Women of Influence Awards

Insight’s Women of Influence in the New North Region Awards



Wednesday, July 29, 2020
at 4:00 PM

Insight Publications is excited to announce the 2021 Women of Influence in the New North Region Award winners. A panel of judges choose to honor the following women for making a difference in their communities and industries:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Susan May, Fox Valley Technical College
  • Corporate Leader: Heather Schimmers, Ascension Wisconsin
  • Business Owner: Natasha Torry, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Rooted Law, LLC
  • Mentor: Andrea Holdorf, Oshkosh Area School District
  • Difference Maker — Community: Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran, St. Norbert College
  • Difference Maker — Nonprofit: Rosangela Berbert, Samaritan Counseling Center
  • Young Influencer: Claire Paprocki, Brown County Health & Human Services
  • Resiliency Award: Yee Lee Vue, Appleton Public Library and co-owner of Bowl 91 and Little Siam

The winners will be honored during a luncheon on Aug. 3 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.

To show your support for these well deserved women, become a sponsor of this event. Contact a sales representative today to discuss sponsorship opportunities:
Stephanie Crowe [email protected] or Steve Dreger [email protected]

Please visit insightonbusiness.com/women to keep up to date with information on the Women of Influence in the New North Region luncheon.  Registration for this event is not available yet, please check back for updates and registration information.

Insight also would like to congratulate all of our nominees:

  • Jackie Anhalt, ThedaCare
  • Kate Baer, United Way of Sheboygan County
  • Kimberly Barrett, Lawrence University
  • Lisa Benson, Ledgeview Partners
  • Beth Borgen, Lakeland University
  • Sarah Bornemann, Lakeshore Technical College
  • Dana Brill, JDRF
  • Tammy Brzeczkowski, Dynamic Designs Unlimited, LLC
  • Tara Brzozowski, Element
  • Mary Burich, Schneider
  • Stephanie Carlin, Oshkosh Healthy Neighborhoods
  • Michelle Dejno, O’Connor Connective
  • Jessica Diederich, Freedom House Ministries
  • Alison Fiebig, The Boldt Co.
  • Sandy Fragale, Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists
  • Jennifer Frank, ThedaCare
  • Ann Franz, NEW Manufacturing Alliance
  • Sandy Friess, Wipfli LLP
  • Michelle Froehlke, R&R Insurance Services
  • Tammy Geenen, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
  • Julie Gile, Julie M. Gile Photography
  • Jodi Gonzales, Jodi Rose Studio, LLC
  • Milly Gonzales, HELP of Door County
  • Kate Guth, KLG Designs
  • Patti Habeck, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Jo Ann Hall, Moraine Park Technical College
  • Tiffany Holtz, Tiffany Holtz Real Estate Group
  • Beth Hudak, House of Hope
  • Sharon Hulce, Employment Resource Group, Inc.
  • Ginelle Hussin, The Boldt Co.
  • Jody Jedlicka, The Sisterhood of Success podcast
  • Joan Johnson, Reset.Life, Inc.
  • Vaya Lauren Jones, ThedaCare
  • Amber Keehan, Burger Boat Co.
  • Jayne Lang, Blaze Sports & Fitness
  • Holly Lifke, The Boldt Co.
  • Rachel Lom, “The Sisterhood of Success” podcast
  • Amy Meinhardt, Compassionate Connections Center
  • Jessica Neitzel, Accurate Imaging, Inc.
  • Bridget Krage O’Connor, O’Conner Connective
  • Sarah Pielhop, Pielhop Wieting Funeral Home
  • Nicole Polarek, Nature’s Way
  • Nina Nolan Rouse, St. Norbert College
  • Anne Smith, Lakeside Foods
  • Michelle Sternard, Nicolet National Bank
  • Denise Wittstock, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County
  • Chris Woleske, Bellin Health
  • Sheng Lee Yang, Us 2 Behavioral Health Care

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 “Sue 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.

POSTPONED – new date to be announced


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Individual: $50

Table of 10: $500


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


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Check back in January for more information on the Women of Influence Awards Luncheon.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Insight Sales Team at (920) 882-0491.