Vivian Belen Award Winner, 2017
Jean Austin, 2017 Vivian Belen Award Winner
Vivian Belen was one of the NRWA’s founders, an extraordinary volunteer devoted to building the NRWA, because she believed wholeheartedly in our mission as a nonprofit, member-driven resume writers organization. The winner of this award carries on Vivian Belen’s work.
To say our 2017 winner, Jean Austin, volunteered selflessly and tirelessly this year is an incredible understatement. It didn’t matter what obstacles were put in her way, no matter how many frustrating challenges she encountered, there was no stopping her!
When she was asked last year, to take on what is one of the most critical roles in the organization, Conference Program Chair, she hesitated only because she worried that she may not be up to the task. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Once Jean accepted the role, she dived in with the most remarkable enthusiasm and energy. Thanks to Jean’s extraordinary vision and creativity, the NRWA’s 20th anniversary conference was a resounding success.
I can’t even begin to thank Jean enough for all she has done this year.
Congratulations, Jean Austin!
- Michelle Dumas, The NRWA President, 2017
The NRWA created the Vivian Belen Award to honor those who have given selflessly to the organization, in many cases, without the “title” of board member. They exemplify everything Vivian believed in. They continue to do her work. To ensure that we follow the code of ethics she helped formulate, practice fairness and honesty, and continue mentoring and educating peers and colleagues.