|Washington, D.C.—SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” presents the Lou Campanelli Award to Edie Fraser, chair of the Diversity Executive Search Practice and managing director of Diversified Search Ray and Berndtson. Fraser, who lives in Washington, D.C., receives this award for her outstanding individual volunteerism, philanthropic contributions and dedication to entrepreneurship and SCORE.The Lou Campanelli Award annually recognizes outstanding individual volunteerism, leadership, vision and philanthropy in support of small business, entrepreneurship and SCORE. Fraser will receive the award at SCORE’s Afternoon of Vision 2008 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 24. SCORE CEO Ken Yancey and Lou Campanelli will present Edie with the award.
Fraser has supported SCORE since 1997. Her father, Les Fraser, is a SCORE volunteer and leader in Atlanta. SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “SCORE honors Edie Fraser for her extraordinary leadership in supporting the success of women and minority entrepreneurs and executives.” Yancey adds, “Her ongoing support of entrepreneurship through SCORE inspires all of us to give our very best to the small business community.”
Edie Fraser says, “SCORE is a cornerstone of what is the best of this country. Small business is the most significant part of our economy across this nation.” Fraser believes, “SCORE is the premiere source of free counseling & advice and a source of loan information for America’s aspiring entrepreneurs.”
Fraser’s extensive background in support of diversity and women spans four decades. She is the founder of Diversity Best Practices and the Business Women’s Network. Fraser has won more than 35 major diversity awards, plus honors from federal government agencies and U.S. states. In 2007, she was picked as one of the Top 50 Pioneers in Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and one of the top 46 of America’s Top Diversity Advocates by DiversityBusiness.com.
Fraser has served on the Women’s Business Center of Washington, and she was past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of the National Capital Area. She has been a partner of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and in 2007, she served as co-chair of the first WIPP Salute to Diversity. Fraser is a member of the Committee of 200. She also serves on many boards and advisory boards.
Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has assisted more than 7.9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.
For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Or, visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org.