Oklahoma City's Terry Neese, CEO of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, has earned the 2013 Enterprising Women Legacy Award by Enterprising Women magazine.
The Enterprising Women Legacy Award seeks to recognize women in the Enterprising Women community who have given back in an extraordinary way. Neese was chosen based on her continued dedication to educating and empowering women across the globe economically, politically and socially.
Neese established the nonprofit Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women to help women across the nation as they acquire the entrepreneurial skills necessary to help start and grow a business. She developed the institute's Peace Through Business Program, a training and mentorship program for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda, in an effort to connect women in business as they become the change agents for peace in countries where women face oppression and marginalization.
Neese is also an inductee into the National and Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fames, as well as, a past national president of the National Association of Women Business Owners and past president of Women Impacting Public Policy.
“I am honored to join the other amazing recipients of the Enterprising Women Legacy Award and look forward to continuing my efforts to give back to the community and the world through my work with women entrepreneurs,” Neese said.