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2022 Women of Influence

The Business Record’s Women of Influence awards celebrate the work of Central Iowa women who have made a difference. They’ve devoted their lives to doing things most wouldn’t and to making an impact. They’ve spent …


2022 Women of Influence Honoree: Jessica Rowe

Jessica Rowe thanks her mother and grandmother for instilling in her the sense of independence and adventure she believes has been instrumental in her love of travel and art.
“It was incredibly empowering, that sense …


2022 Women of Influence Honoree: Rita Perea


Rita Perea believes her purpose in the world is to help other people, and that has manifested in three passions that have become threads woven throughout her career and life: education, business and finance.

Perea …


2022 Women of Influence Honoree: Trudy Holman Hurd

When you’re working on a community project with Trudy Holman Hurd, expect questions — challenging questions, say people who know her well. 
“She listens for process, partners and outcome,” wrote Pat Boddy in her nomination …


2022 Women of Influence Honoree: Dr. Hayley Harvey

Hayley Harvey was 7 years old when her mom came home one day in a taxi, climbed the stairs up to the family’s Detroit apartment and, without saying a word, went to her bedroom to …


2022 Women of Influence Honoree: Anne Bacon

If you were to sit down for a job interview at IMPACT Community Action Partnership with Anne Bacon, the first question she would ask you is, “Why are people poor?”

She’s not looking for a …


2022 Women of Influence Honoree: Dr. Aneesa Afroze

If you had to pick two words to describe Dr. Aneesa Afroze’s purpose in life, they might be education and opportunity. 


Her love for learning started from day one. Afroze was born in Hyderabad, …


Iowa State University Ivy College of Business Woman Business Owner of the Year: Blanca Plascencia



When Blanca Plascencia feels the need to speak up, she does it without a second thought.

She attended one of Cindy Axne’s campaign events during her last reelection run with the mission of …


Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Emerging Woman of Influence: Jenna Kimberley

Jenna Kimberley spent three months on the eastern border of Hungary after graduating from the University of Iowa.

While there, she worked as a teacher in a United Nations refugee camp in Debrecen, Hungary.

“I …


2022 Women of Influence Honoree: Julie Stewart

Julie Stewart wants to give back to the community where she grew up.

Stewart grew up in Altoona and graduated from Southeast Polk High School. It’s that lifelong connection to her hometown and the region, …

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