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October 22, 2013

Applications being accepted for 2014 Women of Influence awards

TERRE HAUTE — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Wabash Valley Women of Influence, who will be honored during a breakfast event April 10 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

This will be the third year for the program, which honors women who have demonstrated leadership, served as role models and made a positive difference in their communities.

Each year, about 400 people attend a breakfast at which the Women of Influence are honored. Last year, 10 women were honored and the year before, eight.

“We see it as a great opportunity to celebrate women and acknowledge what they do in their communities,” said Lisa Johnson, chair of the Women of Influence committee of the United Way of the Wabash Valley.

One of the recipients this past April was Nancy Brattain Rogers, ISU associate vice president for community engagement.

She said the recognition was important to her for several reasons. She was nominated by colleagues, “and it’s really nice to have my work acknowledged and valued by them.”

Rogers also believes there are many women in the Wabash Valley working to improve their community in such areas as literacy, the riverfront and poverty. “We don’t do a lot to recognize that effort,” she said. She likes the fact that with Women of Influence, “It’s women recognizing women for the work they do.”

Rogers’ parents came from West Central Illinois to attend the breakfast, and the organizing committee made the event special, she said.

The nomination process extends through 4 p.m. Nov. 12. Those submitting nominations are asked to fill out a nomination form, and, on a separate piece of paper, a description of why they believe the nominee is a woman of influence (in 500 words or less).

Nominators should give examples on the following: How is your nominee a mentor? How does she reflect her leadership skills? Describe how she is a role model. Give examples on how she has left a positive mark in the community.

The past two years, funds raised by Wabash Valley Women of Influence have gone to Success by 6, a United Way program designed to provide every child with the opportunity to develop basic reading skills.

The nomination form is available online at

Completed documents can be emailed to Dylan Riggen at or mailed to Wabash Valley Women of Influence; c/o United Way; 2901 Ohio Blvd., Suite 215; Terre Haute, IN 47803.

Nominations are being accepted for women in Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana, as well as Clark County in Illinois, but Johnson emphasized the program honors Wabash Valley women — and it isn’t limited to the six counties served by United Way.

The open nomination process “is extremely important,” Johnson said. This past year, the event had about 100 nominations and 50 names. A committee will review nominations and narrow them to about 25 finalists. The finalists will then answer a series of questions that help committee members determine those recognized as Women of Influence.

Presenting sponsors of the program are GE, Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Tribune-Star, Union Hospital and Vectren.

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