COSHOCTON -- Four Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) members attended the 2012 Leadership Training and Young Careerist (YC) and Individual Development (ID) Finals at the Clintonville Women's Club in Columbus April 14. Attending were ID participant Tracey Vlahos, Coshocton ID Chair Marilyn Lauvray, Tomma Bordenkircher and Liz Herrell. Vlahos, a Coshocton BPW member representing Region 4, was named the 2012 BPW/OH Individual Development winner. She will give her winning speech at the evening banquet on May 5 at the BPW/OH Conference in Columbus at the Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts.

Vlahos, who completed a 14-hour ID training in November 2011, placed first at the local competition in January and first at the region competition in February, in order to compete at the state level.

Judging was based on three phases of competition: A 5-minute prepared speech, a 2-minutes impromptu speech and a 10-minute personal interview with the judges.

Vlahos has over 14 years of business development experience in sales and marketing. Currently, she is the marketing director at Primrose Retirement Communities of Zanesville. Interested in health and nutrition, she received certification as an AADP Health Practitioner from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. She is also a Langevin certified Instructor/Facilitator. In June 2011, she was honored to be the first woman from the United States to be chosen as the "Heroine of the Month" by the Aspire Foundation and The Heroine's Quest. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Coshocton School Levy Committee and as a United Way Loan Executive. She joined Coshocton BPW in September 2010 and is also a dual member of Zanesville BPW. She is married to Athan, and they reside in Coshocton. She has two children, daughter, Fellicia and son, Chasee.

Leadership Training included information on the Young Careerist Program and the Individual Development Program - both signature BPW programs, parliamentary procedures, legislation, membership and social media (How to Twitter).

Joyce Patton, Governance Chair and Board Member for Dress for Success Columbus Chapter was the keynote speaker. Carolyn Jeffers, Ashland BPW and Region 1 member was the BPW/OH Young Careerist winner.

BPW, founded in 1919, promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.

BPW is the leading advocate for millions of working women on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed.

For information, contact Membership Chair Liz Herrell at 740-294-0199 or at