The 18th annual Women of Influence event will recognize Central Iowa women for their contributions in the public or private sector. Winners are chosen based on the impact they have made in their chosen field or for their contributions through civic and philanthropic organizations. This event will also award the 2017 Woman Business Owner of the Year and Emerging Woman of Influence.

Networking, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar

4:00 PM
5:15 – 7:00 PM


When being considered for recognition candidates will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Success in their chosen field
  • Lasting impact on the community
  • Involvement with civic and/or non-profit organizations
  • Role model for other women through not only their achievements but also their high ethical standards.

Nominate Women of Influence 
(Nominations are now closed)

Nominate Woman Business Owner of the Year 
(Nominations are now closed) 

Our 2016 honorees: 

Debi Durham
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Read about Debi

Nora Everett
President of Retirement and Income Solutions
Principal Financial Group Inc.

Read about Nora

Monica Friedman
Vice President of Human Resources

Read about Monica

Diane Glass
Author & Founder
Pine Spirit LLC

Read about Diane

Barb Kniff-McCulla
Owner & CEO
KLK Construction Inc.

Read about Barb

Cathy Lacy
Philanthropist and Community Volunteer

Read about Cathy

Dawn Martinez Oropeza
Executive Director
Al Exito

Read about Dawn

Ruth Randleman
City of Carlisle

Read about Ruth

2016 CAPTRUST Woman Business Owner of the Year: 

Eileen Wixted
Owner & Principal
Wixted & Company

Read about Eileen
2016 Meredith Emerging Woman of Influence:

Emily Abbas
Chief Marketing Officer & Chief of Staff
Bankers Trust Co. 

Read about Emily


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