March 22nd marked Herald Community Newspapers’ 4th Annual Premier Business Women Awards Gala hosted at the Heritage Club at Bethpage. 450 people attended to recognize Long Island’s dynamic and fearless female businesswomen who are leading the charge to increase female representation in the corporate pipeline.

Meredith Waldner Stern Honored with the Legacy Award!

Meredith Waldner Stern, President of Waldner’s since 2009, is proud to be a leader in this fourth-generation women-owned family business. Waldner’s has enjoyed much growth and a rich family history encompassing multiple Waldner generations of leadership. Dating back to 1939, Daniel Waldner (founder), Stephen Waldner, Jay Waldner and Meredith Waldner Stern, to Austin Waldner, Jay’s son who has recently joined the company, making it one of the very few companies in the 4th generation of business.

“It has been my honor to continue my family’s legacy.”

                          – Meredith Waldner Stern, President of Waldner’s 

Meredith Waldner Stern, President of Waldner’s Business Environments receiving the Legacy Award

Being a Woman-Owned company for over 13 years, we recognize the importance of stepping up and continuing the work required to create an inclusive, equitable workplace. We are proud to support The Herald Premier Business Women of Long Island. Congratulations to each of the powerhouse honorees!

During the Awards Ceremony, winners received recognition for excellence in their given fields. The Honoree Categories ranged from Accounting, Art & Culture, Banking & Finance, Civil Service, Economic Development, Education, Entrepreneur, Government, Green Energy, Healthcare & Wellness, Insurance, Legal, Marketing, Sales & PR, Not-for-Profit, Real Estate, and Telecommunications. With Special Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year, Legacy Award,  Next Generation: Under 30, Rising Teen, and Trailblazer Award.

Left to Right: 3rd Generation, Jay Waldner, Principal, and Meredith Waldner Stern, President, & 2nd Generation Owner, Stephen Waldner.

A portion of the ticket proceeds were donated to support the non-profit, GirlsInc Long Island:

We focus on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and evidence-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthyeducated, and independent. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and rights for all girls.