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Purpose of the Award

To honor business and professional women living or working in Steele County who have distinguished themselves in their careers and impacted our community. A panel of independent and impartial judges chooses a final recipient.

Criteria for Woman of Achievement Nominee:

  • Nominees should live and/or work in the Owatonna and Steele County community and represent the mission of the Owatonna Business Women to promote personal empowerment, professional development and political awareness.
  • Nominees do not need to be a current/former member of the Owatonna Business Women.

Nominees should demonstrate success and/or have an impact in some or all of the following areas:

  • Successful achievement in their career.
  • Assistance to others in their careers; or assistance to youth and young careerists.
  • Volunteer effort in service/professional organizations.
  • Public policy activity, empowerment or awareness particularly on behalf of women/family issues in the workplace.
  • Other leadership roles within the community.
Special Note for 2021: Woman of Achievement nominations will still be accepted in 2021, but no individual honorees or awards will be presented this year. Any nominations received in 2021 will be saved and considered in 2022. 

To nominate: please complete the online nomination form or complete the fillable PDF nomination form.

Mail to:
Owatonna Business Women (OBW) Nominating Committee
PO Box 942
Owatonna, MN 55060

Or email to OBW Nominations

Please indicate in the subject line: WOA

A panel of 3 judges will determine the Woman of Achievement; however, the information on the nomination form helps us narrow the field of candidates to approximately five women prior to judging. The information that you provide is helpful in the initial phase and for contacting the nominee.

You may submit more than one nominee.

NOTE: INCOMPLETE OR APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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