National 4-H Council President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo Wins Gold Stevie Award in 2020 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

By National 4-H Council October 06, 2020

As Female Executive of the Year, Sirangelo Will Join Women from Around the World Recognized for Their Leadership and Achievements

CHEVY CHASE, MD (October 6, 2020) - Jennifer Sirangelo has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Female Executive of the Year category in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business shines a spotlight on women executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations run by women for their leadership and significant contributions and achievements over the past year.

This honor recognizes Sirangelo for her leadership in convening thought leaders, influencers and, most importantly, young people, in conversations on the impact of COVID-19, on widening opportunity gaps, and how positive youth development is a critical solution in preparing a diverse workforce and citizenry for America's future.

"Winning this year's Gold Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year is such an honor. This award recognizes the importance of positive youth development and is a tribute to the local 4-H staff and volunteers who grow confidence, empathy, teamwork and determination in 4-H youth everyday" said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4-H Council. "I am inspired by the powerful work of the other nominees and winners this year and look forward to continuing our mission to ensure opportunity for all young people through our partnership with USDA and Cooperative Extension's 4-H program."

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition produced by the creators of the prestigious International Business Awards® and American Business Awards®. The Stevie is widely regarded as the world's premier business award.

More than 1,500 nominations from organizations and individuals around the world were submitted this year for consideration in categories including COVID-19 Response, Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, and Startup of the Year, among others. More than 180 business professionals working in seven specialized judging committees determined the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Maggie Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards, said, "In a year like no other in our lifetimes, we've produced a cohort of amazing, Stevie-winning women, organizations, and achievements like no other. At all times our winners show themselves to be fearless and indomitable, but their leadership and example are especially valued this year. We congratulate all of our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie winners. We look forward to celebrating them during our December 9 virtual ceremony, and to hearing from some of them during our Women|Future Conference on November 12-13."

This year's Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be honored at a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 9. More than 400 women and their guests from around the world are expected to attend the presentations.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business event will be complemented by the third annual Women|Future Conference, a two-day networking and learning event for female founders, business owners, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, that also will be staged virtually, this year on November 12-13.

About 4-H

4-H, the nation's largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation's Cooperative Extension System and USDA and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

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About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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