Joanne Lenweaver Honored at Successful Business Women Awards

Joanne Lenweaver, director of the WISE Women’s Business Center—a program of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University—was recognized with the 2015 Award of Outstanding Mentor at the inaugural Successful Business Women Awards on Sept. 24. Lenweaver was one of 13 recipients to be recognized as an industry leader who works to ignite success in women across the Central New York region. The awards event is presented by Her HeartBeat and Business Journal News Network produced by BizEventz.

“The awards were founded to honor women in our CNY community who are not only successful in their business or industry, but who go above and beyond by paying it forward through igniting success in other women, organizations or communities,” said Leisha Doherty, event producer and founder of HerHeartbeat. “Joanne Lenweaver’s honor as Outstanding Mentor at the Successful Business Women Awards is well deserved,” noted Terry Brown, executive director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School. “She works tirelessly to support women in their entrepreneurial journey and has a passion for helping others to realize their dreams and help [their dreams] become a reality.”

The WISE Women’s Business Center is one of 105 women’s business centers nationwide funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is hosted by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. In the nine years of its existence, the WISE Women’s Business Center has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs through training and educational events as well as hundreds of clients with one-on-one, free business counseling. In the last fiscal year, 113 clients came through the Center with total revenues of more than $5.5 million dollars in sales. For more information, visit

Sarah Graham