Women of Influence

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Event Details:

May 23, 2024 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center
2021 State St.
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Cost: Registration is CLOSED

Event Contact:

Lucas Hayes
(319) 665-6397
[email protected]

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Contact Lauren Grask
[email protected]

Join the Quad Cities Regional Business Journal for the inaugural Women of Influence Awards!

John Lohman and the Corridor Business Journal staff have been hosting the Women of Influence Awards in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area for 20 years, and are thrilled to be bringing this event to the Quad Cities to recognize, honor, and celebrate 10 women who have made an impression on the Quad Cities community. These women are role models and leaders at work and in the community, mentoring and lifting up others, and trailblazing for future generations of influential women. This event will also honor one Emerging Woman of Influence, age 35 and younger, who is poised to take on larger community-wide roles in the years to come.

The QCBJ’s Women of Influence Awards are separate from, and will take the place of, the past ATHENA Leadership Awards, which was acquired last year by the QCBJ from Women Lead Change.

New ticket option for 2024: Experience visibility like never before with our Premium Event Tables!

These exclusive premium event tables ensure event attendees are seated front and center, prominently featuring your company's name. Your company will be listed on the table chart sent to attendees before the event and printed at the check-in table.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your company, bring and impress clients, or even donate table space to a nonprofit on behalf of your organization.

Limited quantities available.

Our 2024 Honorees
Debbie Anselm, Executive Director at Iowa Newspaper Association
Cathy Edwards, CEO at Edwards Creative
Laura “Divot” Ekizian, President and Chief Relationship Officer at Quad City Bank & Trust
Lynsey Engels, President, Real Estate Brokerage at Mel Foster Co.
KIT “Dr. Kit” Evans-Ford, Founder & Director at Argrow’s House of Healing and Hope and CEO at Autistic & Loved
Diane Nelson, CEO at Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
Dr. Sue Rector, Surgeon & President at Mississippi Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
Paula Sands, News Anchor and Host of Paula Sands Live at KWQC-TV6
Jenni Swanson, Workplace Consultant at Lincoln Office
LaDrina Wilson, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Iman Consulting

Haley DeGreve, Communications Manager at John Deere and Founder at The Gray Matters Collective

Get Your Tickets to the Women of Influence event

Cost: Registration is CLOSED



What does the Women of Influence event include?

Dinner, awards ceremony, networking before and after event.


What is the dress code for this event?

We suggest a business formal or semi-formal dress for this event.


When does registration end?

Ticket sales close exactly one week prior to the event on May 15. *All dietary restrictions must be submitted a week prior to the event. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


What is your refund & cancellation policy?

If you are unable to attend the event you have purchased a ticket for, refunds can be processed, less the transaction fee, up to one week before the event. Event attendees are locked in one week before the event, and refunds cannot be given after that date. Please reach out to Jean Suckow to request a refund at [email protected] or by calling 319-665-6397.

In cases of inclement weather, the Quad Cities Regional Business Journal will assess the situation and will alert all attendees if the event will be postponed or canceled. Refunds will not be offered if the postponed event is held. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, they may be exchanged for a different event of the same value, free of charge, subject to availability.


I’ve purchased a ticket(s), do I receive a physical one?

No. There are no physical tickets. Attendees are asked to check-in at the registration table prior to the event.


How are winners selected?

A selection committee of non-QCBJ employees will determine recipients.


When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced 7-8 weeks prior to the event on the Quad Cities Regional Business Journal website and published in the paper.


What is the QCBJ?

The Quad Cities Business Journal (QCBJ) covers news that is of interest, use and importance for anyone who does business in the Quad Cities. QCBJ is not part of a chain. The newspaper is owned and operated independently by John and Aspen Lohman. A portion of each issue is dedicated to one sector of the business community. Among many other focus issues, these topics range from diversity to small business, to politics & elections and banking. We also publish a host of supplemental materials.


Where can I get more information?

For editorial information, contact the newsroom ([email protected]) For subscription information, contact Jean Suckow ([email protected]) For advertising information, contact Lauren Grask ([email protected])


Questions about sponsorship opportunities?

For sponsorship information, contact Lauren Grask at [email protected]