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Santostefano receives Enterprising Women of the Year award

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    Melanie Santostefano


Vicarious Multimedia founder and President Melanie Santostefano has been named a 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award winner by Enterprising Women Magazine.

The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. Honorees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship and stand out as leaders in their communities.

Santostefano has been a mentor and educational presenter for the Young Entrepreneur Academy for the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce since 2013. She will be participating in the District 211 Career Fair February 27 to showcase careers in the marketing/public relations fields, and will be a member of the Women at the Table panel, made up of area women business owners, sponsored by Harper College's Hope Giving Circle March 6. Vicarious Multimedia also offers year-round internships for college sophomores and juniors seeking experience working in communications.

"It is a great honor to be recognized with other women entrepreneurs who are working hard every day to grow their businesses, while supporting future leaders through the sharing of expertise and guidance," Santostefano said. Santostefano recently was named the 2019 Business Leader of the Year by the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the board of directors for the nonprofit The Bridge Youth and Family Services and is a Buffalo Grove Rotarian, where she serves as the publicity chair, and is the president-elect for 2020-2021.