The Tampa Bay Business Journal has named ReEmployAbility CEO Debra Livingston as an honoree for the BusinessWoman of the Year awards.

BusinessWoman of the Year honors Tampa Bay’s most influential and dynamic businesswomen in the Tampa Bay area. These women are from a variety of industries and professions who have made a difference in their communities and blazed a trail for others to follow.

“I’m very fortunate to have a leadership team that has supported me over the years and shared my passion to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Livingston. “I am overwhelmed to join the group of amazing women that have been honored this year, but I share this award with the incredible group of women that have encouraged me and pushed me every day to realize my goals.”

Livingston joins 26 fellow businesswomen honorees for the 16th BusinessWoman of the Year Awards. A panel of judges selected this year’s slate of honorees from hundreds of nominations. Criteria included business success, community involvement, leadership ability and influence on the region. More than 300 were nominated and over 120 applications were successfully submitted. Honorees were recognized at the awards gala on Sept. 13 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street.

Livingston has previously been honored as a Business Insurance Magazine Woman to Watch recipient in 2017. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Spring of Tampa Bay, Center State Bank, and on the Nativity Catholic Church Pastoral Council.

Livingston has over 20 years of workers’ compensation experience prior to founding her business in 2003 based on a shared passion for helping injured workers return to work and a vision to transform the way the industry approaches return to work programs.

15 years later, ReEmployAbility has grown to be the largest national provider of early return-to-work services and transitional employment, serving employers, insurance carriers, and third-party claims administrators nationwide. The Transition2Work® program offers employers a cost-effective solution to modified light duty assignments, reducing claim costs while giving the injured employee time to heal. The program places injured workers in not-for-profit agencies for transitional duty to help transition them back to work. By bringing together business and community, Livingston’s business has positively affected the lives of more than 40,000 injured workers, providing meaningful and safe transitional duty and exposure to new experiences while they heal from an injury or disability.