Posted Online: Jan. 29, 2013, 11:02 am

Women's Connection honors emerging women leaders

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Press release submitted by Women's Connection


On January 23, 350 women leaders gathered for the Women's Connection "Women in Leadership" event featuring U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow, on the topic "Find Your Voice: Perspectives on Passion in Life and Leadership." During the event 15 outstanding regional women were honored as Emerging Women Leaders for their exceptional leadership initiative and high academic achievement, and for making a difference in their school and community.

"The purpose of Women's Connection's Emerging Women Leaders Recognition Program is to raise up and honor regional female collegiate students who are excelling as leaders both academically and within their communities," says Women's Connection Co-Executive Director Nancy Renkes. "We believe it's important to bring along the next generation of women leaders."

Through participation in the Emerging Women Leaders Program, regional colleges and universities including Ashford University, Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community College District, Palmer College of Chiropractic, St. Ambrose University, Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dubuque and Western Illinois University Quad Cities have the opportunity to honor their outstanding women leaders. The January, 2013 honorees and their schools are as follows:

Ashford University
Nkemdilim Okwumabua
Brittany Zinser

Augustana College
Clare Kilbride
Alexandra Piper

Black Hawk College
Kylee Fox
Rachel Pitchford

Clinton Community College
Teresa Smith

Muscatine Community College
Kimberly Sloan

Scott Community College
Sabrina Brooks

St. Ambrose University
Jennifer Arnold
Emma Williams

Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Corina Bakoylis
Megan McCullough

Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Nicole Beals
Cynthia Richardson


Women's Connection is privileged to raise up and honor these exceptional women in our community. For more information about membership or upcoming events for Women's Connection, log onto www.womens-connection.org or call (309)631-0167. The "Women in Leadership" series is presented by Alcoa, Inc., St. Ambrose University and Merrill Lynch. Women's Connection 15th Anniversary sponsors are the Riverboat Development Authority and DHCU Community Credit Union.

Women's Connection is one of the largest women's organizations in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Key partners are Royal Neighbors of America and Trinity Regional Health System. The mission of the Women's Connection is to inspire, educate, connect and empower women.