Music Alum Wins 2023 Stevie Awards for Women In Business

UK School of Music Alum Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. of Room 17 Productions, Inc wins two Stevie® Awards in a ceremony held in New York City on November 10, 2023.
New York, NY – November 11, 2023 – Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. of Room 17 Productions, Inc. has been named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Executive of the Year and Female Thought Leader of the Year categories in the 20th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

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

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners last night during a gala event attended by nominees and their guests at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  The event was broadcast via Livestream.
Renee Cobb receiving her award onstage in a blue suit.
Renee Collins Cobb

More than 1,600 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 100 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.  Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. Room 17 Productions, Inc won in the Female Executive and Female Thought Leader categories for Non-Profit Organizations with 10 or fewer employees.

“Room 17 Productions, Inc, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes music education and the stories of Kentucky and the Appalachian Region through storytelling, oral histories at the UK Nunn Center, documentary film-making, live performance and preservation of aging recordings to digital format," says Warren Cobb, Executive Director of Room 17 Productions, Inc. "Winning a Stevie Award helps us promote these amazing stories past the Appalachian Region and broaden awareness to a more global audience. We are truly thankful to The Stevie Women in Business Awards for the recognition that paves the way for women in business to accomplish the goals of their non-profit organizations. We congratulate all the winners of The Stevie Women in Business Awards and are truly happy that as a result of their recognition, they will be able to experience the ability to accomplish great things for their organizations as well."

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 business professionals around the world, working on six juries. 
Maggie Miller, president of the Stevie Awards, said, “In its 20th year, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business received an outstanding body of nominations from women in organizations of all types, in 26 nations. We are gratified by how meaningful it is to women to win a Stevie Award, and how impactful it can be on the futures of their careers and their organizations.  We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of winners in all categories are available at
Entries for the 2024 Stevie Awards for Women in Business will open in May. 

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa 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. A ninth program, the Stevie Awards for Technology Excellence, will debut in 2024.  Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 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
Created 11/14/2023
Last Updated 11/14/2023