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.

Full profiles on each of the honorees will be published in the July 22 edition of the Business Record, and we’ll be honoring the women in person at an event on Aug. 4. While general admission sales don’t open until July, you can see details on the event and corporate table opportunities below. 

Watch the 2022 Women of Influence announcement

Join us in congratulating this inspiring group of women! 

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. 


Join us to celebrate these honorees!

Event details 
Date: Aug. 4, 2022
Location: Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Time: 4-7 p.m.

General admission tickets go on sale in July. With the purchase of a corporate table, you and your business will be able to fully engage in recognizing the honorees and support this group’s accomplishments live in the room. Your company will also have an ad presence in the Business Record edition that features the honorees.

If you are interested in purchasing a corporate table for the event, please fill out the form and you will be contacted by a representative on our team.

Secure your sponsorship by July 1. There are a limited number of tables that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact your sales representative or Stacey Thompson at if you have additional questions.


Past honorees:

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