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February 14th, 2013
Press Release: Achieve3000 CEO Saki Dodelson Honored by Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey
Company Founder Receives 2013 Corporate Award for Vision and Entrepreneurial Leadership
LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Feb. 14, 2013 – Saki Dodelson, founder, president and CEO of Achieve3000®, was honored with the 2013 Corporate Award from the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) at its Sixth Annual Passion, Power, and Progress Awards Dinner. Dodelson was recognized for her contributions as a role model, an activist and an agent of social change.
“We are proud to honor Saki Dodelson. Her unique vision, entrepreneurial ingenuity and dedication to excellence are a model and an inspiration to women in New Jersey and around the nation,” said Michel Bitritto, vice president, WPCNJ.
Dodelson has leveraged more than two decades of experience in technology and education to support her mission to use technology to accelerate students’ reading levels. Since 2000, she has transformed Achieve3000 from a start-up to an educational innovator that has dramatically impacted more than 1.5 million students nationwide. As a result, her company is now recognized as a leader in online education.
“I am honored to join this impressive group of women as the recipient of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey’s 2013 Corporate Award,” said Dodelson. “The key to success for any company today, especially in the education industry, is keeping a watchful eye on the political landscape to make sure that students of all genders, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and learning levels have equal opportunities.”
Through her vision, Achieve3000 was a pioneer in the initiative to ensure that all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready, and the company’s programs are fully aligned with the rigorous, new Common Core State Standards. Achieve3000’s award-winning programs, KidBiz3000®, TeenBiz3000® and Empower3000®, have delivered double and even triple the expected reading gains in districts across the country, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.
Prior to starting Achieve3000, Dodelson served as business and finance manager with AT&T. In 1996, she founded a news service for students that grew to a circulation of millions by 1999. In addition to this honor from the WPCNJ, she is a recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young/Microsoft, was named the 2012 Private Company CEO of the Year by the New Jersey Technology Council as well as “Hall of Fame” Entrepreneur and one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business by the New Jersey Business Journal.
About the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ)
The WPCNJ, founded in 1972, is a chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus and is the authoritative voice for women in New Jersey politics. WPCNJ is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women
Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated instruction, serving more than 1.5 million students across the United States. The company’s web-based literacy solutions are proven to increase reading comprehension and fluency, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12, and also for adult learners. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000 solutions deliver engaging, nonfiction content that supports core curriculum, Response to Intervention, special education and other instructional models. KidBiz3000® (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000® (for grades 6-8), Empower3000™ (for grades 9-12) and Spark3000® (for adult learners) are aligned with Common Core State Standards for English language arts as well as individual state standards. Achieve3000 supports 21st century education initiatives across content areas and is raising student performance across the country. The company is based in Lakewood, N.J. Learn more about Achieve3000 online at www.achieve3000.com or call 888-968-6822.