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  J. Keith Crisco
Secretary of Commerce


North Carolina
Office of the Secretary of Commerce


Date: 10/22/2012


Contact: Karen Mann
Phone: 919 715-1034

State Tourism Head Lynn Minges Named Career Woman of the Year

Business and Professional Women/Raleigh honor Assistant Secretary Lynn Minges

Lynn Minges, Assistant Secretary of Tourism, Marketing and Global Branding in the North Carolina Department of Commerce, will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 24, with the Career Woman of the Year award from the Business and Professional Women/Raleigh. The award will be presented at the organization’s Super Know luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton RDU.

The award is presented annually to a successful woman who has distinguished herself in her career and has been a positive role model for young women.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by an organization with such a strong legacy of support for working women, their families and the workplace,” Minges said. “With its advocacy, the Business and Professional Women organization has been a positive force in shaping the work life of American women.”

Serving in progressive leadership roles within the Department of Commerce for nearly 20 years, Minges provides leadership and strategic direction for the state’s tourism, film and sports industries and for marketing North Carolina’s assets for business and economic development. She chairs the National Council of State Tourism Directors and was recently elected secretary of U.S. Travel’s Board of Directors. Minges is a member of the U.S. Tourism Policy Council and Leisure Advisory Council as well as the Executive Board of Travel South USA. She also serves on the Business Advisory Council of the John A. Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University.

Minges, who has been recognized by Triangle Business Journal with an Outstanding Women in Business Award, is a graduate of Peace College and North Carolina State University.

BPW/Raleigh as well as BPW/NC, BPW/USA and BPW International Chapters are celebrating National Business Women’s Week, Oct. 22-26, 2012. With the theme “Better Business Women for a Better Business World,” National Business Women’s Week was established in 1928 to celebrate and dramatize the contribution of women to the country.

The Super KNOW luncheon, a celebration of North Carolina women in sports, will feature an ESPN living-room style chat with the women’s basketball head coaches at the area’s four NCAA Division 1 universities: Kellie Harper, North Carolina State University; Sylvia Hatchell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Joanne McCallie, Duke University; and Vanessa Taylor, North Carolina Central University.
The coaches will discuss how they worked to succeed at sports and life. Debra Morgan of WRAL will moderate the discussion.




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