The Business Record's Women of Influence awards celebrate the work of Central Iowa women who have made a difference. They've devoted their lives to doing things most wouldn't and to making an impact. They've spent countless hours on various initiatives, working on major issues, and blazing a trail either personally or professionally for other women to follow.

Our 2022 honorees: 






  • Dr. Aneesa Afroze, infectious disease consulting physician, president of medical staff and director for antimicrobial stewardship, MercyOne
  • Anne Bacon, CEO, IMPACT Community Action Partnership
  • Jessica Dunker, president and CEO, Iowa Restaurant Association/Iowa Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Dr. Hayley Harvey, dental clinic section chief and director of dental education, Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Trudy Holman Hurd, community champion
  • Rita Perea, president and CEO, Rita Perea Leadership Consulting       
  • M. Jessica Rowe, president and owner, Rowe Consulting Inc.
  • Julie Stewart, vice president of community relations, Prairie Meadows

Iowa State Ivy College of Business Woman Business Owner of the Year:

Blanca Plascencia, co-owner, El Fogón

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Emerging Woman of Influence:

Jenna Kimberley, vice president, Kimberley Development Corp. 

Watch the 2022 Women of Influence announcement


Past honorees:

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