2023 Women in Business Awards

Women in Business Awards

Hudson Valley magazine is pleased to honor some of the most successful, influential, and inspirational female executives, entrepreneurs, and government and nonprofit leaders in the region with our annual Women in Business Awards feature and luncheon.

Event Details

Thursday, December 7, 2023
The Academy
33 Academy Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Our 2023 Women in Business nominations are now closed. All of this year’s honorees are announced in our December issue, available on newsstands in mid-November.

Read about the talented list of 2023 honorees here.

More Info

Sponsorship information
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General event information
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Gold Sponsors

Williams Lumber

Silver Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Women's Enterprise Development Center

Gift Bag Sponsors

Marion Salon & Spa
Skin By Eve
Third Eye Associates

2023 Keynote Speaker

Maya Kaimal is an award-winning cookbook author who learned the art of Indian cooking from her South Indian father, and from family in Kerala, India. She has written three cookbooks on Indian food. Her first two, Curried Favors: Family Recipes from South India (winner of the Julia Child Award) and Savoring the Spice Coast of India, both highlighted her South Indian roots. Her newest cookbook, Indian Flavor Every Day was published by Clarkson Potter in March 2023.

In 2003, Maya and her husband launched a line of Indian sauces under the brand Maya Kaimal Foods. Her line has expanded to include ready to eat plant-based lentil and chickpea curries, rice and condiments, all designed to closely replicate the home-cooking she was raised on. Her products can be found at over 15,000 stores nationwide including Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts, Target, Safeway-Albertsons and Costco.

2023 Honorees

Cecille Castillon-Weinstein

Founder & CEO, Pepper Concierge

Jasmin Davis

City Chamberlain of Poughkeepsie

Sarah Dwyer-Shick

Founder, The Sports Bra Project

Adasha Gittens

Owner, Dash Events, Party Rentals & Photo Booths

Nicole Harris

Owner, Tiny Greens Farm

Charise Isis

Founder, Photographer & Executive Director, Grace Goddess Inc

Christine Kelley

Co-Founder, Freefall Sangria

Jess Kravit

Founder & CEO, Exhalted Alchemy & River Valley Guild

Stacey Lamar, Dr. P.H.

Owner, Sadie's Place NY

Gerda Maissel, M.D.

Founder, My MD Advisor

Christine Pellegrino

Owner, Pellegrino Healing Center & Pellegrino Integrative Cancer Center

Colonel Brianna Perata

Commander of Keller Army Community Hospital & Director of The West Point Health Service Area

Chelsea Streifeneder

Owner, Body Be Well Pilates

Charlotte Van Horn

President, Tri-State Drywall & Acoustical Inc.

Monali Verma

Founder & Owner, Robotics4U

Lisa Wilson

Executive Director, Hudson Valley Hospice & VP of Marketing Hudson Valley Hospice

Caroline Yip Spindel

Co-Owner, The Rock Shop

Jocelyn Zimmer

President, Zimmer Brothers Jewelers


What about weather? What if it rains?
All events are rain or shine. All tickets are final sale. We cannot provide refunds, cancellations or rain checks due to weather conditions.

Is there an age limit or an ID requirement to enter the event?
Anyone attending this event must be 21 and older. ID is required.

Am I required to show proof of vaccination to attend this event?
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required to attend.

Do I have to wear a face mask?
Masks are not required, and can be used based on personal preference. Guests and staff may continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons, so please be kind and considerate of others.

I don’t see an answer to my question here.
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2022 Photo Gallery

Our 2023 Women in Business Awards event is December 7!