WithIt to Honor Connie Post with Legacy Award

The association also announces award nominees in education, mentoring and leadership
February 2, 2016Andrea Lillo

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HIGH POINT, N.C.—Connie Post of Affordable Design Solutions by Connie Post will be honored with the WithIt’s Legacy Award, while several others have been nominated for the organization’s WOW awards in education, mentoring and leadership.

WithIt (Women in the Home and Furnishings Industry Today) is dedicated to the development of professional women. Its annual awards recognize business leaders nominated by their peers who have contributed to the success of the home furnishings industries and have demonstrated significant impact on their companies, the industry or both. WithIt has presented the honors since 1999.

Post is well known for her extensive work with retail design, re-branding and re-merchandising. “Her work produces exemplary sales growth for retailers and has made her the go-to person for retail design in the home furnishings industry,” WithIt said in a statement. Post is also an author, television personality and highly sought after keynote speaker. Off stage, Post mentors young professionals and volunteers for organizations including WithIt, City of Hope and ADL.

In addition to honoring Post, WithIt will present WOW Awards in four additional categories: Education, mentoring, leadership and future leader.

The Education Award recognizes an individual who has put forth significant effort to educate associates, retailers and consumers about home furnishings. This year’s nominees are Patricia Bowling of American Home Furnishings Alliance, Susan Lorenz of Kravet Furniture and Christi Tasker of PuTTin’OuT.

The Mentoring Award honors a company or individual for their efforts to foster advocacy, development and promotion of women in their company and the industry. Mentoring Award nominees are Lisa Ferguson of Décor Mentor, Leslie Carothers of The Kaleidoscope Partnership and Renee Loper-Boyd of International Market Centers.

WithIt created the Leadership Award to recognize the contributions of a woman over age 40 who has demonstrated successful leadership in her company, WithIt and the home furnishings industry. Leadership Award nominees are Irene Crowell of Ashley Furniture Industries, Katherine Juckett of Telescope Casual Furniture and Marilyn Durning of Storis Inc.

The Future Leader Award honors a woman in the industry younger than 40 who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and the potential to become an industry leader. The 2016 nominees for this award are Emily Martin of Lexington Home Brands, Stephanie Lena of Somerton Dwelling and Marissa Kashani of Louis Shanks of Texas.

The WOW awards dinner will be held April 15 in the IHFC International Ballroom here.

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Senior Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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