Entrepreneurial Women of Impact Awards

The Entrepreneurial Women of Impact Awards is a joint collaboration between the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) and Women Elevating Women (W.E.W.). The awards are generously sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking to recognize the outstanding professional achievements and community service of women of color entrepreneurs based in North America.

Application submissions closed on July 15, 2024. WPO encourages eligible applicants who are interested to apply in June 2025. 

2024 Entrepreneurial Women of Impact Awards

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • An entrepreneur with ownership in a privately-held, for-profit business
  • A Woman of Colorbased in North America
  • The business must have generated at least $500,000 (USD) in revenue in 2023
  • Fit into one of the three application categories ($500k-$1M, $1M-$10M, $10M+)

The winners are chosen by WPO and W.E.W., with the approval of the award sponsor, JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. Winners will be notified via email and awarded at a ceremony held during the W.E.W. 2024WARD Conference in Philadelphia, PA on September 11th. In-person attendance is strongly encouraged for all winners. There is no cost for the winner to attend the awards ceremony.

*Woman of Color is defined as any nonwhite woman whose ethnic identities intersect with one or more nonwhite ethnic group.

2023 Honorees


  • Ayeshah Abuelhiga, MDBC LLC dba Mason Dixie Foods (Baltimore, MD)
  • Marlene Andersch, rockITdata (Raleigh, NC)
  • Tamala Austin, J.I.V.E. Juice Company (Humble, TX)
  • Nooshin Behroyan, Paxon Energy & Infrastructure (Oakland, CA)
  • Miko Branch, Miss Jessie's, LLC (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
  • Soyini Chan Shue, Overwatch Services LLC, dba City Safe Partners Security (New York, NY)*
  • Carolyn Chism Hardy, Chism Hardy Investments LLC (Memphis, TN)
  • Erica Dobbs, Dobbs Defense Solutions (Bowie, MD)*
  • Nancy Galvan, Unica Enterprises LLC (Dallas, TX)
  • Seena Hodges, The Woke Coach (St. Paul, MN)*
  • Roz Huang, Athena Music and Wellness Therapy, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)*
  • Priti Jain, Nao Medical (Roslyn Heights, NY)*


  • Olga Luz Lopez, CIMA Logistics LLC (Irving, TX)
  • Christine Maddela, Storyville RD, LLC (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Tonia Morris, Simply HR, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
  • Tiffany Newhouse, Newhouse Project Consulting (Fairfield, CA)*
  • Maria Palacio, Progeny Coffee (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Hetal Parikh, Rangam (Somerset, NJ)*
  • LuzElena Rivers, Amera Solutions (Houston, TX)*
  • Wanda Rogers, Construction Service Workers (San Diego, CA)
  • Jade Simmons, Jade Media Global LLC (Houston, TX)*
  • Robin S. Thorne, CTI Environmental, Inc. (Long Beach, CA)
  • Chaitra Vedullapalli, Women in Cloud (Sammamish, WA)
  • Chelsea C. Williams, Reimagine Talent Co. (Raleigh, NC)*

*WPO Member

The History of the Entrepreneurial Women of Impact Awards

Previously known as the Women of Color Achievement Awards, the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) had partnered with 100 Black Men of America for over a decade to salute successful local women entrepreneurs. All award recipients were identified by a local chapter of 100 Black Men, in conjunction with the corresponding local chapter of the WPO. The WPO and 100 Black Men of America partnership enabled both organizations to acknowledge a distinguished group of influential women business leaders. As of 2023, a total of 26 cities have celebrated these awards.