2022 Women of Distinction

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2022 Women of Distinction

Since 1975, the YWCA Rock County Women of Distinction Awards has honored more than 260 individuals and organizations who have improved women’s lives through community service, professional achievement, integrity, leadership, and dedication to the well-being of others.

The YWCA Rock County is pleased to announce its 47th Annual Women of Distinction Awards will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 5:30pm at the Glen Erin Golf Club/Celtic House in Janesville.

The event recognizes women, young women and businesses or organizations who serve as outstanding role models for others in Rock County. The YWCA presents Women of Distinction Awards and Young Women of Distinction Awards (21 and younger) to women and young women who have shown strong achievement in their work and personal lives, and who have given back to their communities in the spirit of the advancement of other women. Many have been trailblazers in their professions, pathfinders for social justice, or young women on the rise, bringing forth key issues facing Rock County women and girls.

Tickets will be available for $60 each. The evening includes cocktails, a seated dinner and a program featuring the work of the YWCA and the Women of Distinction awards presentation. In addition to honoring outstanding local women, the event raises funds for victims of domestic violence and programs that empower women through the YWCA’s Transitions for Women program.

For information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kari Dray, 608-752-5445, Ext. 206, or email kdray@ywcarockco.com.

2022 Women of Distinction Nomination

YWCA Rock County invites you to participate in our Annual Women of Distinction Awards by nominating a woman, young woman (21and under) who has made a significant impact in our community and achieved personal & professional success.
  • About the Nominee

  • Tell us about yourself:

  • Please answer each of the following questions with 250 words or less. Submit this Nomination Form and any other supporting materials or letters to the YWCA Rock County by 4PM, Monday, January 24, 2022. Letters of support: If your nominee has achieved success at work, at church, by assisting a nonprofit organization, etc., please submit letters of support. These help the selection committee get to know more about the nominee. Please provide no more than two letters of support.

  • (Examples: How has the nominee influenced the lives of others? How has she helped women and girls achieve their goals? Is she a role model in her profession or in a volunteer capacity?)
  • (Examples: How has she proactively strengthened policies, practices, attitudes and/or actions that are creating equity for everyone? How is she involved in women’s issues? How has she worked to eliminate racism and make the Rock County community more inclusive and equitable?)
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      Submit this Nomination Form and any other supporting materials or letters to the YWCA Rock County by 4 p.m., Monday, January 24, 2022. If your nominee has achieved success at work, at church, by assisting a nonprofit organization, etc., no more than two letters of support may be submitted. These help the selection committee get to know more about the nominee.

    2021 Recipients:

    Tasha Bell

    Equity Manager, Rock County Human Services (starting June 1, 2021)

    Robin Bye

    Student Data Coordinator, School District of Beloit

    Jennie Krajeck

    Sales Account Executive, LAMAR Outdoor Advertising

    Rosamaria Laursen

    Instructional Leadership Biliteracy Coordinator, School District of Beloit

    Tess Nguyen

    Owner/Writer, Janesville Area Stories

    Genia Stevens

    Owner, Belwah Media and Founder & Executive Director, Rock County Jumpstart

    2021 Corporate Award of Merit Recipient: HealthNet of Rock County

    The award recognizes businesses and organizations in Rock County that work to improve the quality of life in the community. Recipients of this award also must serve as role models and support policies, practices and attitudes in the advancement of women.

    Learn About Corpprate Award Recipient