Heads of Olivia chosen as entrepreneurs of the year

Heads of Olivia chosen as entrepreneurs of the year

Judy_AmyAmy Errett, CEO of Olivia, and Judy Dlugacz, the company’s founder and president, were awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Consumer Services category in Northern California. As the Northern California winners, Errett and Dlugacz are eligible for the national award, to be given November 18 in Palm Springs. 

Olivia describes itself as the number 1 lesbian lifestyle company in the world. In the near future the company will be launching Olivia.com, Olivia Magazine, and Olivia Living, an active adult retirement community.

An independent panel of judges chose the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winners for their outstanding work in building and leading a dynamic and growing business. The award was presented at the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 20th Anniversary Gala, held at the San Francisco Fairmont on June 16.

In a statement Dlugacz said, “For more than 30 years we have been evolving Olivia the company for the benefit of our extraordinary clients. This is an historic award, since we have been recognized by E&Y for doing what we love to do most, which is serving and empowering women.”

About Olivia

Olivia logoOlivia is the lifestyle brand focused exclusively on understanding lesbians and delivering premium products and services that connect and celebrate their lives. Originally founded as a record label in 1973, the San Francisco-based company has evolved into the leader in lesbian travel, offering extraordinary vacations for lesbians to some of the world’s most exclusive destinations and featuring top entertainers including Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Etheridge and cast members from Showtime's original hit series, "The L Word." In addition to travel, Olivia offers an Olivia Visa rewards credit card and in 2007 will be launching Olivia.com, an online community, content and resource destination for lesbians, Olivia Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for lesbians, Olivia Membership, a program offering special benefits and resources for lesbians, including insurance and financial services, retail discounts, access to entertainment and heath and fitness resources, and Olivia Living, an active-adult resort retirement community.

Visibility and empowerment for lesbians is at the heart of everything Olivia does. It is proud to sponsor top out athletes Sheryl Swoopes and Rosie Jones and support a number of Women's and Lesbian and Gay organizations, donating more than $400,000 to groups working to empower and transform lives of women and lesbians. For more information on Olivia, visit www.olivia.com.

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
The Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 100 cities and 35 countries.


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