As the Des Moines Business Record rolls into the second decade of our annual "Women of Influence" celebration, we congratulate the 10 outstanding honorees for 2010. From athletics to government to business and charity, they represent a wide swath of Central Iowa life.

They are: Barbara Gartner, community philanthropist; Carol Griglione of Principal Life Insurance Co.; Sandy Hatfield Clubb, athletic director at Drake University; Geri Huser, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives; Kristi Knous of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines; Sharon Malheiro, an attorney at the Davis Brown law firm; Mary Nelson, vice president of Kemin Industries; Mary Ann Nielsen of AIB College of Business; Ying Sa of Community CPA and Associates; and, chosen as the Woman Business Owner of the Year, Denise Essman of Essman/Companies.

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring these women on Aug. 10 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Ave. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and networking, followed by the presentation of awards at 5. Individual admission is $25; a table seating 10 costs $200.

To register, go to and click on "BR Events."

The event is sponsored by Mercy Cancer Center and Katzmann Breast Center, and the Tippie Executive M.B.A. Program of the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie School of Management.

• Denise Essman, Woman Business Owner of the Year
• Barbara Gartner
• Carol Griglione
• Sandy Hatfield Clubb
• Geri Huser
• Kristi Knous
• Sharon Malheiro
• Mary Nelson
• Mary Ann Nielsen
• Ying Sa