WithIt announces 2021 WOW Award recipients ahead of tonight’s gala

HIGH POINT — WithIt, the women’s leadership development network for the home and furnishings industry, announces the recipients of the 2021 WOW Awards which will be presented during a sold out gala dinner on Friday, October 15th during High Point Market.

WithIt is proud of this year’s distinguished nominees and will honor all finalists during the Awards dinner in the IHFC’s International Ballroom. The annual WOW Awards honor the achievements of home furnishings professionals that embody the organization’s mission. 

Kristen Wo, left, and Jana Platina Phipps

On Friday, a panel of judges scored packages and recommendations submitted by the nominees. The 2021 WOW Award recipients are:

Mentoring Award: Jana Platina Phipps, Home Couture Collective

Future Leader Award: Kristen Wo, C.S. Wo & Sons

Leadership Award: Patti Carpenter and Amy Lyn Schwartzbard, The Kaleidoscope Project

Emily Cox, left, and Angela Huff
Patti Carpenter and Amy Lyn Schwartzbard

Education Award: Emily Cox, Onyx Design Collaborative

Sales Excellence Award: Angela Huff, Independent Sales Representative 

Violette Forman, Havertys, will receive the Visionary Award honoring her achievement, insight and actions which have significantly impacted WithIt and Amanda Daubert, Director of Services for Furniture First, will receive the President’s Award. 

Violette Forman

As part of the gala, WithIt will honor all final nominees for these prestigious awards:  Barbara Bradford, Restonic; Beverly Kastel, Stressless; Ashley Grigg, High Point Market; Katie Vanderjagt, La-Z-Boy; Rachel Cannon, Rachel Cannon Limited Interiors; Laura Levinson, Valdese Weavers; Kathy Phillips, Springs Creative; Helena Yates, Purecare; Cindy Rogers; and Tammy Virgil, J.B. Hunt Transport.

The 2021 WOW Awards were made possible through the generous support of vision sponsor International Market Centers, event sponsors J.B. Hunt Transport, Norwalk Furniture and Moso Graphics.

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