Brenda Nunnally named Working Mother of the Year for AZ


Meredith Hemler

For the 13th consecutive year, AstraZeneca has been listed among the top 100 Best Companies by Working Mother Magazine. Out of the 100 total companies listed, AZ scored the number 11 spot, steadily rising in rank from number 12 last year.

This annual listing recognizes 100 companies for their outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate cultures that support working moms, including through child care services, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement opportunities for women.

As part of this program, the magazine asks each of the 100 winning companies to nominate a mom employee who deserves special recognition. AZ received over 40 nominations for working mothers across the company to represent our organization.

Brenda Nunnally, a Regional Account Director for Iowa and Wisconsin in Market Access and Patient Services (MAPS) and former District Sales Manager (DSM) on the CNS Specialty Sales Team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was selected by an internal committee as AstraZeneca’s Working Mother of the Year. Brenda, a mother of Davis (13-years-old) and Caroline (10-years-old) was nominated by her former manager, Steven Levandowski.

In her nomination, Steven called out Brenda’s leadership activities and her natural tendency to empower fellow employees and leaders and develop and maximize people. As for her skill set as a mother, Steven writes “Brenda is a beautiful example of continuously seeking balance. Whether she’s getting up extra early to make cinnamon rolls for her son’s school party before she flies out for a meeting, or the extreme pride she has when she tells me about her daughter’s swim meet, she really embodies the ideals of balancing family and career.”

“With her passion for developing others rivaled only by her passion for family, we are truly honored to have Brenda as part of the MAPS organization,” said Diane Sullivan, Vice President, MAPS.

Brenda Nunnally and her husband Dave, son Davis and daughter Caroline

Brenda Nunnally with her escort on the red carpet.

Brenda attended the annual Working Mother Magazine Gala in New York on October 15 with her husband Dave and several AstraZeneca colleagues. Although only one AstraZeneca woman can be selected to be recognized, AstraZeneca congratulates all of the nominees and the mothers who do a tremendous job every day on finding balance through focusing on their careers, volunteering in their communities and being the best moms possible.