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Women of the Year 2020

Women of the Year 2020


Get Virtual Viewing Tickets for Women of the Year

For questions regarding Women of the Year Sponsorship or Tickets please contact Morgan Svingen at msvingen@ywcacassclay.org or 701.232.2547.


Donate on behalf of one of the nominees

…or other inspirational woman in your life. Donations made during the event are matched thanks to the generosity of Dakota Medical Foundation.


Submit your nominee ideas for Women of the Year 2021

When nominations open in January, we will send you a reminder of your nomination ideas, plus a copy of the nomination form.



Since 1973, we have been shining a spotlight on exceptional women. They are leaders, mentors, visionaries, angels, and heroes. Help us highlight women who shape the Fargo-Moorhead community. You will honor her and inspire others when you nominate a woman or business with passion, service, and significant achievements to be recognized at this widely-celebrated event.

This year’s Women of the Year event will be held on September 10, 2020 at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo.

Join us from the comfort of home as we celebrate the accomplishments of 32 amazing nominees. To best adhere to coronavirus safety recommendations and make our nominees feel most comfortable, YWCA has chosen to take this event virtual in 2020. Instead, your gift of $44 provides a night of shelter for a woman or child in need right here in our community at YWCA Emergency Shelter – PLUS gives you live event coverage with a virtual viewing ticket, ensuring you have exclusive access and first-hand knowledge of our 2020 Women of the Year honorees!

Congratulations to our Women of the Year 2020 nominees:

Sue Anderson
(Gate City Bank)

Rachael Boyer
(The Home Authority, Inc.)

Julene Brown
(Essentia Health)

Kari Bucholz
(Haley’s Hope)

Sara DCamp
(Love Your Buns)

Sarah DeVries
(Eide Bailly)

Jenessa Fillipi
(Down Home)

Jillian Gould
(Gladys Ray Shelter)

Dr. Stephanie Hanson
(Sanford Health)

Kathy Hunstad
(Trinity Lutheran Church)

Erica Johnsrud
(Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley)

Leah Juelke
(South High School)

Jeanine Larson
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Premier Properties & Heritage Homes)

Amy Longtin
(Tharaldson Hospitality Management)

Kish Mackin
(4 Luv of Dog Rescue & Down Dog Studio, LLC)

Pam McGee
(Minnesota State University Moorhead)

Karla Nelson
(Minnesota State University Moorhead)

Laura Ness Owens

Jessica Offerman
(Impact Foundation)

Jenny Olson
(Recovery Reinvented: State of North Dakota)

Katie Oster
(Oak Grove Lutheran School)

Gloria Palm Connor
(Beyond Realty, Inc.)

Anna Sather
(YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties)

Briana Scearcy
(Stoneridge Software)

Abrar Sharfi
(South High School Student)

Melissa Sobolik
(Great Plains Food Bank)

Trish Tallakson
(Clarity Counseling)

Sharon White Bear
(Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation East Segment)

Melissa (Williams) Kaiser
(CAWS North Dakota)

Dear NICU Mama

Gate City Bank

Leela and Lavender


Nominations are accepted each year in 13 different categories.

  • Advocating for Equality
  • Arts & Culture
  • Business Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Communications
  • Community & Volunteer Service
  • Education
  • Faith Community
  • Health & Wellness
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Science & Technology
  • Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow
  • Youth Advocacy
  • Leader in Women’s Empowerment

For a list of past Women of the Year honorees, click here.