Showcasing women in business in Eastern Iowa

In each issue of HER magazine, you’ll read stories about businesswomen that will inspire and motivate you. Get real-world advice and insights as you open your eyes to the incredible accomplishments of Eastern Iowa women in business.

Women of Achievement Awards

Recognizing women of acheivement in Eastern Iowa.

HER Women of Achievement Awards

HER Magazine, a publication of the Gazette, is pleased to announce the 2020 HER Women of Achievement Award honorees! We received nominations for a number of impressive, dedicated women who are working to enact positive change for our communities. The following women were chosen based on professional achievements in their field, mentorship, creative contributions to the community and leadership skills.  Join us in recognizing their commitment and impact.

We will be profiling these amazing women in the pages of the HER Magazine and the Gazette during the next year, so continue to watch and be inspired by their accomplishments.

2020 HER Women of Achievement Honorees

Andrea Achenbach, University of Iowa College of Nursing

Keesha Burke-Henderson, Mount Mercy University

Ana McClain, Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Laurie Hamen, Mount Mercy University

Shannon Hanson, United Way of East Central Iowa

Jamie L. Henderson, NXT Bank

Jessica Horaney, Collins Aerospace

Kathy Kaiden. Retired from YPN

Karmin McShane, Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency

Robyn K. Mixdorf, Meth-Wick Community

Lisa Rhatigan, ImOn Communications

Caitlin Slessor, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll Attorneys at Law

Debbie Takes, Dan and Debbie’s Creamery

Barbara Thomas, UI Tippie College of Business

Heather Wagner, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy

NETWORKING AND REGISTRATION: Join us in the Atrium at the Hotel Kirkwood for Networking and Registration.  10:30-11:30 a.m.

LUNCHEON AND AWARDS PROGRAM 11:30- 1:15.  Tickets are $40 each


About HER

Sharing strength, acheivements and leadership.

In the spring of 2017 the vision of HER became alive.  First, we launched the HER Women in Business Luncheon Series.  The spring and fall luncheon is comprised of a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion with five successful local women, of varying occupations and ages, who answer questions around the keynote topic. An optional hour long workshop with the keynote speaker, following the luncheon allows the attendee a deeper dive into the keynote subject matter.

Over the past three years the following keynote speakers have spoken at the HER Women in Business luncheon series:

  •  Successboarding: The Power of Self Recognition, featuring Marlo Higgins, Chief Inspiration Officer, Ignite Your Success.
  •  Success Doesn’t Just Happen in the C-Suite featuring, Gale Mote, Gale Mote Associates.
  •  Blueprint for Success: Aligning Your Work with Your Values, featuring Nancy Hauserman, Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa.
  • Your Personal Brand: Embrace the Power of You, featuring Lynn Manternach, PhD, Brand Arsonist and President, MindFire Communications.
  • Want a powerful life? Do work that matters, featuring Jackie Pelland, Mastermind of leadership development and change management, Collins Aerospace.
  • ” I need to be more confident.” “and other lies you may be telling yourself.” featuring Courtney Smock, Principal Organization Development Consultant, Collins Aerospace.

The luncheon series opened the door for us to meet many amazing women who are making positive impacts and are demonstrating incredible accomplishments.  This lead to the birth of the HER Magazine in the fall of 2017.  The women we met and read  about in the magazine lead to the creation of the HER Women of Achievement Awards.

The HER Awards gave us the opportunity to recognize in a significant way the everyday accomplishments happening right here, right now.  These women are honored at a luncheon in June.  A profile of each is published in the Fall HER Women in Business Magazine.  A full feature story is written about each woman, to share with the community the enacted positive changes each has contributed.

The mission of the HER brand is to create opportunities for women to share their experience, strengths and leadership with one another.  To provide a platform for open dialogue that will inspire and motivate one another to rise in the face of challenges and ultimately triumph.  HER is about YOU, ME and all of US!

Debbie Scott
Account Executive - Sales


Sharing your support for HER with your business.

We could not create and execute HER events and content without the support of our sponsors. Previous and current sponsors include:

Farmers State Bank, HER Presenting Sponsor of the luncheon series and HER Women of Achievement


United Fire Group

Family Medicine Specialist PC

Shuttleworth & INGERSOLL

Mount Mercy University

Purdue University Global

Profile by Sanford

105.7 KOKZ

Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust

Junior League of Cedar Rapids

F&M Bank

Hands in Harmony

Advance Therapy Specialist

Hills Bank

Budget Blinds

Wild Wall Flowers


Travel Leaders

Luxe Interiors

US Bank

Principal Financial

HRC Replacement

Iowa Realty

NXT Bank

Professional Women’s Network

Sitler’s House of Lights


Washington County Hospital and Clinics

Cambridge Investment Research

Toyota of Iowa City

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