IWF has the proud history of bestowing the Barbara K. Olson Woman of Valor Award upon some of the most influential female leaders in the country, including most recently Representative Barbara Comstock, human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Representative Marsha Blackburn, as well as Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Representative Mary Bono Mack, Ambassador Nancy Brinker of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Honorable Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of the U.S. Department of State, and the Honorable Lynne V. Cheney, noted author, activist and Second Lady of the United States.
This year, we are presenting Carly Fiorina with the Woman of Valor Award, Ed Gillespie with the Gentleman of Distinction Award, and Cheryl Bachelder with the Outstanding Women in Business Award.
We applaud Ms. Fiorina for her remarkable leadership in the world of business, politics, and philanthropy, and we commend her for serving as a tremendous role model to women and girls. In a year that has witnessed too many new lows in politics, she has stood out as a fearless and passionate advocate for limited government, economic freedom, and a stronger, more prosperous America.
We are excited to honor Mr. Gillespie for his commitment to economic liberty, constitutional government, strong families and communities – all ideals that motivate the Independent Women’s Forum. He has also done tremendous work as a successful businessman, philanthropist, champion for limited government, husband, and father.
Ms. Bachelder writes on the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen website that her purpose “is to develop purpose-driven leaders who exhibit competence and character in all aspects of their lives.” This is just one of the many reasons we are honoring Ms. Bachelder with the Outstanding Woman in Business Award. We recognize Ms. Bachelder for her remarkable work as a corporate leader, philanthropist, wife, and mother. She is also a role model for many young women who are seeking guidance in how best to balance their professional and personal aspirations.
We look forward to honoring Ms. Fiorina, Mr. Gillespie, and Ms. Bachelder on November 30th.
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