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CBJ to honor 2018 Women of Influence in April


By Corridor Business Journal staff

The Corridor Business Journal’s annual Women of Influence program has spotlighted many talented and inspiring women leaders over the past 13 years. This year’s honorees, to be recognized April 12 at the Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, are no exception.

Nominations were solicited from the Corridor at large, and the completed nomination packets — including résumés, supporting details and letters of recommendation — were given to a selection committee composed of last year’s Women of Influence. The group then had the task of narrowing down the field to 10 women.

The 2018 Women of Influence are (in alphabetical order):

  • Kim Bergen-Jackson, administrator of Oaknoll Retirement Residence.
  • Angie Charipar, assistant to the city manager of the city of Cedar Rapids.
  • Kim Downs, city administrator of the city of Hiawatha.
  • Mary Ferentz, volunteer and philanthropist.
  • Brooke Fitzgerald, owner of the Early Bird Coffee Shop.
  • Janet Godwin, chief operating officer of ACT Inc.
  • Lena Hill, associate professor of English and African American studies and senior associate to the president of the University of Iowa.
  • Mary Ann Osborn, chief nurse executive of UnityPoint Health.
  • Jenny Schulz, attorney and executive director of Kids First Law Center.
  • Phoebe Trepp, executive director of Willis Dady Emergency Shelter.

The 14th annual Women of Influence awards banquet will be held 5-8 p.m. April 12 at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Each honoree will have the opportunity to share her story at the event. Tickets are $55, and dinner will be provided. For more information or to register, visitwww.corridorbusiness.com/events/ or call Ashley Levitt at (319) 665-6397, ext. 311.

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