CommonKindness co-founder wins Stevie Award

CommonKindness president and co-founder Sarah Schloemer has been named the winner of a Silver Stevie Award in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations: public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, large and small. The 2013 awards received entries from 18 nations and territories.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners during a sold-out event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

More than 1,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Company of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Women Helping Women and Communications Campaign of the Year.  

Schloemer was recognized for her management and direction of CommonKindness, the free printable grocery coupon website that donates 20% of its revenues to the coupon users’ favorite nonprofit organization. The 28-year-old leader from New Zealand launched the innovative social enterprise that empowers people to “save money and help others” under two years ago.  

In a departure from the traditional pay-per-print model, Schloemer developed a performance-based, pay-per-sale model for brands that eliminates account setup and coupon loading fees and charges only 25 cents for each coupon that is redeemed. That means a brand only pays a fee when it gets a sale — a cost effective model for distributing coupons, generating sales, maintaining shelf space, reaching new consumers and the model eliminates any risk of click fraud.

“Having been founding chairman of several consumer brand companies I believe Sarah has found the most cost effective way to generate sales for brands and help nonprofits, a double win!" says Andrew Martin, founding chairman of CommonKindness.

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 240 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.

“For 10 years we have been recognizing the achievements of women in the workplace, and this year’s nominations were the most impressive class the judges have ever reviewed,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. “We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”

“Sarah is a natural leader and she leads with a rare combination of kindness, competence and vision. We are extremely proud of Sarah for being recognized as a Finalist in the Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year Stevie Award. What an achievement!” added Martin.

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