Special Libraries Association (SLA) honored Michelle Dollinger, Julie Fleischhacker, Abby Thorne, Margaret Ostrander, and Norah Xiao as the 2009 recipients of the SLA Rising Star Award at the SLA 2009 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO in Washington, D.C. This is the first time that SLA has awarded this honor. It is an annual award that recognizes new members who show exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the association and profession and is bestowed only on members who have one to five years of experience as information professionals.
To view a video detailing the accomplishments of these five members and their important work for the association, visit SLA-TV. This award will be sponsored by the publishing and printing company J.J. Keller in 2010.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.