Carlson Board Chairman Marilyn Carlson Nelson Honored With World Business Award

Minneapolis, MN | March 09, 2009

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, board chairman of Minneapolis-based Carlson, received the World Business Award during the 2009 Women's World Awards ceremony last week in Vienna.

Carlson Nelson was among 12 women honored for their unique vision, personal strength, commitment to their ideals, and passion for creating a better world in the 21st century.

In addition, Carlson Nelson participated in the second Women's World Congress held in conjunction with the awards event. The purpose of the two-day meeting was to raise public awareness of particular problems women in various cultures face. Among other topics, the group discussed how the global economic crisis evolved and its effect on women around the world.

"It's hard to find any good news in this economic crisis, but for women in business, this could herald significant cultural change in organizations around the world." Carlson Nelson said in her speech to the congress. "When it becomes apparent that the status quo, the old guard, the tired paradigms no longer serve us well, we are more open to new solutions, new models of leadership. In times of chaos, there are often opportunities to 'hurry history.'"

The awards honor women whose achievements in a variety of fields are seen to give courage and provide inspiration to others. Other 2009 winners included Nobel Prize Laureate Betty Williams, and model, philanthropist and businesswoman Elle McPherson. The awards were presented by Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, an international humanitarian activist, outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice, and a previous Women's World Award recipient.

Previous award winners include Oprah Winfrey, Benazir Bhutto, Susan Sarandon and Christian Amapour.

Carlson Nelson has appeared on Forbes magazine's list as one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women." In 2006 she was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News and World Report, and in 2007 Ethisphere Magazine named her one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics."

She also is a member of the World Travel and Tourism Council. She serves on The World Bank's Global Private Sector Leaders Forum, and she is co-founder and an advisory board member of the Women Leaders Program of the World Economic Forum. In October 2006, H.E. Jean-David Levitte, French Ambassador to the United States, inducted Carlson Nelson in the French Légion d'Honneur, an order created by Napoleon Bonaparte. The order recognizes citizens of France, and a select few others, for their exemplary leadership and service to humanity. She is also a member of the Royal Order of the North Star First Class, presented by the King and Queen of Sweden and the Order of the White Rose, Officer First Class, presented by the President of Finland.

Carlson Nelson served as Carlson's chief executive officer from 1998-2008, and continues to serve as chairman of the Carlson Board of Directors.

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