New York, NY, May 2, 2016: 4 Real Women International, Inc., a 501 [c] 3 non-profit organization dedicated to female empowerment, proudly announces its 2016 ‘Open Heart Award’ winner, Beth Kallman Werner. Mrs. Werner will be accepting the Open Heart Award at the 4RWI fourth annual Voices of Women Conference [VowCon ‘16] on Sunday, May 16, 2016, at the Roulette Performance and Events Space in downtown Brooklyn, New York.

Beth Werner has been a professional editor since the age of 20, when she launched PAPER MAKEOVER to assist ESL students at CUNY Brooklyn College. Beth has worked for the NYC Bar Association as well as with major publishing houses and countless indie authors on book reviews and title promotion campaigns. Beth also produced the highly successful Book Video Awards with Random House Children’s Books.

In 2010 Beth launched her own company, Author Connections, LLC., (AC), a company designed to educate, encourage, and empower authors, providing editing and marketing services to an exclusive roster of clients. She is an Advisor to the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA), and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Authors (AiA).

In January 2015 the members of the Organizing Committee for VoWCon voted to establish the Open Heart Award. This award honors individuals whose year to date financial contributions to the organization exceed $500. The Open Heart Award will be granted each year to the donor with the highest financial contributions.