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2014 Women to Watch honorees

Maine is awash in high-profile, accomplished women. We have female leaders in Congress, the U.S. Senate, executive suites in public companies and board rooms, but also manufacturing sites, healthcare companies and in the farm-to-table supply chain.

Yet the journey continues. Now in its sixth year, the Mainebiz Women to Watch award started in response to the lack of women on the cover of our own publication, as well as to growing evidence that women were, in fact, assuming more control of executive suites and Senate chambers and small businesses.

This year we were pleased to see nominations from across the state and across industry lines. The women profiled in this issue are just a fraction of the women in leadership positions around the state. They represent the fields of architecture, manufacturing, staffing, entertainment and agriculture.

They're women that have faced challenges, personally and professionally, and found ways to get things done. They're resourceful, creative, resilient, independent minded, hardworking, thoughtful and smart. And we're proud to present them as our 2014 Women to Watch.

2014 Women to Watch

  • Ellen Belknap
    Ellen Belknap
    President of SMRT Architects and Engineers
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  • Margo Walsh
    Margo Walsh
    Founder of MaineWorks
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  • Amber Lambke
    Amber Lambke
    President and co-owner of Maine Grains and the Somerset Grist Mill
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  • Lauren Wayne
    Lauren Wayne
    General manager of the State Theatre
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  • Claudia Raessler
    Claudia Raessler
    CEO of Maine Textiles
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