2024 Women in Business Awards

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Celebrate the region’s top business women at Hudson Valley’s 2024 Women in Business
Awards. The winners, selected by the editors of Hudson Valley, will be profiled in the
December 2024 issue. The Women in Business Awards features a sit-down luncheon,
keynote speaker and networking opportunities. Connect with regional business owners,
civic leaders, governmental officials and key executives from local and national
companies as a sponsor of this special tribute to top female executives, entrepreneurs,
government and non-profit leaders.


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Save the Date
Thursday, December 5, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Academy
Poughkeepsie, NY

Sponsorship Information:
(845) 463-0542

General Event Information:
(845) 463-0542

Gift Bag Sponsors

Marion Salon & Spa

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, Exalted Alchemy & River Valley Guild, Co-Founder, Dream Valley

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


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.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Nominee may live anywhere, but must work in the Hudson Valley
• Nominee must have been in her current position for at least one year.
• Anyone (colleague, peer, superior, subordinate, friend, relative) is eligible to nominate a candidate.

Self-nominations are accepted.

Deadline for Women in Business Awards submissions is July 5, 2024.

Women in Business 2024 Nomination Form

Nominator name(Required)
Nominee name(Required)


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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.

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