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For more information or questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Susanne Gale at sgale@embe.org or 605-681-9834.

Tribute to Women: A fundraiser supporting the mission of EmBe and recognizing the incredible contributions of individuals in our region

As the longest-standing award ceremony honoring individuals in our region, Tribute to Women has shined a light on those doing right by EmBe’s mission since 1973. This fundraiser ensures we mark time by honoring people, in nine nomination categories, who are building a better future, are community leaders, and represent the best of the Sioux Empire.

50th Annual Tribute to Women
Date and Location TBD

2023 nominations are not open.

Help us find the best of Sioux Falls

Have someone in mind? Nominate them today.

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

Tribute to Women Nomination FAQs

  • Who can submit a Tribute nomination?
    • Any individual, corporation, agency, civic organization, school, or place of worship should lift up a deserving woman. In addition, the Embeliever award is open to ANY individual or organization that fits the 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 in a word processing program, then cut and paste it 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 in mid-March, following the conclusion of the judging process.
  • How are nominations judged, what are 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 the 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.

Tribute to Women not only recognizes those doing right by our mission–the annual fundraiser helps us sustain it. If you’re ready to support this legacy of empowerment, there is an abundance of opportunities you can choose from. To become a sponsor or to volunteer your time, contact Susanne Gale at sgale@embe.org or 605-681-9834.

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Sylvia Henkin
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Mary Sommervold
Mary Turner
Signie Johnson

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Joan Gross
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Pat Pilcher
Trudy Peckham

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Maureen Knight
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Norma Doyle

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Jocelyn Hanson
Kay Torney
Margaret Sumption
Mary Vanderlinde
Pamela Moser
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Elaine Dertien
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Lorraine Norman
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Nancy White
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Judy Hamilton
Laurie Knutson
Linda Stensland
Susan Wagner

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Melanie Bliss
Ronelle Thompson

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Dawn Gunn
Diane Thompson
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Sue Brown

Carol Greenfield
Charline Smith
Karen Kovar
Mary Jo Jaqua
Mary Tidwell
Susan Billings

Carol Deschepper
Carolyn Downs
Clara Johnson
Doris Johnson
Eve Dooyema
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Jeanne Fullenkamp
Lucy Green
Patricia Peters
Sharon Busch
Sheryl Johnson

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Cheryl Pederson
Pam Sessier
Shawn DeGroot
Susan Scott
Val Putman

Carol Brown
Diane Larsen
Edie Weiss-Holzbauer
Evie Meier
Heidi Wenande
Patricia Reipel

Barbara Day
Barbara Stork
Betty Meyer
Grace Wellman
Katherine Schnabel
Shelly Gardner

Anita Sekora Kealey
Ann Marie Rossing
Nancy Olson
Pam Bollinger
Tammy Otten

Avera McKennan
Catherine Schiltz
Charisse Oland
June Thormodsgard
Linda Hallstrom
Monica Huber

Julie Doss
Lorrie Papka
Stephanie Becker
Sue Halbritter
Wells Fargo

Argus Leader
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Janice Alberg
Mary Beth Carrell
Roxie Loftesness
Tricia Halling

Carol Kreager
Howalt-McDowell Insurance Inc.
Jean Reed
Jenny Pohlman
Karla Abbott
Ruth Christopherson

Char Jensen
Diana Berkland
Jane Johnson
Nancy Olsen
Rhea Staniaszewski

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Eileen Van Soest
Francie Miller
Kaia Kloster
Meredith Wipf
Rebecka Hinker
Sue Christensen

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Paula Eichman
Ruth Metcalf
Shannon Barnes
Yvonne Hawkins

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Harriet Scott
Judy Blauwet
Kristin Breitag
Kristina Schaap
Peg Lambert
Sarah Swenson
Sylvia Henkin
Teri Ellis-Schmidt

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Cathy Clark
Darcy Sherman-Justice
Dr. Maria Bell
Dr. Marice Highstreet
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Keila Smith
Michelle Lavallee
Pamela Moser
Sharon Wartenbee
Sue Williams

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Becky Nelson
Carole Pagones
Deana Larson
Della Jeffries
Doreen Pospisil
Dr. Meena Jaggi
June Larson
Kristine O’Connell
Ruth Krystopolski

Ann McKay Thompson
Carol Muller
Jamie Horter
Jean Healy
Kris Gross
Lindsey Meyers
Mary Leedom
Pat Nadolski
Sr. Lynn Marie Welbig

Donna Magnuson
Elizabeth Augustine
Jacquie Kluck
Jan Feterl
Jolene Loetscher
Kris Gaster
Lisa Brouwer
Lynnda Schoen
Mary Oyos
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Anita Wetsch
Dr. Laurie Landeen
Jaciel Keltgen
Jennifer Sherman
Lesa Jarding
Mary Olinger
Mary Thoen
Mary Wolf
Susan Omanson
Terryl Cadwell

Allene Flora
Anne Hajek
Brittany Montecuollo
Dr. Annette Bosworth
Julie Choudek
Kim Burma
Kim Hayes
Melissa Johnson
Nancy Geffre
Shelley Hanisch

Arlene Horner
Betty Ordal
Cindy Walsh
Diana Berkland
Kathy Thorson
Megan Myers
Pam Tiede
Sharon Schueler
Stacey McMahan
Stacy Jones

Barb Everist
Brandi Kowalczyk
Brooke Nicholson Grote
Erin Hayes
Erin Srstka
Julie Norton
Megan Landsverk
Pam Homan
Paul Ten Haken, Click Rain

Bill Townsend, Howalt-McDowell Insurance Inc
Elizabeth Overmoe
Jill Weimer
Julie Nelson
Karla Santi
Kellen Boice
Polly Dean
Trish McCann
Twila Perkinson

Amber Schwiesow
Carol Rogers
Cathy Kellogg
Dr. Ashley Podhradsky
Jim Woster, Avera Health
Laurie Fluit
Mary Howard
Suzy Collignon-Hodgen
Taneeza Islam

Allison Suttle, MD
Carrie Biondi
Jan Haugen-Rogers
Lori Murray
Marcy Crawford
Pat McAdaragh, Midco
Sandy Frentz
Sarah McGuire
Tina Lenz

Amy Elliott
Beth Jensen
Carrie Wilson
Chelsea Tracy
Jess Jasso
Maggie Sweets
Michelle Boyd
Nancy Wahlstrom
Pam Hilber

Ashley Briggs
Dawn Duerksen
Del’Inkka Beaudion
Jill Franken
Jyoti Angal
Kim Erickson
Mary Sand
Micki Lundin
Wendy Otheim

Andrea Polkinghorn
Amy Moore
Cindy Heidelberger Larson
Erin Healy
Kira Kimball
Nikkee Rhody
Taneeza Islam
Valerie Hearns

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Dr. Nancy Free
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Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger
Lora Black
Nancy Reynoza
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