Am Enough” Movement
Molly Edwards Speech Award: $150 to Patrica Rogers (Ms. Elite Florida)
Top Talent Award: $100 to Erica Champagne (Mrs. California)
DR. SAM NGUYEN’S NATIONAL UNITED STATES SCHOLARSHIP of $1000 to:
Diana Chavez – Mrs. Elite Southern California (for her work with the Long Beach Rescue Mission and Homeless Advocacy)
The WOA 2020 National Pageant worked in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation – Los Angeles Chapter, highlighting their annual “Walk for the Cure” held annually in L.A., their new preventative technology & outreach programs for women supported by companies like Lyft, an organization providing free rides to women (and men) in need of mammograms.
Editor in Chief Lisa Sussman of the “WOA Magazine” also serves as editor-in-chief of “Fort Lauderdale Fashion Week Magazine”. Lisa’s partnership with major designers in addition to Macy’s and other national brands, uniquely qualifies her to be Editor-in-Chief of the “WOA National Magazine”. Her career track as a recognized journalist, community activist and on camera announcer confirms “local goes global” is the editorial message for the coming 2020 year. Her newly titled role as the 2020 U.S. Woman of Achievement Ambassador will coincide with her work in the Bahamas with FEMA’s clean up and rebuilding efforts. Sussman’s Platform highlighting STARZ Foundation and other innovations for “Sustainable Housing Options” for underserved communities in the US won her the top Speech Award at last year’s Woman of Achievement Leadership Weekend.
To obtain more information about how to nominate an exceptional woman to “Woman of Achievement”, inquire about underwriting scholarships. Those wishing to purchase an advertisement or sponsored editorial in “WOA Magazine” or National Woman of Achievement Program can do so by contacting the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the corporate office at 800-878-0776.