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. 8 – registration details will be available at a later date. 

Full profiles on each of the honorees will be published in the July 26 edition of the Business Record.

Our 2019 honorees:
Liz Garst, Garst family businesses
Loree Miles, retired
Pat Miller, Iowa State University (retired)
Karen Novak Swalwell, Francis and Associates
Connie Ryan, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Rebecca Shaw, Des Moines University
Georgia Van Gundy, Iowa Business Council
Therese Wielage, Merchants Bonding Co.

2019 UNI Woman Business Owner of the Year:
Li Zhao Mandelbaum, China Iowa Group

2019 Meredith Emerging Woman of Influence:
Deidre DeJear, Caleo Enterprises/The Directors Council

Past honorees:
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | All Honorees

Women of Influence event information:
Date: Aug. 8
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: Des Moines Marriott Downtown


  • Role model for other women through not only their achievements but also ?their high ethical standard

Past Honorees

201820172016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

All Honorees