ASBPE Young Leaders Scholarship Winners Announced

For the last 10 years, ASBPE has helped young editors to advance in their B2B careers through the Young Leader Scholarship competition. This year, the association is honoring four up-and-coming editors under the age of 30 with this prestigious award. The winners will receive a one-year membership to ASBPE, free registration to the Boot Camp of their choice and one night of hotel.

“We were impressed with all of the winners this year,” said Amy Fischbach, national president and Young Leader Scholarship committee chair. “They have the enthusiasm and energy to become effective leaders both now and in the future.”

Here are the 2012 Young Leader Scholarship winners.

  • Austin Kilgore is the managing editor of Mortgage Technology magazine and a regular contributor to National Mortgage News, American Banker and other SourceMedia publications. He’s served as an editor, reporter and photographer at numerous newspapers, magazines and online publications covering technology, financial services, real estate and public affairs. Kilgore is a native of Texas and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
  • Jenny Laurello serves as senior community manager for the Health IT Exchange, SearchHealthIT’s premier community and online publication, working with some of today’s most influential health leaders to educate members while delving into the robust world of health care social media. Jenny also writes and produces new media content for the Health IT Exchange, covering a wide-range of topics such as electronic health record’s implementation and funding, through mobile health adoption and data privacy and security compliance.
  • Tessa Parmenter is the site editor of Working on and in prior years at TechTarget since 2006 has given her the technical background to bring pertinent content concerning wide area networks (WANs) to the site. She assigns and edits technical content, works with the news team, interacts with industry experts, and covers most production duties on the site. In addition, Tessa develops and edits newsletters, blogs on Window on WANs, trains new employees at TechTarget and has worked as an SEO representative for her media group.
  • Lena Valenty began her writing and editing career after graduating from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She has since worked as a freelance writer for consumer publications such as Minnesota Bride and is currently the managing editor of EXHIBITOR magazine, where she oversees the publication’s day-to-day operations.



Enter the 2012 ASBPE Young Leaders Scholarship Competition Today

In 2012, ASBPE will be sponsoring four Boot Camps in select cities nationwide including Chicago, Kansas City, Boston, and New York. These half-day workshops will educate B2B professionals on the world of social media and digital content. To make it possible for younger editors to attend one of these events, ASBPE will again be organizing the Young Leader Scholarship competition.

For the last 10 years, ASBPE has sponsored this scholarship to foster interest in ASBPE by younger B2B professionals who are advancing in their careers. These scholarships are open to all business editors, including print and Web. The scholarships will pay the registration fees and one night of hotel for the winners. Transportation to and from the event, any non-conference meals, and other incurred costs are the responsibility of the winners or their publishing companies. Winners of the award will also receive a free one-year membership to ASBPE.

For more information on how to enter the contest, please visit the secure Google Document we have created. Entries are due on March 14, 2012, so enter your application today. For any questions relating to the competition, please e-mail Amy Fischbach at