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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.

Join us in congratulating this inspiring group of women, and join us at our annual event on Aug. 9 – registration details are below. 

Full profiles on each of the honorees will be published in the July 27 edition of the Business Record.

Our 2018 honorees:
Kim Bakey - HomeServices of Iowa
Linda Carter-Lewis - Civil Rights Activist/Community Volunteer 
Carole Chambers - West Des Moines Chamber
Mary Coffin - Wells Fargo
Lana Jones Gould Community Volunteer
Teri Wahlig - ChildServe
Wendy Wintersteen - Iowa State University

2018 UNI Woman Business Owner of the Year:
Deniz Franke - Franke Miller Group

2018 Meredith Emerging Woman of Influence:
Mandi McReynolds - Principal Financial Group

Women of Influence event information:
Date: Aug. 9
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Register: Click here


Women of Influence 2018 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

Meredith Emerging Woman of Influence Award

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 2018 Meredith 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

UNI College of Business Woman Business Owner of the Year Award

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 2018 UNI College of Business 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
  • Role model for other women through not only their achievements but also ?their high ethical standard

Past Honorees

20172016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

All Honorees