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CAROLYN CULLEN TO BE PRESENTED WITH THE 2014 Q BUSINESSWOMAN AWARD AT 2014 CHAMBER �QUADRUPLICITY� CONFERENCE �FEBRUARY 10TH � AT OMNI HOTEL CHARLOTTESVILLE

(Charlottesville, Virginia �February 3)� The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that Carolyn Cullen will be the recipient of the Chamber 2014 Q Businesswoman Award. The presentation is being made during the 2014 Chamber Quadruplicity Conference, February 10th at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel.� The Chamber Quadruplicity Conference is attended annually by more than 200 business and civic leaders.Carolyn Cullen Underwritten by University of Virginia Health System, the annual Chamber Quadruplicity Conference focuses on four elements of balance: Career, Life, Money & Health.� The conference is a full day of programming including this year�s keynote speaker Judy Hoberman, Radio Host, Trainer, Consultant, and Author of �Selling in a Skirt.� Attendees participate in speed networking and have the option of attending two of eight workshops held throughout the day. �Many local exhibitors will participate to showcase their enterprises. Carolyn Cullen has lived in the Charlottesville area for nine years.� Most recently she served as the Regional Advertising Director for The Daily Progress where she was responsible for overseeing advertising operations for nine newspapers in Central Virginia. �While there, she launched Charlottesville Woman magazine and its annual 4 under 40 awards that honor local women making a difference in the community. In 2009 & 2010, Ms. Cullen developed the Charlottesville Woman website, offering a way to increase advertising spots for interested advertisers in a digital platform, as well as expanding the brand of Charlottesville Woman magazine. In 2012, Carolyn initiated the Chamber�s Advancing Women Professionals mentoring program that has helped seven local women advanced their career. �She was the co-recipient of the 2013 Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of that effort. �She is the Mentoring Chair of the Chamber�s Business Women�s Round Table executive committee and she has assisted in the planning of Quadruplicity since its inception in 2007. Feeling passionate about awarding women in the region, Ms. Cullen helped design the Q Award in addition to developing the 4 Under 40 Award. As Chamber BWRT�s Advancing Women Mentoring Program Chair, Ms. Cullen provides an opportunity for emerging women professionals to be paired with a mentor professional helping facilitate professional development. Each mentor/prot�g� relationship is to have actionable steps that help women achieve their personal goals. �Carolyn selflessly creates awards or platforms to celebrate strong local women and never expects anyone to recognize her as one! �She truly believes in lifting women up rather than tearing them down,� wrote her nominator, a former co-worker of Ms. Cullen�s at The Daily Progress. Carolyn Cullen serves on the United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area Board of Directors, and its School Readiness Impact Team.� She also volunteers with the Greene County Food Bank.� She served on the Virginia Press Association�s Professional Development Committee for seven years and is a past programming chair of the American Marketing Association, Central Virginia Chapter.� She also was a steering committee member for the City of Charlottesville�s Celebrate 250! anniversary.� She is a certified trainer of Integrity Selling and Integrity Coaching sales training programs. Carolyn Cullen was instrumental during the Chamber�s transition between communications staff, filling the void, performing many communications staff duties. �Frank Squillace, Chamber Vice President, commented, �Carolyn has been instrumental in assisting us wherever and whenever needed; she is a true team player!� Ms. Cullen originally hails from Minnesota, but now considers herself a Virginia native. �She holds a Master�s degree in Women�s Studies from the University of Minnesota and received her Bachelor�s degree in Religion from Mary Washington College. �She is passionate about empowering and advancing women, and counts among her accomplishments the significant number of women whom she has seen grow in their professional and personal lives. �She is married to George, her husband of 20 years. The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business and enhancing the quality of life in the Greater Charlottesville communities.� Founded in 1913, today 1,100 Chamber member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 men and women in Greater Charlottesville, representing an estimated total payroll of more than $1.75billion a year.

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