Self to be honored with Women in Business Award
Release Date: March 28, 2008
Note: This is the third in a series of three stories about women to be honored at the Women in Business Awards banquet hosted by the Wayland SIFE group on April 8.
PLAINVIEW – Mary Anna Self, executive director of the Plainview Area United Way, will be one of three recipients of the Women in Business Awards presented by the Wayland Baptist University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team. The awards will be presented in a banquet scheduled for April 8 in the McClung University Center.
A native of Lubbock county, Self graduated from Abernathy High School and attended Texas Tech University. In Plainview, she has worked for Marse & Son Department Store, the Plainview Independent School District, and her husband’s law firm. She earned her realtor’s license in 1997 and worked for Billington Real Estate for six years as a real estate agent and office manager. She received the Realtor of the Year Award in 1998.
Self took her current position in 2002, a job she calls both challenging and demanding as well as enjoyable.
“I am truly amazed by the generosity of Plainview people and of the work that the United Way agencies do every day. The volunteers I work with, the board and executive committee, the agency directors and staffs, all make my job one that I look forward to every day,” she said. “It is a privilege and a pleasure to be able to work with an organization that helps so many people of this community and beyond. I cannot think of anything else that I would rather do.”
Active in her community, Self has served on the board of the American Heart Association, the Crisis Center of the Plains (formerly Hale County Crisis Center), Faith in Sharing House and the Plainview Area Republican Women’s Association. She is currently on the board of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Plainview, serving as curriculum co-chair for three years. Since 1998, she has been a member of Soroptimist International of Plainview, serving twice as president and in many other leadership positions.
Self and husband Ed, 242nd District Court Judge, have two sons: Mitchell of Plainview and Mark of Austin. She attends First Presbyterian Church and has served as an elder and on several committees.
Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. Women in Business banquet are $20 and are available by calling the Division of Business at 291-1020 or 291-1029 by April 1. Other 2008 honorees include Carolyn Baker and Nancy Kernell.