'Excellence' event set for June 21


Dr. Hortense Dodo


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A local research scientist will be the featured speaker at the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon later this month.

The seventh annual event, which honors area women for their contributions in either business or civic affairs, will be held at Montero’s Restaurant on Wednesday, June 21, at noon.

Dr. Hortense Dodo, who is originally from the western African nation of the Ivory Coast, was selected to be this year’s speaker because of her business background and her life story, Chamber President Mike Hindenach said this week. Dodo received public note last year when she secured $275,000 in federal and state grants to produce a commercial prototype for an allergen-reduced peanut.

According to her biography on LinkedIn, Dodo is president and chief executive officer of IngateyGen and a former professor at Alabama A&M University from 2003-10.

"We are expecting her to talk about her journey, of how she has gotten from where she started to where she is now," Hindenach said. "We're really kind of seeking the human side of the story."

This year’s Women of Excellence event will be held at Montero’s instead of the Pines — its traditional venue since 2012 — because organizers were hoping for a more “intimate sort of setting,” Hindenach said.

The Chamber is still seeking nominations for the 2017 Women of Excellence award, Hindenach said. The deadline to nominate a woman for the award is 5 p.m. Monday.

"There's still some time to get some applications in," he said.

Tickets to the event are $25. Corporate tables are available for the event for $220. Those interested in purchasing tickets online can click on: http://www.elizabethcitychamber.org/events/details/7th-annual-women-of-excellence-3243

Those interested in submitting a nomination may contact the Chamber at 335-4365 or stop by the Chamber office at 502 East Ehringhaus Street. To download a copy of a nomination form visit: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Elizabeth-City-Area-Chamber-of-Commerce---Nominations-for-2017-Women-of-Excellence-and-Luncheon-Details.html?soid=1109916597012&aid=BcVnF-DoeLo