Congratulations to all our wonderful Women of Influence. In the following pages, you’ll find a story on each of these inspirational women and, on our website, their advice via video to young business women. I know that many of you will be at our sold-out Aug. 9 Woman of Influence event to honor the class in person and hear from the honorees themselves about how they became such influential women. So congratulations again to the 2012 honorees, and I look forward to meeting each of you at the event.

– Chris Conetzkey, Editor of the Business Record


Meet the 2012 Class:



Women Business Owner of the Year:

Teresa Van Vleet-Danos 
President and Owner, Rowat Cut Stone & Marble Co.
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Women of Influence Winners:


Carmela Brown
Legislative Advocate/Lobbyist
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Terry Hernandez
Executive Director, Chrysalis
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Laura Hollingsworth
President and Publisher, The Des Moines Register
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Rosemary Parson 
Vice President of Operations, EquiTrust Insurance Services
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Janet E. Phipps Burkhead
Attorney, Dickinson Law Firm
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Nichola K. Schissel
Retired, Former Vice President at Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
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Christie Vilsack
Democratic Congressional Candidate, Iowa
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*Full profiles of all the honorees will be published in the Aug. 3 edition of the Business Record.


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About Women of Influence

The 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. They’ve blazed a trail either personally or professionally for other women to follow. They’re continually seeking ways to improve the Central Iowa, never satisfied with mere one-time contributions. They’re role models with impeccable ethics.

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.