The 2016 SmartCEO Brava Awards

The 2016 SmartCEO Brava Awards

I received a BRAVA Award from Smart CEO magazine. I’m proud to say this was my second one – once in NYC and now Long Island. It was a great honor and it was also an honor to have some of my clients join me by receiving an award.

The day came, my clients/friends and I wore our “Sunday” best. We were excited. We didn’t really know what to expect.

We were greeted when we entered the Westbury Manor with a glass of champagne. Nice touch. When we entered the hors deourvres room, we noticed that there was the usual selection of pasta station, stir-fry station and a mix of everything else station. There were also passed appetizers, mostly fried foods. In a smaller room, there was an extended assortment of fruits, veggies and cheeses. The food wasn’t very good, so I ate as little as possible. It was also very warm in the room so I kept having glasses and glasses of water and diet coke to keep hydrated.

IMG_1056After an hour, we were asked to go into the main area. When we walked in, there were tables everywhere, except for the back two rows, there were just chairs. I wasn’t sure why they did it like that since there was room for additional tables. To be honest, I was horrified. Here I nominated my clients and told them it was an amazing event and we sat in the back as if we were wait staff? It was very embarrassing.

IMG_1061The rest of the evening was lovely. The awards were nice and the presentation was done well. They showed a video while we were going up on stage. Here’s mine:


I am really honored to be part of an amazing group of women, just wish the organizers had thought of another way to make the honorees feel special.