Karen Tracey, Staffordshire business woman and Chair of the Birmingham chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organisation, scooped the 2017 Adrienne Hall Award for Breaking Down Barriers at the WPO 20th anniversary annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

The award goes to a member, Chapter Chair, organisation or sponsor who has gone out of their way to collaborate with the WPO, to forge an alliance that has proved helpful to the organization, as well as to break down barriers for female entrepreneurs. Karen is the first UK recipient in its 20-year history.

“Karen has demonstrated enthusiastic support for the WPO. She embodies its mission, to help accomplished women entrepreneurs drive second-stage businesses to the next level of success by tackling a multitude of strategic and operational issues,” said WPO President & Founder Dr. Marsha Firestone.

Karen, owner of a Lichfield-based Coaching company which helps high growth businesses and senior executives, was delighted to receive the award. She said “ I am completely shocked and overwhelmed to receive this award. The WPO is a significant force of female entrepreneurs across the world and to be recognised in this way is amazing. To bring this award back to the UK and the Midlands is naturally not only great for me, of course, but also for my Birmingham UK members. I am so proud to receive it.”