For over 20 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. Awards will be presented at a reception on Thursday, August 6.

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 have devoted their lives to doing things most wouldn’t. They have spent countless hours on various boards and they are role models with impeccable ethics. They have blazed a trail either personally or professionally for other women to follow.

Have questions? Contact Jason Swanson at or call 515-288-3338 ext. 209.

We are accepting nominations for the following honors:

- Women of Influence
- Iowa State University Ivy College of Business Woman Business Owner of the Year
- Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Emerging Woman of Influence

Submit a nomination online here

You may also mail in submissions: 
Des Moines Business Record
c/o Jason Swanson
100 4th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309


JUDGING CRITERIA: Women of Influence

  • Success in their chosen field
  • Lasting impact on the community
  • Involvement with civic and nonprofit organizations
  • Role model for other women through their achievements and ethical standards

JUDGING CRITERIA: Woman Business Owner of the Year

  • 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

JUDGING CRITERIA: Emerging Woman of Influence

  • 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

Past honorees:

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