New York Conference - November 2014 : Mary Schnack Award

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In Remembrance and Tribute to an Extraordinary Friend and A Remarkable Woman: The Mary Schnack Award

The Mary Schnack Award will be presented to a woman at each WLE Conference, who like Mary, did well by doing good. A specialist in communications, Mary Schnack was an award-winning writer, reporter, public relations professional and advocate. Mary Schnack & Associates represented sophisticated organizations from corporations and small businesses to government agencies and associations and non-profit organizations. They have placed client’s stories in national publications, regional and local newspapers, radio shows and programs, television news programs and internet-based media. They also help build their client’s branding and expertise recognition through social media.

Mary gave speeches and conducts communication trainings worldwide. She was articulate, witty and knowledgeable about communications for both business and personal relevance. During her almost 20 years as an entrepreneur she branched out into other projects and businesses, as well. She created a partnership in Nairobi, Kenya, to do communications training in Africa and works with entrepreneurs in Iceland to present the global BRANDit workshop.

Mary also started “Up from the Dust: Supporting the global growth of women microenterprises.” She exhibited at various women’s conferences throughout the country, selling items made by women microenterprises in developing countries, including China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Guatemala, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana.

Schnack grew up on a farm in Iowa and majored in journalism in college. She has received numerous awards for her work as a writer, reporter, public relations professional and an advocate for the disabled, cancer research, women business owners and small businesses. Among her awards are the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me in 2011, 50 Women of Influence and Power in 2011, 2010 Enterprising Women of the Year, Advertising Working Mother of the Year in 2008, Women in Business Advocate of the Year in 2004, Entrepreneurial Excellence in 2004 and the Pioneer Award in 2001 from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

She has helped more people than can be counted, giving is just a part of her. She challenges you to reach beyond your comfort zone. Women around the world have benefited for having known Mary. The one accomplishment in life Mary was most proud of is her daughter, Erika.

She will be missed!

Sue Matthews, President
Tay-Bandz/Kids Curing Cancer


Sue Matthews is actively involved in advocating for children with cancer in memory of her 16 year old daughter, Taylor, who was a high spirited, fun loving child whose contagious laughter and smile could brighten anyone’s day and who believed that in life… All You Need is Love. Taylor remains a beacon of hope in the battle against pediatric cancer.

Sue has emerged as an advocate for pediatric cancer awareness. As President of tay-bandz/kids curing cancer, Sue oversees all of the foundation’s grant making, fundraising, activity and event planning and financial reporting. tay-bandz has expanded its programs to a national level. Her primary focus is to raise awareness and fund research for pediatric cancer. She collaborates with other cancer foundations, associations and societies as well.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts degree where she majored in Accounting. She is a CPA and was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Specializing in mergers & acquisitions.

Sue is a member of The Columbia’s Children’s Council at Columbia Medical University and a member of Coalition Against Cancer Gold Awareness Project.

Sue is an Executive Mentor at Baruch College. She is currently a member of Cambridge Who’s Who, The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, The American Institute of Certified Public accountants, The Ben Applebaum Foundation, and The Woman’s Committee of the Museum of New York City.

Sue is writing a memoir of Taylor’s journey to help parents facing the tragedy of having a child diagnosed with cancer. Her memoir will include practical advice as well as highlight Taylor’s celebration of life.

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