The HER Women of Achievement Awards luncheon was held on June 7 at the Hotel Kirkwood. It was an inspirational afternoon, with more than 300 women and men in attendance to recognize 15 honorees who have had significant impact on their community. The Gazette was proud to bring this event to the corridor and to recognize these impressive women.
Kelly Rwayitare, the keynote speaker for the event, started the afternoon off with an uplifting discussion about the need to change “How?” into “Wow!” when presented with new, sometimes difficult ideas. She emphasized the need for all to find a community of support to help nurture ideas and dreams when they are in this fragile state. Drawing a comparison to a herd of female elephants who shield a mother elephant who is giving birth, Kelly Rwayitare suggested that we should also shield our “sisters” when they are giving birth to new dreams of entrepreneurship, invention and creativity. Name recounted how the herd of elephants trumpet to celebrate their sister’s new baby and described the HER Awards as our way of trumpeting the success of the honorees.
Photos from the event can be found and shared at The Gazette Special Events Facebook page. You can find brief profiles of the honorees in HER Magazine and look for extended profiles in the pages of The Gazette in the coming months.
The 2018 honorees are:
Vitality Fitness & Dance
Leigh Ann Erickson
Mount Vernon Community Schools
The Early Bird Coffee Shop
Prairie Capital Advisors
Iowa House of Representatives
Ann C. Oleson
Dawn Oliver Wiand
Iowa Women’s Foundation
Elizabeth Anne Proffitt Riechers
Linn County Community Services
University of Iowa College of Nursing
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter
Van Meter Inc
Ying Ying Chen
Retired, College Community School District
In addition to our HER Women of Achievement Honorees, we are pleased to draw your attention to two Young HER Women of Achievement who are definitely ones to watch. These high school women are already focused on enriching their community and we could not be more proud of them and the positive impact they are having.
City High School
Please check back to this page in the fall for information on when the nominations for the 2019 HER Women of Achievement Awards will be accepted.
Farmers State Bank
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