Women Making a Difference Award 2015

Women Making a Difference Award given to Mary Allen Lindemann for Public Service


From the left: Muriel Mosher (President of Maine MEP), Mary Allen Lindemann (Coffee By Design), Eloise Vitelli (WWC Director of Program and Policy).


AUGUSTA, Maine Mary Allen Lindemann of Coffee By Design, a Portland based company, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Merle Nelson Women Making a Difference Award by the Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community (WWC).  The award was presented at a reception held for legislators and donors Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the Senator Inn in Augusta.

For four years running, Lindemann and her team at Coffee By Design have crafted a special blend, My Mom’s Coffee, in honor of mothers everywhere, partnering with WWC to promote sales during the month of May. As part of CBD’s community coffee program, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the special blend were donated to WWC.  “It has been great fun to work with Mary Allen on this project and it is our honor to be able to return the favor and recognize her generosity and community mindedness. She is a great role model for all of us, especially our entrepreneurs,” said Gilda Nardone, Executive Director of WWC.

Giving back to their community is as the heart of this 20 year old company’s mission. In addition to donations to artists, arts groups, and other non-profits, Mary Allen Lindemann is a passionate spokesperson for Maine’s entrepreneurial spirit and willingly shares her experiences as a business owner.

The Merle Nelson Making a Difference award is made biennially and recognizes an individual who has had a positive impact on the lives of Maine women and their families. It is the core mission of the WWC, and one that they fulfill every day through their programs and classes. The award was presented by  Muriel Mosher, Maine Manufactuirng Extension Partnership and a member of WWC’s Advisory Council. THE MMEP advised CBD in designing the lay out and work flow in their roaster and headquarters in Portland.

The reception is a biennial event designed to provide business and community leaders, including elected officials, with an opportunity to learn about the challenges that individuals face in creating economic well-being for themselves and their families, as well as the opportunity and training that WWC provides throughout the state.

Click here to view photos from the reception.