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The Malvern School® President & Co-Founder Kristen M. Waterfield Named Finalist in 15th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

Stevie Award Winners to Be Announced in New York on November 16

Glen Mills, PA – The Malvern School, a leader in early childhood education and the largest privately owned preschool in the Philadelphia region, is excited to announce its President and Co-Founder Kristen M. Waterfield has been named a Finalist in the 15th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced during a gala event at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York on Friday, November 16.  Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S.A and several other countries are expected to attend. The event will be broadcast on Livestream.

More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women and Women Run Workplace of the Year.  Waterfield is a Finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category.

For more than 25 years, Waterfield has been an influential force in early childhood education, blazing a trail as an entrepreneur and building a purpose-driven business – always putting the children first.

Identifying the opportunity to help children realize their full potential at each stage of their development – beginning at critical periods of cognitive, physical and social-emotional growth – she is credited with introducing diverse and innovative programming that raised the bar in early childhood education.

“On behalf of the entire Malvern School family, we congratulate Kristen on this hard-earned and very well-deserved nomination,” says Debbie Martin, Director of Operations at The Malvern School. “Throughout her career, she has leveraged her success as an entrepreneur to empower others, make a positive impact on local communities and give back to those in need – serving as a fantastic role model for other leaders, the talented women and men on our team and the young children we love and teach every day.” 

Finalists were determined by the average scores of more than 200 business professionals around the world, working on five juries.  Their scores will also determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award placements that will be revealed at the 15th annual awards dinner and presentations in New York.

“In its fifteenth year, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business received a record number of nominations. With the new Women|Future Conference preceding the announcement of winners on November 16, it will be a day to celebrate the achievements of working women around the world,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.  “We’re looking forward to recognizing the Stevie Award winners next month.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at


About The Malvern School
The Malvern School, founded in 1998, is a year-round private preschool for ages six weeks to eight years. The Malvern School believes in developing the whole child in a nurturing, yet engaging environment and offers an innovative curriculum that has raised the bar in early childhood education. Today, The Malvern School has 26 locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Central and Southern New Jersey and is dedicated to providing curriculum that is designed to meet or exceed the highest standards established by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s largest early childhood accrediting organization.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at


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