(March 31, 2017) Marsha Firestone, Founder and President of the Women's President Organization, announced Dana Denis-Smith as the co-winner of the Best Mentor and Role Model Award at the inaugural WEConnect International Gala on March 30, in Washington, DC. She shares the honor with Femi Olayebi of Nigeria. The Best Mentor and Role Model Award recognizes WEConnect International certified women business owners that have not only developed successful businesses, but have also helped those around them do the same. Executive Director of WEConnect International in Europe Maggie Berry accepted the award on Dana's behalf.
Dana is an entrepreneur, ex-lawyer and journalist, who founded Obelisk to provide city lawyers, especially mothers, work flexibility and to provide clients with an affordable and quality legal support solution. Obelisk has been recognized for its championing and ground-breaking work, most recently being named by The Times as one of UK's Top 50 Employers for Women in 2016 and 2015. Dana,
herself, has been recognized by innumerous media outlets and is a regular commentator, writer, and speaker on issues such as the economic value of human capital and the legal sector, generally. In 2014, she founded First 100 Years, charting the journey of women in law through a video social history.
Obelisk was certified in 2012, only months before Executive Director of WEConnect International in Europe Maggie Berry joined the team. Today, Maggie's role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and developing the database and network of women business owners, like Dana, across the UK and Europe.