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Firmly rooted in its foundation as the YWCA’s Leadership Luncheon, Tribute to Women has honored the best of our community since 1973.  As we celebrate the vital people that make the Sioux Empire an amazing place, Tribute also funds EmBe’s mission to empower women and families in our region through programming like women’s programs, child & school age care, youth development and aquatics.

Tribute to Women brings people from across the community together to honor women, men and businesses in nine categories ranging from the Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award to Business Achievement and Community Service. Whether you are attending to support an individual or the community at large, this event reminds us of the people whose vision transformed our city as well as those who are moving us forward.

49th Annual Tribute to Women Celebration
Stay tuned for additional details on the 2022 event date and location.

Nominations for the 2021 Tribute to Women event are closed.

Tribute to Women has lifted up the people and organizations that empower women in Sioux Falls for decades. EmBe is honored to hold true to this spirit while growing this legacy of honoring achievement. The nomination process is straightforward and transparent. Our frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) help clarify the details, but EmBe utilizes volunteers throughout the nomination and judging process to ensure impartiality and consistency, reflecting the quality of the thousands of nominees and winners from the past decades.

The best nominations showcase the personal and professional side of the nominee, enhanced by accomplishments in every aspect of their lives. With community impact at the heart of every category, this can be reflected by dedication to others in volunteer work, mentoring, workplace and community support of all kinds.

Nomination categories:
  • Business Achievement – Business leader or leader in a professional trade – includes sales and marketing, entrepreneurs and leaders in innovative endeavors.
  • Banking & Finance – Banking, accounting, financial planning, investors, other finance-related business and those who contribute to the success of the financial industry.
  • Community Service – An outstanding individual who gives freely of their time and talents to a nonprofit entity, human or social service.
  • EmBeliever Award – A man, woman, or business that demonstrates the mission of EmBe to enrich our community by empowering women and families.
  • Government & Law – Individuals serving local, state, or federal government, law, politics or military service.
  • Healthcare & STEM – Leader in the fields of healthcare, science, technology, engineering or math.
  • Humanities & Education – Leader in any level of education, culture, arts, music, literature, philosophy or religion.
  • Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award – Woman who has dedicated herself to mentoring other women in their personal/professional lives. Women aged 50+ are eligible for the Sylvia Henkin award.
  • Young Woman of Achievement – Woman between the ages of 21 and 35 with community service and professional success to indicate both current leadership and her potential for extraordinary leadership and service.

Your nomination is the most important part of Tribute to Women! Without you investing your time in the process, we wouldn’t be able to celebrate the incredible individuals and organizations that make a difference in our community. Your nomination form is what nominees are judged on – nothing else. Please see the sample nomination form for what a great nomination looks like. As always, contact us with any questions.

Click here to view a sample nomination form

The Silent Auction will be available to view beginning Monday, April 12 on our mobile giving platform. Be sure to bid early and often on the items you’re interested in!

To view all the auction packages or to bid, visit or text Tribute2021 to 76278 and follow the on-screen registration prompts.

Bidding tips:

  • Bidding on auction items requires a credit card.
  • Browse the silent auction items and pick out which items you’d like to follow.
  • Text notifications will help you track bidding – you can set up an automatic counter bid!

Bidding will conclude on Thursday, April 15 at 8 pm.

Tribute to Women Nomination FAQ’s

  • Who can submit a Tribute nomination?
    • Any individual, corporation, agency, civic organization, school, place of worship should lift up a deserving woman. In addition, the Embeliever award is is open to ANY individual or organization that fits Tribute criteria. EmBe staff and their families may not submit a nomination.
  • Can multiple people nominate someone?
    • Yes. We suggest you work together to submit a single nomination form rather than submit multiple nomination forms. If EmBe receives multiple nominations for the same individual, we will reach out and facilitate consolidation.
  • Can I nominate someone outside of Sioux Falls?
    • Tribute to Women is intended to highlight contributions to the Sioux Falls area. Most winners reside in Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner and McCook counties.
  • How long does it take to complete a nomination?
    • Nominating is simple, and the online form can be completed in as little as 20-30 minutes. Preparing the best nomination may take more time. We suggest you review the nomination form and ask others for input, including the nominee if that is appropriate. You may find it helpful to create and edit your nomination is a word processing program, then cut and paste into the online form.
  • Can I nominate someone who has been nominated in the past?
    • Yes, though no individual is eligible to win in the same category more than once.
  • Who is ineligible for nomination?
    • You cannot nominate a relative, EmBe staff member or their families, or a current EmBe board member. Previous winners may not be re-nominated in the same category.
  • Do nominees pay for their ticket to Tribute?
    • All nominees receive a complimentary ticket to the event.
  • When do you announce winners?
    • Winners are announced live at the Tribute to Women event, and are shared on social media and with local media outlets throughout the evening.
  • When do you announce nominees?
    • Nominees are announced mid-March, following the conclusion of the judging process.
  • How are nominations judged, what’s the criteria?
    • First, nominations are anonymized by removing names and identifying references. Each category is judged by a group of volunteer judges using a 40-point scoring rubric with four categories: leadership, growth, achievement and contribution to community. Each category has a maximum value of 10 points. Judges resolve tied scores before submitting their scores to EmBe. Then, scores are averaged to determine the category winner and scoring is audited.
      • Leadership. Is the individual an effective leader at work and in the community? What unique skills do they demonstrate?
      • Growth. How has the individual demonstrated continued learning? Acquiring new skills?
      • Achievement. What personal and professional milestones has this individual garnered?
      • Contribution to Community. How has the individual made a difference in the community, whether in business, volunteer efforts, or in other ways?
  • How do you select judges?
    • EmBe staff and volunteers nominate community leaders to serve as judges and the roster is affirmed by the Tribute committee. Judges are then assigned categories with an eye to matching their expertise without assigning a category that would make impartiality difficult. For example, someone working in finance would review Healthcare & STEM nominations.

For more information or questions about volunteering or sitting on the EmBe Empowerment Committee, please contact EmBe at 605.366.3660.

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