Woman of the Year

Nominations are now closed for our 2017 Woman of the Year. Please plan to attend our April 26th Meeting to cast your vote.

We received 3 very worthy nominations for the 2017 Woman of the Year. Now comes the important step–selecting this year’s winner. As we know, every vote counts, so please be sure to let your voice be heard, and plan to attend the April meeting. It will be at the lovely Inn Spot on the Bay in Hampton Bays, and the menu looks absolutely scrumptious. (RSVP to the meeting here). Please note that only members in good standing will be eligible to vote.

Please keep reading to learn more about the 2017 Woman of the Year Nominees and the criteria on which they are judged.

WOY Criteria Includes:

1. Must currently be active in a field of commerce, education, government or the arts.

2. Must have received or be receiving monetary compensation for her efforts in her field

3. Nominees must be living or working on the East End of Long Island.

4. Must have proven record of: DIRECT LEADERSHIP – Responsible for the duties and be recognized by her peers as a positive force in her profession.

5. SERVICE- Has helped colleagues and associated to grow, develop, and achieve goals of others in a business environment. INDIRECT LEADERSHIP – Due to current or past achievements, she has earned the respect of others and secondarily, given assistance to the community in general. COMMITMENT – Shows a high level of dedication to her goals and ability to achieve them. ACHIEVEMENT – Shows evidence of growth in her business or profession. CHARACTER – Meeting her responsibilities and being of good citizenry.
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A brief synopsis of the nominees (in alphabetical order):

Nancy Kouris, Co-Founder and Owner of Blue Duck Bakery
Nancy’s path to success included stops as a fitness trainer, coordinator for the Red Dress Dinner for heart health awareness, and now co-owner of the beloved Blue Duck Bakery and Cafes. With community service guiding her way, she has served on the board of the Hamptons Bays Chamber of Commerce, is vice-president of the Riverhead Business Improvement District, and donates her time and proceeds from special bakery products to support local charities and community organizations. Currently, she supports the Flying Point Foundation for Autism with the sale of specially designed puzzle piece cookies through the bakery.

Julie Ott, East End Women’s Network Membership Chair, Sales and Operations at Harvest Power, LLC,  Single Mom.
Julie handles sales and operations management at solar energy company Harvest Power. In her professional and personal life she is as comfortable leading the charge to get things done, or collaborating as a team player keeping everyone motivated until they reach the finish line. As busy as she is as a single mom, Julie supports and participates in multiple charity events and organizations, and is always on the go to advance the causes and people that matter most to her.

Felecia Wilson, Manager of Riverhead Office, Judicial Title Insurance Agency; Board member, Riverhead Community Awareness Program; Board Member, Family Community Life Center, First Baptist Church
Felecia is a living and breathing example finding success after rising above the adversity life dishes out. Felecia found herself an unwed mother at 17 and living on social services. With the help of a mentor, Felecia turned her life around, turned a file clerk position into a top-earning sales career and “paid it forward” by mentoring another young woman and serving as a role model to disadvantaged children in the local school, church and community. She is a frequent benefactor to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island where she was recently named woman of the year. In 2015, the Town of Riverhead designated October 15th “Felecia Wilson Day” to honor her community service for the local Riverhead area.

Click below to read and download the full nomination documents for each nominee:

EEWN WOY 2017 Nominee Nancy Kouris

EEWN WOY 2017 Nominee Julie Ott

EEWN WOY 2017 Nominee Felecia Wilson


If you have any questions about our Woman of the Year program please contact Judy McCleery at vividvisions@optonline.net.