Laura Gump, Melanie Wilson and Virginia Liberato, all of Summit, have each been honored with individual awards by ‘Believe Inspire Grow,’ an expanding women’s empowerment organization dedicated to helping women discover their true life’s purpose and live happier and healthier lives.

Believe, Inspire Grow (B.I.G.) focuses on helping to support women in four key areas of their lives: entrepreneurship, wellness & self-care, home and relationships.

Gump was presented the “B.I.G. Innovator of the Year Award” based on the following established award criteria:
Forward thinking
Embraces change
Has strong convictions
Sees things other don’t see

Gump invented Swax Lax training balls, the first soft regulation weight lacrosse training balls, which are used extensively at lacrosse camps, clinics and practices across the country and reduce a new player’s fear of being hit by a traditional, hard rubber lacrosse ball.

Wilson was named as “B.I.G. Leader of the Year” based on the following established award criteria:

Possesses clear vision and knows what to do
Has a strong work ethic and high standards
Is assertive, but not aggressive
Gives credit where credit is due
Wilson has been the leader of the B.I.G. Summit Pod since March 2012. and has successfully built the Summit B.I.G. pod to more than 85 members, the largest group in the entire B.I.G. organization.

Liberato was awarded the “B.I.G. Customer Service of the Year Award” based on the following established awards criterion:

– Has great social disposition
– Showcases a positive attitude
– Thinks critically
– Always problem solves

Liberato, former senior interior designer at CWI.Design, has recently assumed the newly-created role of Residential Trade Leader with Restoration Hardware at The Gallery at the Mall at Short Hills, where she provides tailored support to residential interior designers, home stagers, general contractors and architects.

Fourth Annual Summit B.I.G. Expo of Women Entrepreneurs June 9

The Fourth Annual B.I.G. Expo of Women Entrepreneurs will be held on June 9, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Twin Maples, located at 214 Springfield Avenue.
Area business women will showcase their products and services in the areas of day spas; plastic surgery; catering; health clubs; nutrition and wellness; college planning; parenting; ADHD coaching; fitness; kitchen design; web and graphic design; software; skin care; tutoring, career and educational services, jewelry and hair care.

Admission to the Expo is free, and refreshments will be provided.

Talented women, all members of the Summit / New Providence B.I.G. group, will share their business ideas and products in a fun, informative trade show format.

“Attending will be particularly helpful for any woman considering launching her own business, since they can chat with those brave ones who have taken the plunge, and are now able to showcase their brand,” said B.I.G. Summit / New Providence pod leader Melanie Wilson.

Wilson continued, “At B.I.G., we strive to empower women at all stages of their professional pursuits, from stay at home mothers looking to re-engage in the workforce, to seasoned entrepreneurs looking to grow their business and career executives looking to make a change. The Expo gave the exhibitors an opportunity to reach a hungry marketplace,” Wilson said. “The (mostly) women who attended were smart and curious. As B.I.G. members, the exhibitors have learned to grow their businesses with regular monthly workshops on topics such as search engine optimization, brand building, social media and legal concerns.”

Believe Inspire Grow hosts monthly meetings where women learn to unlock their true potential and live the lives they were meant to live. BIG aims to provide a safe environment and offer face-to-face support from a like-minded tribe of peers on the belief that, since every woman has special gifts and talents, the power of a community of women working together can help every woman discover theirs.

Today, B.I.G has more than 625 members in 37 communities throughout New Jersey, New York City, Connecticut and Massachusetts.