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A bit of self-promotion (yeah, I know… again).  I was amazed and thrilled to find out I was a finalist for the venerable Stevie Awards, especially as I hadn’t really thought my “lifetime achievements” were newsworthy enough to rank me amongst the top five in my category.  Last Friday, the judges made the final call as to who was the grand poobah Lifetime Achiever, and sadly, I didn’t get the big prize.  But that doesn’t discount the fact that I’m honored to have been recognized, at the lofty age of 43, to even be worthy of any sort of “Lifetime Achievement” nod.

Here’s the press release, so you can see how I even got this far…

Consort Partners’ Kathy Johnson Named Lifetime Achievement Finalist
by 2008 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Achievements in technology, tourism and aviation for G9 nations, Fortune 500,
and startup companies garners recognition


ROSS, CA,  November 14, 2008 – Consort Partners (www.consortpartners.com), an international strategic public relations and marketing consultancy, announced today that its co-founder, Kathy Johnson, has been named a finalist in the fifth annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor shared by just 4 other women worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards and honors women executives and entrepreneurs globally and the companies they run.

Nicknamed the “Stevies” for the Greek word “crowned,” winners will be announced during a gala event in New York tonight.  More than 1,200 entries were submitted for consideration in 50 categories.  Kathy is proud to be a finalist in the “Lifetime Achievement Award – Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations” category.

The nomination recognizes her work across various sectors, including her role as co-founder of technology PR and marketing consultancy Consort Partners, as well as her ground-breaking ventures in technology as co-founder of the world’s first video search engine Blinkx and executive roles with Internet pioneers Firefly (acquired by Microsoft) and Netcentives. 

Kathy’s evangelism of disruptive technologies has garnered media attention including international TV and radio (BBC, CNN, CNBC, etc.), international newspapers (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Guardian, The Times, Die Welt, Reuters, etc.), and business and lifestyle magazines (Fast Company, Red Herring, Real Business, PC Magazine, etc.).

“To be recognized for a Lifetime Achievement Award by the prestigious Stevie Award organization at the age of 43 is an incredible honor,” said Kathy Johnson.  “This nomination is a privilege I share with my team at Consort Partners, as they have been with me as we’ve worked with business leaders and entrepreneurs worldwide to move markets.”

Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging.  Members of the Awards’ Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists and winners will be officially announced at the awards dinner at 7:30pm EST tonight.

“Being named a Finalist in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.”

Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of 2008 Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/women.

About Consort Partners:

Consort Partners provides marketing, communications and corporate advisory services to technology and media companies. From idea, through launch, to exit, we’ve been there. We’ve identified opportunities, got them off the ground, created new categories, built and sold global businesses. We’ve brokered deals, engineered partnerships and structured transactions in the US, Europe and across Asia. For real-time snapshot on what we’ve done for our clients lately, see: www.consortpartners.com/news.php .

About The Stevie Awards:

Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post, Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Selling Power Sales Excellence Awards. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.