With the theme “Empower Her!” guiding the program, the 17th Annual Awards Luncheon on October 30, 2013 was a time to acknowledge individuals and organizations who are working to improve the lives of Iowa’s women and girls, while also calling on all Iowans to rise to the challenge to do more.

The keynote address was delivered by Rekha Basu, prominent columnist with the Des Moines Register and host of Rekha’s Voice on KCWI in Des Moines.

Over 500 attended the event, and fundraising from the luncheon increased by over 100% from the previous year.

Grant recipients

Children and Families of Iowa, for the Women’s Employment Project

ISED Ventures, for ISED Women’s Business Center TechStart

50-50 in 2020, for the Blueprint for Winning Academy

Ascent, for the IGNITE program

Women, Food and Agriculture Network, for Women Caring for the Land: Nurturing New Careers in Ecological Restoration

Love Girls Magazine/The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, for LOVE Girls Training and Internship program

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, for Acting Out! Performing Arts for Healthy Choices

University of Northern Iowa Foundation, for Shining Stars: Girls Looking Ahead project

University of Iowa College of Education/University of Iowa Foundation, for Strong Girls Read Strong Books


Luncheon Sponsors

Visionary Sponsor

United Fire Group

Leader Sponsors

Hills Bank and Trust Company


Ally Sponsors

Bankers Trust Company

City of Coralville

Great Western Bank

Integrated DNA Technologies

JM Swank

MidwestOne Bank

Moen Group

Phelan Tucker Mullen Walker Tucker Gellman LLP

Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC

Simmons Perrine

Skogman Realty

Two Rivers Bank

University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office

University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Dr. Susan Wall

Advocate Sponsors

Bachmeier Carpet One

Blank & McCune – The Real Estate Company

Tyler, Link & Barnes