Northwest NEWS

October 22, 2001


BPW honors women

In an Oct. 8 ceremony, the Woodinville BPW (Business and Professional Women) chapter presented the 2001 Helen Thayer Woman of the Year award to Dr. Julie Miller; Carolyn Leeper was named the 2001 BPW Woman of Achievement. The first award, which was presented by Helen Thayer, the first woman to reach the North Pole, is given to a woman from the Greater Woodinville business community and the second is awarded to an exceptional chapter member.
   Miller, a southern California native, came to Woodinville in 1984 with her family when her husband was transferred to Washington. She holds a master's degree from University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in education from Seattle University. After teaching in California for many years, her passion to train adults was ignited by her appointment as district trainer to train other adult educators.
   In 1984 she opened her consulting firm in Seattle. Miller has taught over 150,000 people her unique numbering system and has worked with corporations, nonprofit organizations and individuals. In addition, she recently completed her on-line business writing courses. Her book, "Business Writing That Counts!" is sold in over 20 countries.
   Miller's volunteer time is spent ushering at her church, sitting on the board of Women Business Owners, providing training expertise to United Way of King County, mentoring women starting their own businesses and serving on the Bellevue Philharmonic Auction Committee.
   Leeper performs her community service through BPW. A 20-year member, she brings enthusiasm and commitment to every endeavor. When first joining Woodinville BPW after moving to Washington, she worked on the chapter's Individual Development Seminar Program. The next year she became the chapter's president and at the same time, took on being the editor/publisher of the chapter's newsletter. She taught herself MS Publisher and digital photography. Currently, Leeper's BPW participation is not only within the chapter, but extends to district and state arenas. She is the recording secretary for District I, the state legislative chair, and she edits/publishes the chapter's newsletter.
   Leeper is a life member of the Institute of Certified Travel Agents and is a travel consultant currently specializing in corporate travel arrangements