For the past 16 years the Business Record has recognized women who have made outstanding contributions to the community in a variety of areas with the Women of Influence awards. Nomination criteria is outlined below. Deadline for nominations is May 27th. Awards will be presented at a reception on August 4th.

Women of Influence 2016 Nominations

To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter specifically addressing accomplishments that meet the judging criteria. Letters of recommendation, while not required, are also encouraged.

The Women of Influence awards celebrate the work of women who have made a difference. They’ve devoted their lives to doing things most wouldn’t. They’ve spent countless hours on various boards. They’re role models with impeccable ethics. They’ve blazed a trail either personally or professionally for other women to follow.

When considered for recognition, candidates will be judged on the following criteria:

•  Success in their chosen field
•  Lasting impact on the community
•  Involvement with civic and/or nonprofit organizations
•  Role model for other women through not only their achievements but also their high ethical standards

Nominations due by noon on May 27, 2016



Woman Business Owner of the Year nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

•  Significant achievement and success through their company
•  Personal and professional reputation showing high ethical standards
•  Investment in time mentoring others
•  Strong business community network connections
•  Education and professional experience
•  History of the company and impact individual has had on the organization

Nominations due by noon on May 27, 2016



Meredith Emerging Business Woman of the Year

This award recognizes an up and coming female leader who has not only already achieved career success and recognition within her peer group for her community involvement, but is poised to take on an even larger community-wide role in the years to come.

The ideal candidate will be a woman who:

•  Is successful in her chosen field
•  Has made significant contributions to the community civic, through nonprofit, and philanthropic involvement
•  Has a personal and professional reputation showing high integrity and ethical standards
•  Continues to advance in her chosen field and/or is moving into further leadership positions in the community

Nominations due by noon on May 27, 2016



Our 2015 honorees:

Dr. Susan Beck
Medical director
Katzmann Breast Center at Mercy

Read about Susan

Pat Boddy
Sustainability director
RDG Planning & Design

Read about Pat

Elisabeth Buck
Chief community impact officer
United Way of Central Iowa

Read about Elisabeth

Ann Campbell
City of Ames

Read about Ann

Mashal Husain
Vice president
World Food Prize Foundation

Read about Mashal

Kathryn Kunert
Vice president business and community development
MidAmerican Energy Co.

Read about Kathryn

Kim Reynolds
Lieutenant governor
State of Iowa

Read about Kim


2015 CAPTRUST Woman Business Owner of the Year:

Katie Roth
Portico Staffing

Read about Katie


2015 Meredith Emerging Woman of Influence:

Sara Kurovski
City of Pleasant Hill

Manager of sustainability
Kum & Go

Read about Sara



Past Honorees:  20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | All Honorees