Chosen from a pile of outstanding nominees, Lynda is currently assisting over 15 charitable organizations, mentoring several other business women, and is one of 3 hosts of The Woman Show, a talk show on KFRU radio.
The award was presented on June 6, 2006 to a visibly surprised and moved Baumgartner at the 2006 Columbia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet held in the recently refurbished Lela Raney Wood Hall on the campus of Stephens College.
The Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award is co-sponsored by Delta Systems and Women’s Network, which each year chooses a deserving business woman who exemplifies the values of leadership, volunteerism, community involvement, and mentoring. Nominations are taken from the public, and usually nominees are not aware that they have even been nominated. To avoid nepotism, winners are chosen solely based on the content of the responses provided in the nomination forms. The winner receives a $500 grant from Delta and Women’s Network.
Started in 2005 to celebrate the contributions and life of Debin Benish, founder of Delta Systems, the annual award was previously presented to Lili Vianello of Visionworks Marketing and Communications.
Both Baumgartner and Vianello have set the bar very high for future nominees.