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Lift IOWA – In Case You Missed It: 11-13-17


Iowa City’s newest council member, Mazahir Salih, may be the first Sudanese-American to hold elected office in the United States. Salih, a founding member of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa and a local activist, was elected Tuesday to an at-large seat on the Iowa City Council after she earned 5,573 votes, or 77 percent. Iowa City Press-Citizen

Ames High School chemistry teacher Aileen Sullivan is the 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday. Sullivan, 43, has taught at Ames High School since 1996 and is known for challenging her students, her colleagues and herself to grow and improve. Des Moines Business Record 

Occupational independence is high on Jana Crane’s list of personal priorities. “I always knew in the back of my mind that I need to be my own boss,” she said. “I put my heart and soul into my work. If I’m going to do something for eight or nine hours a day, I need to be doing it for me, and I need to be doing something that makes me happy.” Cedar Rapids Gazette 

Brad Hart and Monica Vernon went to sleep Tuesday night as the big winners in the Cedar Rapids mayoral race, but woke up Wednesday morning starting from scratch with less than a month until a Dec. 5 runoff election decides the contest. Cedar Rapids Gazette 

The Funky Zebras, a women’s clothing boutique based in Ankeny, will open an Ames location next week. The store is owned by Jami Hill and Cheryl Hayes. Ames Tribune

Marabeth Soneson and Heidi Solheim were appointed board members of First National Bank. Soneson, of Cedar Falls, is owner/president of Acorn Advisers Marketing. Solheim is director of Community Relations at Waverly Health Center. Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier


The 19 business leaders on Forbes’ annual list of the Most Powerful Women in the World are driving their companies through social and technological changes such as consumers adopting healthier habits and nations setting ambitious goals for renewable energy. Forbes

More women are venturing into business school with heightened optimism, and the added security of a network of organizations actively chasing equal opportunity agendas. Business Because 

An emotional and exuberant Shalane Flanagan came to the finish line of the New York City Marathon and enveloped herself in an American flag, the magnitude of what she had accomplished bringing her to tears and to her knees. Flanagan became the first American woman since Miki Gorman won the second of her back-to-back NYC marathons in 1977 to win the race. The Washington Post 

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