November 3, 2014 | Press Releases

HINESBURG, Vt., U.S. — The International Women’s Forum (IWF) has named Jan Blomstrann and eight other outstanding women leaders from around the world as “Women Who Make a Difference.” During the IWF 2014 World Leadership Conference on October 31, the organization paid tribute to the contributions that awardees have made toward improving society, inspiring others, and building better leadership in the world.

Jan Blomstrann’s career in socially responsible business began when she joined Hinesburg-based Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG) in 1987. During her tenure at RNRG, she has helped build a global organization that now serves more than 150 countries around the world. In addition, her focus on workplace excellence and sustainability have been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Best Places to Work in Vermont, the Vermont Governor’s Office, and the U.S. Green Building Council (for RNRG’s two LEED Gold buildings).

In addition to the IWF honor, Blomstrann has received several awards for her leadership, including Wind Woman of the Year by the Women of Wind Energy (WoWE); Champion of Change by The White House; and the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. She currently serves on the board of directors for the American Wind Wildlife Institute, WoWE, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and the Fairbanks Museum.

2014 Women Who Make a Difference Honorees:

Jan Blomstrann
Chairwoman & CEO, Renewable NRG Systems
Vermont, USA

Ophelia Cheung
Justice of the Peace
Hong Kong, SAR

Linda B. Davis
Pioneer Rancher
New Mexico, USA

Ann Drake
Chairman & CEO, DSC Logistics
Chicago, USA

Heidi Kühn
Founder & CEO, Roots of Peace
Northern California, USA

Chua Sock Koong
CEO, Singapore Telecommunications Limited

Zanele Mbeki
Founder & Patron of IWF South Africa & First Lady of the Republic of South Africa, 1999-2008
South Africa

Teresa Valdez-Fauli Weintraub
President & CEO, Fiduciary Trust International of the South
Florida, USA

Carol Tomé
CFO & EVP of Corporate Services, The Home Depot
Georgia, USA

The IWF annual World Leadership Conference brings together more than 700 thought-leaders, advocates, and pioneers from more than 50 countries. This year’s meeting, “Human Rights/Human Responsibilities,” took place on October 28-31 in Atlanta, Georgia, and featured a series of discussions and expert panels on major trends that are affecting the citizens, particularly women, of our global community.

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