Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Women Soaring in business

Dallas HR Executive, Marie Diaz, Named Finalist In 6th Annual Stevie® Awards For Women In Business

Stevie Award Winners to Be Announced in New York on November 13

Marie Diaz


PRLog (Press Release) – Nov 02, 2009 – Dallas, Texas – Marie Diaz, CEO of Pursuit of Excellence, Inc., is a Finalist in the “Mentor of the Year” category in the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York on Friday, November 13. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S.A and several other countries are expected to attend. The presentations will be broadcast live on radio in the U.S.A. by the Business TalkRadio Network.

More than 1,100 entries were submitted this year for consideration in 54 categories, including Best Executive, Best Entrepreneur, and Best Community Involvement Program. Pursuit of Excellence Inc. is a Finalist in the Mentor of the Year category.

Marie Diaz was nominated for her significant contributions toward creating meaningful change and positive social impact in business, and in the community as a whole. One of these contributions is the “Making of Champions” Youth Leadership Program that she launched in 2009, in partnership with the Dallas Independent School District, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas. This program is designed to teach select elementary, middle and high school students the knowledge, and leadership skills needed to succeed in school and in the real world. Ms. Diaz also developed a Mentor Protégé program for the DISD to educate minority and woman owned businesses regarding best industry practices.

Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

“Being named a Finalist in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.”

“I am honored to have received this nomination and to be among the finalists for the Stevie Award,” said Marie Diaz. “This nomination serves to strengthen my commitment to empower those students who will become tomorrow’s leaders, as well as those business owners that are seeking the final piece of the puzzle. It is only by giving to others that we can actually grow and succeed ourselves”.

Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

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About Pursuit of Excellence: The company was founded in 1994 to provide small to medium sized companies with a full range of human resource services including human resource risk assessment, risk management, organizational and people development, payroll processing, and employee rewards administration. These offerings create the acronym H.O.P.E. which gives rise to the Company’s motto: Delivering H.O.P.E. to businesses and industry worldwide.

For more information about Pursuit of Excellence, Inc., visit its web site at

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