The Pet Industry's Leading Resource for News & Content Distribution

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 19, 2013)Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN), the pet industry’s leading organization focused on women who want to grow their businesses, is seeking nominations for the pet industry’s leading female professionals for their first annual Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced at WIPIN’s “The Start of Something Big!” Conference & Awards Show on Aug. 24, 2013.

“The Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards were designed to recognize the amazing females who dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of all pets – dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses and exotics – and their parents,” said Shawna Schuh, president of WIPIN. “The Awards are a celebration of women who have devoted their lives to the pet industry and shine as beacons of women helping women and pets with passion.”

Award categories include Solopreneur, Entrepreneur, Corporation, Advocate and Rising Star. Three finalists will be named in each category, and one overall Pet Industry Woman of The Year will be chosen from the 15 finalists. The Pet Industry Woman of the Year will receive a valuable award package worth thousands of dollars in training and exposure that will include the following:

  • A full year of media and executive coaching with WIPIN President Shawna Schuh, a Certified Speaking Professional and Executive Coach;
  • A featured article in Pet Age magazine and exposure in multiple other pet industry media outlets throughout the year;
  • A feature on the cover of the WIPIN Top Women in the Pet Industry Fall Biz Book;
  • Serve as a featured guest during a WIPIN Monthly Growth Call;
  • Appearances and recognition at pet industry events;
  • An invitation to walk the runway at the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals’ Pet Fashion Show at Total Pet Expo in Chicago in September 2013;
  • The opportunity to meet and greet at the WIPIN reception during Total Pet Expo in Chicago;
  • The chance to walk the runway at the NY Pet Fashion Show just before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NYC in February 2014;
  • Serve as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Women in the Pet Industry Conference and Awards Show;
  • Gifts and treats provided by other top women in the pet industry.

Nominations will be accepted now through July 27, 2013 and the entry fee is $35 for WIPIN members and $85 for non-members. For more information about The Pet Industry Women of the Year Awards, or to submit a nomination, please visit

About Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN)
Established in 2010, and then acquired in 2012 by Shawna Schuh, the current president and Chief Pet Wrangler, WIPIN is headquartered near Portland, Ore., and serves a worldwide membership base of women in the pet industry. WIPIN helps entrepreneurial women grow their pet-focused businesses through unique networking opportunities, valuable business growth meetings and online resources. The Start of Something Big! Conference & Awards Show in August 2013 will bring women together to connect, network, and learn how to grow their pet-focused businesses. WIPIN is affiliated with Black Dog Education, Animal Wellness Magazine and With more than 225 members, WIPIN is the premier networking organization for women in the pet industry, offering its members the opportunity to connect, share and learn from other likeminded professionals. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member at For more information, please visit, or contact Schuh at 503-970-5774, 877-474-2962 or

# # #

Media Contact:
Shawna Schuh

Pin It on Pinterest