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 19th 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 2018 honorees: 

Kim Bakey
CEO, HomeServices of Iowa Cos.

Read about Kim

Linda Carter-Lewis
Civil rights activist/community volunteer

Read about Linda

Carole Chambers
President and CEO, West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce

Read about Carole

Mary Coffin
Executive vice president, customer excellence, Wells Fargo & Co.

Read about Mary

Lana Jones-Gould
Community volunteer, business consultant for K. Renee, former executive vice president with Seifert’s

Read about Lana

Teri Wahlig
CEO, ChildServe

Read about Teri

Wendy Wintersteen

President, Iowa State University 

Read about Wendy

2018 UNI College of Business Administration Woman Business Owner of the Year: 

Deniz Franke

Owner, wealth manager at Franke Miller Group


Read about Deniz
2018 Meredith Emerging Woman of Influence:

Mandi McReynolds
Director, community relations and the Principal Foundation

Read about Mandi