Hodge Wins BPW's Career Woman of the Year Award

April 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

The Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club of South Carolina are pleased  to announce this year’s winner of the South Carolina Woman of Accomplishment and South Carolina’s Career Woman of the Year awards.  Both awards were presented on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the annual meeting of The Federation of South Carolina Business and Professional Women’s Club in Columbia, at the Clarion Hotel.

These awards highlight successful women who have distinguished themselves in their career or advocacy work, and who show civic and humanitarian leadership. Their contributions must also further the advancement of women in our society, and the award winners must be positive roles models for young women.  BPW’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information,  and these awards select women that advance this cause.

This year’s award to Reggia Riggins Stapleton of Easley for the category of Woman of Accomplishment was presented to her for her extensive work at the John T. Simpson Alternative Center for Education in Pickens County.  Reggia has worked with children in the field of alternative education since June of 2007 after beginning her career at Clemson University, then holding several different positions including classroom teacher, coaching roles and Assistant Principal.  Not only does her full-time career serve the community on a daily basis, but Ms. Stapleton was also recognized because of her efforts in reducing the number of high school drop outs.  She has helped graduate 600 at risk students in the four years under her directorship.  As a requirement for the award, when asked what she feels is the biggest challenge to young women today, Reggia identified that students must have self-discipline, self-reliance and self-confidence.

The award of Career Woman of the Year was presented to Susan A. Hodge, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., who is currently employed at USC Upstate as the senior director of community engagement, Academic Affairs.  Presented to a woman in South Carolina that has achieved outstanding success in her own career and has made significant contributions to civic and humanitarian activities, Susan’s work at USC Upstate includes facilitating a professional association with BPW and the Johnson College of Business,  establishing “An Evening of Great Conversations” –  a signature dinner event, helping institute the inaugural breakfast event for the Johnson College of Business Administration and Economics,  raising an endowed scholarship of significant funds, and many other professional alliances with businesses and clubs.  In her civic duties, Ms. Hodge was selected because of involvement with the Kiwanis Club, forming a medical library with historical medical documents, writing a “Getting to Know the Arabic Language” program, and other extensive community involvement.  In addition to those boards and civic responsibilities, Ms. Hodge is the president-elect for the local Breakfast  Business and Professional Women’s chapter.  She believes that women can only be raised up in society if they are given the opportunity to educate themselves.  It is only then, that women will have a chance at fair and equal pay in the workplace.  Ms. Hodge  volunteers to this end by teaching English as a second language.

For anyone interested in joining this dynamic group of women, please contact Tracy Regan at tracy@morethantileshowroom.com for the Spartanburg meeting, or Terrie Albright at TerrieAlbright@yahoo.com for the Easley Chapter and Terry Dennis at terrymowgaffney@bellsouth.net for the Cherokee County Chapter.

Business and Professional Women everywhere are honored by the accomplishments of these women and all the women who were nominated by their peers.   For more information, please contact Tracy Regan at tracy@morethantileshowroom.com