Tribute to Women Virtual Event

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Schedule of Events
About the Nominees

The word “Tribute” calls to mind the people who influence us, and our nominees are wonderful examples of the best kinds of influence. They shine in both dramatic and subtle ways and we look forward to sharing their stories.

Reviewing the 50 submissions we received is an inspiring experience. The diversity of experiences and voices reflect the amazing variety of leaders in our community. Every year we discover that people are finding new ways to positively impact our community, teaching us the value of opening our arms to new experiences and fresh perspectives.

As our state grows and strengthens through diversity and inclusion of all of our communities, we are confidence that people of courage and selflessness will continue to come forward to lead.

Thank you for virtually joining us as we honor these individuals influencing us with their selfless service to the community.

Schedule of Events

Alex Halbach, EmBe Board President

Lindsey Meyers, VP of Public Relations

Jennifer Hoesing, EmBe Chief Development Officer

Banking and Finance
Business Achievement
Community Service
Government and Law
Healthcare and STEM
Humanities and Education
Young Woman of Achievement
Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award

The Judging Process

Thank you to our Judges, who had the difficult job of selecting our 2020 Honorees. Using anonymized nominations, they ranked submissions, with the top score determining our winners. Their commitment and discernment are much appreciated.

Randall Beck
Sadie Bell
Jeannie Blackman
Rod Carlson
Cathy Clark
Tamien Dysart
Kate Fleming
Jenn Folliard
Patrick Gale
Julie Gehm
Joni Johnson
Brooke Nicholson Grote
Maggie Groteluschen
Candy Hanson
Beth Jensen
Julie Nelson
Elizabeth Noonan
Ryan Noonan
Nick Ovenden
Jessie Schmidt
Jodi Schwann
Erin Srstka
Jill TenHaken
Kimberley Thune

2020 Tribute to Women Nominees

Fifty women and men have been nominated for EmBe’s 47th Tribute to Women awards. Tribute to Women is the longest-standing award honoring the achievements of women in the region. The following people have been recognized by their peers for their outstanding achievements (nominees listed with their employer).

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.

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their generosity and support!

Lead Sponsor

Empowerment Sponsor
Sammons Financial

Media Sponsor

Photo Album Sponsor
Lloyd Companies

Leadership Sponsors
First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard
Sanford Health
First Bank & Trust

Success Sponsors
Cutler Law Firm
Xcel Energy
The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

Supporting Sponsor
Meierhenry Sargent LLP
Helen’s Plan

Presentation Sponsor
Studio Blu Photography

Production Sponsor
DJ Jer Events & Lighting Design

Floral Sponsor
The Flower Mill

Awards Sponsor
MD Engraving

Staging Sponsor
Design House

Promotion Sponsors
ICAN, Inc.
Results Radio Townsquare Media

In Kind Sponsors

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