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  Women of Distinction Awards

presented by

Professional Women of the Finger Lakes

Thursday, May 3rd at the Inn on the Lake

The Women of Distinction Awards is a program that has been sponsored by the Professional Women of the Finger Lakes for more than twenty years.

The 2018 award categories include: Entrepreneurial, Professional Achievement, Volunteer Service, Women Helping Women, PWFL Woman of the Year and Youth Leadership. Each year, these awards recognize, encourage and celebrate outstanding women who have made a significant impact and demonstrated excellence in one of these six categories.

Keynote Speaker:

Stephanie Kunes was born and raised in Canandaigua, graduating from Canandaigua Academy. In 1981 Stephanie answered an ad from Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis (RAMS) for a bus driver to drive disabled adults living with MS to various recreation programs. Stephanie was hired and discovered her passion – helping those living with MS overcome the many challenges the disease can bring, and that was the beginning of her amazing career with now a much larger organization that she now leads as President and CEO. She has challenged the women around her to be the best that they can be by putting them in leadership positions, giving them opportunities to try new things and providing access to resources to help them grow, both professionally and personally.  A seasoned public speaker, Stephanie is able to spread her passion to others, inspiring them to get involved, take action and make a difference. Her words motivate the audience with her unique ability to add humor that creates a lasting and passionate message.


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