Melnik Award

The Melnik Award, named for IWIRC founding Chair Selinda Melnik, is awarded to a member who has made an exceptional contribution, either through efforts over the past year, or for the culmination of her over a period of years. As a volunteer-based, non-profit organization, the work of our volunteers is what fuels our growth and expansion. Those members who have gone above and beyond while maintaining their busy professional and personal lives are who embody this award. Named in honor of our founding Chair, Selinda Melnik, the recipients of this award have made significant and long-lasting contributions to IWIRC.

Past recipients Include:

2017 Beth E. Hansen
2016 Evelyn Meltzer
2015 Jennifer Meyerowitz
2014 Carren Shulman
2013 Judith Elkin
2012 Jennifer McLain McLemore
2011 Tinamarie Feil
2010 Debra E. Kuptz
2009 Leslie A. Berkoff
2008 Francine Gordon
2007 Susan L. Rhiel
2006 Patricia A. Redmond
2005 Janet E. Bostwick
2004 Carmen Lonstein
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Melnik Award Nomination

2017 Melnik Award

Beth Hansen currently serves as IWIRC's Past Chair and has dedicated countless hours and resources to IWIRC's growth and presence around the world. Beth "has devoted herself to improving [IWIRC], increasing membership and helping us to develop internationally. We all know there is no greater ally in the workforce for women promoting women than Beth Hansen," stated her nominator. In addition, Hansen's efforts earlier in her career helped build NEON (Northeast Ohio Network) and more recently her efforts have led to the formation of a Malaysia Network. Beth has been a tenacious supporter of IWIRC, frequently traveling internationally at personal expense to make sure IWIRC was represented at foreign conferences. She also serves as a delegate to the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Working Group V. Beth Hansen's nominator said it best - she is "an incredibly impressive hard working woman, supporter of women, developer of international networks, who has moved this organization in directions we could not have gone without her." In addition to her many professional accomplishments and contributions to IWIRC, Hansen is a devoted mom to four children: Trevor (14), Jonathan (12), Savannah (10) and Evangeline (2). 

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