Stevie Award Announcement: 2015 Silver Winner of Female Entrepreneur of the Year for Business Services



PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOV. 16, 2015 – Erika Hovland, founder of IOLITE Global Consulting was awarded a Silver Award for the Business Services with ten or fewer employees category in the 12th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Friday, November 13. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S. and several other countries attended.

More than 1,400 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women-Run Workplace of the Year.

“Now is such an exciting time because the business landscape is being fueled by vibrant and leading women entrepreneurs committed to making a positive impact,” added Erika Hovland, Founder and Managing Director of IOLITE Global Consulting. “I am proud to join other Stevie recipients, who change lives, communities and industries through their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit.”

More than 120 business professionals worldwide chose finalists during preliminary judging. Members of five final judging committees determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists.

“High-achieving women entrepreneurs, organizations, and executives all over the world are an inspiration to girls and women who dream of starting and growing a business,” said Michael Gallagher, Founder and President of the Stevie Awards.

As Founder and Managing Director of IOLITE Global Consulting, Erika develops and strengthens the commercial capabilities of businesses. She designs marketing and sales solutions that deliver a distinct, dynamic and powerful customer experience using a proprietary approach, Gears to GrowSM, that leverages principles from engineering and design.

Client engagements have spanned consumer product goods (CPG), life sciences, medical devices and business-to-business services industries in the United States, France and the United Kingdom. While working for a Fortune 200 company, she assisted in the growth of a product that reached more than $2 billion in annual sales. Erika has received top tier awards for excellence in marketing, and led a team to reach sales of more than $500 million.

She is also an adjunct professor of undergraduate courses in marketing at Temple University. She has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Business Administration from Temple University.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About IOLITE Global Consulting
IOLITE Global is named for the multifaceted gemstone, iolite (eye-o-light) which legend describes as guiding Norwegian sailors across the seas to new lands. IOLITE Global’s mission is to create momentum for businesses to grow by helping them continuously get better at commercial activities. Like the gemstone, IOLITE Global serves as a guide to help company leaders realize their objectives. From start-ups to small businesses to Fortune 200 companies, IOLITE Global has identified the common elements that engineer growth.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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Stevie Award Announcement: 2015 Silver Winner of Female Entrepreneur of the Year for Business Services