(Jackson, WY) – The Wyoming Council for Women (WCW) announced Sara Flitner of Jackson as the winner of the 2021 Wyoming Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award this week. Flitner operates Flitner Strategies, a Jackson-based firm that operates statewide and provides collaborative problem solving, organizational leadership, and authentic communication services. Flitner also founded Becoming Jackson Whole, which provides mindfulness-based services and resources.
The WCW will host an award reception for Flitner on Thursday, October 7 from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Goldpiece Room at The Wort Hotel in Jackson. The event is free and open to the public and media.
“The Wyoming Council for Women is proud to recognize and celebrate female entrepreneurs across the Cowboy State,” said Jennifer Wilmetti, Chair of the Wyoming Council for Women. “These women create jobs and generate important revenue for our state and local communities while providing services and skills that are desperately needed. Sara Flitner is an effective leader who is helping to incorporate soft skills and mindfulness into Wyoming businesses, nonprofits, and government work and is most deserving of this honor.”
“Few of us go to work expecting to receive an honor like this, so you can imagine how far my jaw fell,” said Flitner. “Surprise aside, I truly believe in the crucial timing of this work: now more than ever, our workplaces must prioritize the human capacities that make businesses, communities and families thrive.”
Flitner continued, “I hope this award is felt by all the women and men who’ve helped me along the way. My mentors taught me the things we are now learning we can expand and improve: resilience, empathy, self-awareness. You made working fun for me. And to those entrepreneurs just starting their careers: find your passion and pay attention to it. Don’t worry if it takes you awhile to figure out what that passion is, and worry even less when it takes others awhile to catch you.”
The ‘Woman Entrepreneur Award’ recognizes woman-owned businesses in Wyoming and is designed to increase the attention to, and recognition of, the contribution female entrepreneurs make to Wyoming’s economy. Over the next several weeks, the WCW will be highlighting some of the other 2021 nominees on their facebook page, www.facebook.com/WyoWomensCouncil.
Flitner Strategies, Inc. (FSI) uses a science-based approach to achieve optimal results in business, nonprofit, and government work. Sara leverages emotional intelligence, focus, and collaboration to align shared interests and build sustainable solutions. She provides seasoned guidance with innovative techniques steeped in neuroscience, conflict resolution, and knowledge of the issues themselves. With decades of experience serving as a policy advisor, convener, communication expert, and organizational strategist, Sara has fostered success for clients across numerous sectors including conservation, economic development, nonprofit service, leadership innovation, and government.
A trained and certified mediator, Sara has more than 20 years of experience in collaborative problem solving, organizational leadership, and authentic communication. She founded Flitner Strategies, Inc. to share the science-backed tools of mindfulness and emotional intelligence as a means to cultivate and engage business, civic, and nonprofit leaders. She also founded Becoming Jackson Whole, a Teton County nonprofit tapping into the transformative power of mindfulness to reduce stress, increase resilience, and facilitate more compassionate dialogue in an effort to create positive change on a community-wide scale in Jackson Hole. Most recently, she launched the Wyoming Fair and Just initiative.