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2021 Women of Influence Honoree: Virginia Croskery Lauridsen

When one looks around Central Iowa and sees the name Lauridsen on so many amenities, from the amphitheater at Water Works Park, the savannah at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and the new skatepark …

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2021 Women of Influence Honoree: Joanie Houston

When Joanie Houston was invited to be a board of trustees member for ChildServe four years ago, she said, “I can’t do this. What can I give to make an impact at ChildServe?” Houston recalled.…

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2021 Women of Influence Honoree: Rosalind Fox

Rosalind Fox isn’t a fan of public speaking.

But while she routinely gets anxious before speaking to groups, Fox accepts as many speaking engagements as her packed schedule will allow.

“I’m only here by the …

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2021 Women of Influence Honoree: Marta Codina

You started out as a teller when you were 16. What is it about banking that appealed to you to make it your career? 
I found that banking wasn’t necessarily financial management — it was …

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2021 Women of Influence Honoree: Emily Abbas

When Emily Abbas was in fifth grade, each of her classmates received an award as they prepared to leave elementary school and begin middle school.

One classmate was awarded Best Smile. Another Best Artist. Abbas’ …

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2020 Women of Influence

2020 Virtual Celebration:

The Business Record’s 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 …

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VIDEO: Wisdom from the 2020 Women of Influence

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A behind-the-scenes look at the Women of Influence

What does it take to put on a pre-produced, virtual celebration of the 2020 Women of Influence? 

A lot of planning and coordination. 

On Friday, July 17, eight of the 10 Women of Influence came …

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2020 Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Emerging Woman of Influence: Nataliya Boychenko

Nataliya Boychenko once read somewhere that if you want to know what your life purpose is, go back to what you played with when you were between the ages of 3 and 5. 

As a …

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2020 Iowa State University Ivy College of Business Woman Business Owner of the Year: Teresa Adams-Tomka

Up high along the west wall of Kitchen Collage is a line of about a dozen large photos of various adventures that Teresa Adams-Tomka has experienced in recent years, several of them being with Above …

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