Women of Achievement Awards Virtual Event 6/18/24

VIRTUAL CELEBRATION: JUNE 17-21

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 17-21 as we share the stories of these incredible women!

A word from our Presenting Sponsor

Learn more about our sponsors:  FSB, Iowa Women’s Wrestling

Learn more about our Venue Sponsor:  DoubleTree by Hilton

Today's Honoree Spotlights

Angie Charipar

Angie Charipar

City of Cedar Rapids

Angie Charipar is the assistant city manager for the City of Cedar Rapids and has served the city in various roles since 2009. She supports the city manager and city council by providing strategic guidance on various projects and initiatives related to city operations and community engagement. She oversees the city’s communications and transit divisions and organizational health, sustainability, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Her experience and diverse roles have enhanced the city’s growth, efficiency and inclusivity. Her work has helped the city to secure $278 million in state aid and $306 million in federal aid for the Cedar River Flood Control System. Charipar has initiated several lasting, impactful city programs, including SAFE-CR and Neighborhood P.A.C.T.

Charipar holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Iowa and completed Harvard’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in 2023. Prior to her work with the City of Cedar Rapids, Charipar spent ten years in Congressman Jim Leach’s office and then worked for AEGON as their Political Action Committee grassroots manager. Charipar is the recipient of the Iowa City Management Association’s Emerging Leader Award (2017) and the Corridor Business Journal Women of Influence Award (2018).

Honoree Interview

Cecilia Roudabush

Cecilia Roudabush

New Harmony Line

Cecilia (Cece) Roudabush grew up in Creston, Iowa. She moved to Iowa City, earning a bachelor’s in music education and therapy, and later a master’s in music therapy with a focus on behavior disorders. Roudabush delighted in working with students from grades K-12 for 32 years teaching general and adaptive music, rock band, success center and personal development.

Following her “retirement” in 2021, Roudabush has continued providing music composition opportunities to children all over the world through her work as the director of education for the nonprofit New Harmony Line. Since childhood, she has dedicated herself to important service projects in her community and church: volunteering for the free lunch program, working with Habitat for Humanity and leading projects at St. Thomas More, like “Blanket Them With Love” for victims of the derecho and Afghani refugees in Cedar Rapids.

Roudabush believes her greatest accomplishment in life has been bringing her two children into the world, who have since both begun careers of service within their communities. If she has free time, she uses it to help those around her.

Honoree Interview

Betsy Harrison

Betsy Harrison

Betsy Boos Boutique

Betsy Harrison is the founder and CEO of Betsy Boos, an online boutique that sells trendy women’s clothing, shoes and accessories for all shapes and sizes. Harrison turned her love for fashion from a hobby that started in her basement to a successful business, amassing nearly 1 million social media followers since 2012.

Harrison has used her social media following to lead the social media movement “Be Intentional,” focusing on faith, family and health. She’s a founder of Meta’s Business Leadership Network, which advocates and lobbies social media for small businesses on Capitol Hill. In 2022, she was named Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

Harrison loves working with and volunteering for kids at College Community Schools, Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa and her church youth group, where she also participates in mission work. She is married to Brian and has two children: Chase (23) and Lexi (18), and a boxer named Bronx.

Honoree Interview

2024 Keynote Speaker

Clarrisa Chun

Clarissa Chun

University of Iowa – Women’s Wrestling Head Coach

Sponsored by:   Iowa Women's Wrestling Club

Clarissa Chun is the head coach of the University of Iowa women’s wrestling team, the first in the program’s history. In 2021, Iowa became the first NCAA Division 1 Power Five conference institution to offer women’s wrestling.  

Chun joins the Iowa women’s wrestling program from USA Wrestling, where she was an assistant coach on the women’s national team from 2017-21. Chun helped lead the United States to 17 World medals, including seven gold, four silver and six bronzes, as well as an Olympic gold, Olympic silver and two Olympic bronzes. 

Chun is a two-time Olympian, competing at 48 kg in the 2008 Beijing Games and 2012 London Games. Chun wrestled at five Senior World Championships, including a gold-medal performance at the 2008 Worlds in Tokyo.  

During her career, Chun won five U.S. Open titles; a 2011 Pan American Games silver medal; four gold medals at the Pan American Championships; and was a runner-up at four U.S. World Team Trials and three U.S. Opens. Chun competed for Missouri Valley College, where she was a star on one of the pioneer women’s college wrestling team programs.  

Chun has coaching experience at both the international and college levels. She was a member of the men’s wrestling staff at West Virginia University, serving as the program’s operations assistant while also training at the Regional Training Center. 

Chun was inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in June 2022. She is one of only four females bestowed Distinguished Member honors. In 2018, Chun was inducted into the Missouri Valley College Hall of Fame, Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, and Roosevelt High School Hall of Fame.

2024 Women of Achievement Honorees

Lynette Voss

Lynette Voss

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight

Outstanding Community Leadership Award Recipient

Angie Charipar

Angie Charipar

City of Cedar Rapids

Cecilia Roudabush

Cecilia Roudabush

New Harmony Line

Betsy Harrison

Betsy Harrison

Betsy Boos

Jess Novotny

Jess Novotny

Prestige Dance Studio

Felicite Wolfe

Felicite Wolfe

African American Museum of Iowa

Dr. Jean Littlejohn

Dr. Jean Littlejohn

Family Folk Machine

Jamie Toledo

Jamie Toledo

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

Freda Sojka

Freda Sojka

Cedar River Haven

Holly Reeder

Holly Reeder

CRCSD – Hiawatha Elementary School

Zeinab Osman

Zeinab Osman

College Community Schools

Erin Erickson

Erin Erickson

Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority

Dr. Sarah Hemming-Meyer

Dr. Sarah Hemming-Meyer

East Central Iowa Acute Care & UnityPoint Hospital

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Erin Erickson

Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority Erin Erickson has worked as the watershed coordinator...

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Zeinab Osman

College Community Schools Zeinab Osman serves College Community Schools as a community engagement...

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Holly Reeder

Cedar Rapids Community Schools Holly Reeder is the instructional coach at Hiawatha Elementary...

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Jamie Toledo

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Jamie Toledo is the economic development relationship manager...

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Lynette Voss

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight Outstanding Community Leadership Award Recipient Lynette Voss is the...

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