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AmCham awards female achievers

More than 50 women were nominated to the first ‘Women of Excellence Award’, a prize handed out by AmCham Hungary in appreciation of an exemplary work-life balance in female leaders and professionals.

The award, established by AmCham in cooperation with Morgan Stanley, is the adoption of a similar initiative given by the institutions’ Hong Kong units for years, though it aims to value a more holistic performance. “We are focusing not only on business success, but on harmony while managing private life, social activities, charity and business at the same time,” said Marybeth Cagney, leader of Morgan Stanley’s Budapest office.

The first domestic award was handed out on AmCham Hungary’s fourth annual Conference on Diversity, which this year has also highlighted how Hungarian women are maneuvering to fulfill the many different roles of their lives. Addressing the topic was also inspired by the fact that the employment level of women in Hungary is one of the lowest in the EU countries, organizers reported.

This winner was Csilla Vizvári, managing director of IRMÁK Kht, a non-profit company providing care for more than 700 elderly and disabled people in residential homes. Besides physical and mental care, the institution also legally represents their interests. The organization employs 260 people, and provides job for 185 disabled people, too. The group IRMÁK, run jointly by Vizvári and her husband, also includes a consulting, a facility management, a real estate development company and a pharmacy.

The other four finalists of the Women of Excellence Award were Nikolett Blaskó, founder and leader of Hungarian advertising agency ACG, Eszter Handó, associate director of human resources at Procter&Gamble’s Central European unit, Eszter Szabó, regional leader of GE Corporate Communications & Public Affairs CEE, and Árpádné Csík, special education teacher at Budapest-based SOFI, an integrated multi-level education institute for disadvantaged children. (BBJ)