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The Gazette’s HER Women of Achievement is an annual program that recognizes individuals who are leading, inspiring and creating positive change in Eastern Iowa.


Join us on this website for the virtual celebration June 15-22 as we share the stories of these incredible women.

2022 HER Women of Achievement Honorees

Ana Clymer, Iowa State University

Dr. Lori L. Sundberg, Kirkwood Community College

Dr. Mona McCalley-Whitters, BSN, PhD, National Alliance on Mental Illness Linn County

Sue Hutchins, Living Beyond the Bars; Iowa Justice Action Network

Consuelo Steel-Cherry, We Care DayCare Inc.

Jackie Smith Duggan, Abbe Mental Health Center

Jessica Kelly, Tanager Place

Jill Wilkins, NewBoCo

Brianna Kim, African American Museum of Iowa

Minouche Bandubuila, Cedar Rapids Community School District

Nancy Pacha, Rotary Projects

Dr. Shiny Mathewkutty, Mercy Medical Center

Outstanding Community Leadership Award

The Gazette is proud to honor the legacy of HER founder Kelly Buchanan through the Outstanding Community Leadership Award.

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an incredible ability to guide and inspire a community.

This year’s Outstanding Community Leadership Award goes to….

Noreen BushCedar Rapids Community School District

Our virtual celebration will launch from our HER website on June 15th, and will include interviews and profiles of our 2022 honorees!



Inspiring connections and creating opportunities for women in Eastern Iowa

HER Speak Up Series

HER Speak Up! Be Bold Series

The 2022 series will begin with the theme of making bold decisions. Hear from facilitators of the Restoration Project and other community leaders as they share their own journey in personal and professional paths that have led to happiness.

The events will be held on June 2, 2022, August 11, 2022, and November 17, 2022.

Please click on the link below to register for the June 2nd event!

HER Women of Achievement

HER Virtual Event

The Gazette and presenting sponsor Farmers State Bank are pleased to announce the 2022 Women of Achievement honorees!  HER Women of Achievement will celebrate thirteen women who are leading the way to create positive change in Eastern Iowa.

Visit this page June 15 through June 22 for a daily video feature of honorees sharing their inspiring stories along with keynote Melanie Lentz.