The fourth edition of Ovation: A Tribute to Iowa Women and Girls was unveiled at four special receptions in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Bettendorf, and Cedar Falls.

Ovation is IWF’s signature annual publication, providing a unique and meaningful way to pay tribute to women and girls who make a difference in our communities. Each year, the publication contains personal tributes to women and girls from around the state, sponsored by family members, friends, colleagues, or community members who value the impact of the profiled woman or girl.

In this year’s Ovation, there are so many stories of tenacity, generosity, creativity, and plain old hard work. We featured the first woman president of the Iowa State Bar Association; an interpreter and advocate for immigrants; a woman who helped her family’s grocery store celebrate its centennial anniversary—and put its famous homemade sausages on the map; two students and social justice advocates fighting to end discrimination at their school; a woman who built a small business, starred on Broadway, and once asked Steve Martin to dance; and so many more amazing women.

This year’s edition of Ovation honored 92 remarkable women and girls and raised an incredible $80,000 for IWF.

To learn more about submitting a tribute or supporting the publication as a corporate sponsor, please visit our Ovation contribution page.






















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Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

U.S. Bank



Director Sponsors

Hills Bank and Trust Company


Rockwell Collins

Van Meter Inc


Editor Sponsors


Kate Hawkins


Book Sponsors

James Investment Group, Inc.

United Fire Group

Great Western Bank

MidWestOne Bank

SouthGate Companies

College Board


In-Kind Sponsors

Benson & Hepker Design

Cedar Graphics