Insight Women of Influence Award Winners

Women Of Influence In The New North Region

Insight’s Inaugural Women of Influence Awards

The Women of Influence Awards in the New North Region honor women making a difference in their communities and industries. We received more than 85 nominations for the 2020 awards and our judges decided to honor eight women. The Women of Influence event allows us to shine a spotlight on each woman and share her inspirational story on how they’re making a difference.


Click on each woman's photos to read their stories and watch their acceptance speeches.

Corporate Leader

Jill Wagner Kelly of
Integrity Insurance

Business Owner

Lisa Cruz of Red Shoes Inc.

Difference Maker - Nonprofit

Harriet Redman of WisconSibs, Inc.

Difference Maker – Business Community

Laurie Radke of Greater Green Bay Area Chamber

With all nominations, please be as detailed as possible, providing concrete examples of the nominee’s accomplishments. Self-nominations are allowed. Please click the NOMINATE NOW button to nominate someone for a Woman of Influence Award.
If you have any questions, read through our Frequently Asked Questions below or send an email to Insight Editor MaryBeth Matzek at [email protected].

Young Influencer

Christina Singh of Boys and Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County

Lifetime Achievement Award

Susan Finco of Leonard and Finco Public Relations

Trailblazer Award

Cynthia Estrup of UW-Green Bay Police Department


Glenda Woosley of Culver’s of Darboy, Little Chute and Grand Chute

2020 Nominees

  • Kathryn Blom, Epiphany Law LLC
  • Donna Boehm, ThedaCare
  • Karla Brooks, It Makes Me Happy!
  • Caitlin Brotz, Olivü
  • Morgan Brux, Shiocton High School
  • Lisa Cribben, Wipfli LLC
  • Sandra Cvetanovic, Miller Electric Manufacturing LLC
  • Loris Damerow, Center for Grieving Children at Boys and Girls Clubs Fox Valley
  • Apache Danforth, Native American Tourism Organization of Wisconsin
  • Marianne Dickson, Executive Agenda
  • Mary Downs, Caltalpa
  • Theresa Falvey, State of Grace mind.body.spirit
  • Jennifer Frank, ThedaCare
  • Donna Gehl, Image Studios
  • Jacqueline Geier, Hawk Point Technologies
  • Patti Habeck, Feeding America
  • Ann Hanna, Taureau Group
  • Ginelle Hussin, Boldt Co.
  • Danica Kiedinger, Prophit
  • Barbara Koldos, Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction
  • Amy Kox, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Jenny Knuth, Wisnet
  • Mylan Kohler, Holy Family Memorial Hospital Psychiatry/Behavioral Health
  • Amanda Kroener, SNFood & Beverage
  • April Johnson, Prophit
  • Joan Johnson, Sunrise on Main/Reset Life
  • Lori Jones, Marco
  • Barbara LaMue, New North Inc.
  • Lindsay LaCourse, Schneider
  • Stephanie Lenz, Habitat for Humanity
  • Tammy Leurquin, Matchback Systems
  • Doreen Lettau, Plymouth Foam
  • Kristine Lillie, Advocate Aurora Health
  • Cindy Lindstrom, Lakeland University
  • Maggie Lund, ThedaCare
  • Heather Macklin, Epiphany Law LLC
  • Megan Manahan, ThedaCare
  • Angela Marshalek, St. Norbert College
  • Bobbi Miller, Fox Valley Workforce Development Board
  • Salvior Mok, ThedaCare
  • Melinda Morella-Olson, Imaginasium
  • Paula Morgen, ThedaCare
  • Dawn Nowakowski, PBS Wisconsin
  • Kim O’Brien, Nonprofit Leadership Initiative
  • Judith Olson, Child Care Resource & Referral
  • Victoria Parmentier, R.E. Management Inc.
  • Sarah Paulson, Associated Bank
  • Tina Prigge, Coolest Coast
  • Barb Rau, UW-Oshkosh College of Business
  • Tracy Robertson, Fit Oshkosh
  • Hope Schaefer, Girls on the Run Northeast Wisconsin
  • Michelle Schuler, Microsoft
  • Jan Smith, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
  • Sarah Spang, TEDxFondduLac
  • Stacy Stanton, Atomic Research Inc.
  • Jennifer Stephany, Appleton Downtown Inc.
  • Kathleen Stephany, Oshkosh Area School District
  • Alicia Stuedemann, UW-Oshkosh Career & Professional Development
  • Ivy Summers, St. Norbert College
  • Becky Tuchscherer, Miller Electric Manufacturing, LLC
  • Angela Tyczkowski, Marco
  • Jill Uitenbroek, Secura Insurance
  • Vicki Updike, New Sage Strategies
  • Debi Van Handel, Special Service Partners
  • Sue Vincent, Encompass
  • Barbara (Bobbi) Webster, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
  • Johanna Wicklund, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay
  • Laura Wiegert, Investors Community Bank
  • Shannon Wienandt, House of Hope Green Bay
  • Cyrene Wilke, Investors Community Bank
  • Pa Ja Yang, Appleton Public Library

POSTPONED – new date to be announced

Individual: $50

Table of 10: $500


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Frequently Asked Questions

You should nominate a woman who is an established business leader, entrepreneur, community leader or up-and-comer who has blazed a trail in the business world. We’re looking for quantifiable results and compelling stories to tell our readers. Keep in mind, multiple nominations for the same person do not enhance the nominee’s chances of being selected as a winner.

Yes, self nominations are encouraged.

This is a chance to honor a peer or someone you admire. It is also an opportunity to share an inspiring story of success with others. If you know someone who serves as an example to you, this is your chance to help share that person’s story with a larger audience.

Winners are selected by a panel of anonymous judges and Insight staff members based on the review of the nomination forms. Judges will be looking for a compelling story about women business leaders throughout the New North.

The best nominations will share a woman’s unique talents, community involvement and achievements. The adage “show, don’t tell” applies here: Use concrete examples to persuade the judges that the nominee has made a mark on the New North business community. The best nominations are clear, concise and complete, providing details that substantiate a nominee’s success.

The judges look for specific examples from the nominee’s professional life and community involvement. They look for examples of accomplishment and upward mobility. It is important to “show” the judges rather than “tell” them. For example, “Sue Smith opened six new stores and provided more than $50,000 in scholarship funds last year to local high school students” rather than “Chris Smith grew the business into the best in the area and has helped many students go to college.” Basically, the judges look for inspiring stories about women who are making a difference in their industries and community.

Any woman who works in the New North, an 18-county region in Northeast Wisconsin.

Check back in January for more information on the Women of Influence Awards Luncheon.
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