Each year American Business Women Association (ABWA) chapters emphasize the outstanding achievements of their members by electing a Woman of the Year. This award was designed so that every chapter can annually recognize a member who has made notable contributions and outstanding achievements in their local chapter and community. The recipient must demonstrate ways in which she went above and beyond with her participation, leadership, and achievement in helping her chapter grow and prosper over the course of the previous year. The Lakeside Leaders Chapter named Wanda La Russa as 2022 Woman of the Year and she will represent the chapter in a national spotlight among other members of ABWA. Being named Woman of the Year is a great honor — one that’s highly respected by ABWA members.

Lisa Dute, Woman of The Year & Awards Celebration Nomination Committee Chair said:

“As a tradition every year we ask everyone to do a self-survey and also to nominate someone to be our woman of the year for our league. The Woman of The Year & Awards Celebration committee tallied up the points for each survey and there were a number of us who had high scores including Wanda. There were several of us who were nominated, but Wanda had the most nominations and so we decided to honor her as our Woman of the Year.

We appreciate Wanda for her monthly motivational tips and stepping up and heading up our social events committee. We have enjoyed the various monthly events also known as FLAMINGLES. With hatchet throwing, miniature golf, musicals, chocolate tours, Cinco de Mayo party, target practice at the local gun range and more she has us trying new things!

We are also grateful for Wanda being the MC for our annual trivia night fundraiser. She did a fabulous job!

Congratulations Wanda La Russa our 2022 Woman of the Year!”