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. 


The 22nd annual Women of Influence event will recognize Central Iowa women for their contributions in the public or private sector. Winners are chosen based on the impact they have made in their chosen field or for their contributions through civic and philanthropic organizations. This event will also award the Woman Business Owner of the Year and Emerging Woman of Influence.


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.


Nominations will open in early Spring. 

 

Women of Influence – NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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

Emerging Woman of Influence Award - Nominations are now closed

In an effort to recognize the next generation of women who have been and will continue to make an impact on our community, the Business Record is proud to be presenting the Emerging Woman of Influence Award. 

 

This award is designed to recognize an up-and-coming female leader who has not only already achieved career success and recognition within her peer group for her community involvement and 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

  

Woman Business Owner of the Year Award - Nominations are now closed

In an effort to recognize the female business owners who have been and will continue to make an impact on our community, the Business Record is proud to be presenting the Woman Business Owner of the Year Award.

 

The ideal candidate will be a woman who:

  • 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

 


 

2020 Virtual Celebration:

The Business Record's 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 and they've blazed a trail either personally or professionally for other women to follow. Rewatch the 2020 celebration that was held on Aug. 6 here: Watch on Demand

 



The coronavirus pandemic has required resilience and fortitude from our leaders, many of whom are women. The 2020 Women of Influence honorees are no exception. Their stories of work both past and present are inspiring, especially in a time when we need role models who offer humility and thoughtfulness.

This year’s honorees dedicate time, resources and effort to businesses and community organizations. They lead in top jobs at companies large and not-so-large. They plan headlining events and strategies that will transform Greater Des Moines and families. They have earned multiple degrees. They come from different backgrounds. They have overcome challenges and embraced opportunities.

They are not simply influential because of what they do or have done but also because of who they are.

This is the 21st year the Business Record has honored inspiring and influential women. They’ve amassed a tremendous amount of experience and wisdom and showcased integrity, grace and intelligence.

OUR 2020 HONOREES: 


      

      

       

       

       

 

Past honorees:

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