The Mach 1 Group Wins Two Silver Stevie® Awards in 2021
Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Women Around the World to Be Recognized During Virtual Event

[Austin, Texas] – September 23, 2021 – The Mach 1 Group (M1G) has been named the winner of two Silver Stevie® Awards at the 18 th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. M1G received top honors for Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Public Affairs and CEO Katherine McLane won for Female Entrepreneur of the year.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run– worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. Winners will be celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Registration for the ceremony is now on sale.

More than 1,500 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. M1G won in the category for Communications or PR Campaign of the Year – Public Affairs and CEO Katherine McLane won in the category for Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Consumer Products –10 or Less Employees.

For its Communications and PR Campaign of the Year – Public Affairs, the M1G was tasked with designing and managing a strategic public affairs campaign for Texas’ leading medical marijuana and cannabis dispensary, Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation, before and during the 87th Texas Legislative Session with the goal to pass legislation that expands the Compassionate Use Program. M1G established a campaign schedule to identify immediate and long-term goals, push progress and ensure accountability.

The 87th Legislative Session was one of the most unique and challenging Sessions in Texas history. In total, with McLane’s leadership, Mach 1 assisted clients in dozens of public testimonies in front of House and Senate Committees, gained more than 200 Session-related media hits for clients and generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in publicity value.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in all categories are available at

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 160 business professionals around the world, working on eight juries.

Maggie Gallagher Miller, president of the Stevie Awards, said, “We thought the remarkable stories of achievement we saw in last year’s awards couldn’t be topped, but we were wrong. Women-owned and -run organizations have contributed significantly to the increase in innovation and entrepreneurial activity we’ve seen globally since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The nominations submitted to the 18 th Stevie Awards for Women in Business that attest to this are inspiring, humbling and motivating. We congratulate all of our Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners. We look forward to celebrating them during our January 13 virtual ceremony and to hearing from some of them during our Women|Future Conference.”

About the Mach 1 Group

Mach 1 is a nationally-recognized, award-winning Austin-based firm serving organizations and individuals whose interests are in the public realm. A certified Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), being 100 percent female-founded and owned, the firm’s team is comprised of communications experts with decades of experience successfully navigating media attention, crisis response, reputation management, branding, legislative and regulatory initiatives and campaigns.

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. 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

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