The 3rd Annual Inspiring Women of Iowa event celebrates inspiring women in our community, with proceeds benefitting Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Our event honors three women, one in each of the following categories: Courage, Confidence, and Character. Nominees can be anyone regardless of Girl Scout history – but they should be able to demonstrate that they have used courage, confidence, or character in their daily lives. Past nominees have included business innovators, community change-makers, and compassionate leaders, but these awards are open to any woman who has inspired others with their bravery, empathy, or drive. The nomination deadline is January 31, 2019 and all nominees are invited to the luncheon honoring the 12 finalists and three women of courage, confidence, and character.

Tickets for this uplifting event are $40/person, $350/table (lunch included); registration closes April 24, 2019


Congratulations to our 2019 Inspiring Women of Iowa Award Recipients!

Courage Award

Vanessa McNeal

Confidence Award
Emily Westergaard

Character Award
Debb Kent


At Inspiring Women of Iowa, we will honor three women of courage, confidence, and character—chosen from nominees submitted by you. Nominate someone you know who demonstrates these traits in their daily lives.

Courage Award

Given to someone who has shown immeasurable courage. She has shown strength in the face of fear, pain or grief. She has persevered in the face of adversity and stood up for what is right.

Confidence Award

Given to someone who continues to demonstrate confidence, a positive state of mind that guides her steps and actions. Confidence comes from feelings of well-being, acceptance of her body and mind, and belief in her own ability, skills and experience.

Character Award

Given to someone who has shown great character in their relationships and experiences. It is the quality of her actions when there is no apparent benefit to acting well. She has shown great integrity in how she treats herself and others.

Join us to honor the 2019 finalists and celebrate three honorees who exemplify courage, confidence, and character.

Courage Award Finalists:
Ashley Christle | AppleWhite Dental Partners
Vanessa McNeal | McNeal Media
Dr. Mary Radia | Iowa Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center
Gina Skinner-Thebo | Tone's Spices/B&G Foods

Confidence Award Finalists:
Christine Her | ArtForce Iowa
Magan Lewis, PhD | Corteva Agriscience
Emily Steele | Brand Launch
Emily Westergaard | By Degrees Foundation

Character Award Finalists:
Debb Kent | Ottumwa Community School District (retired)
Latha Kumar | Zamorins Solutions
Maria Volante | Dardis Communications
Emily Webb | Businessolver


Featured Girl Scout


Troop 563


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