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Women of the Year

Women of the Year

YWCA Cass Clay held its 48th Annual Women of the Year event on Monday, April 26, 2021. YWCA hosted nominees and their guests in person, while welcoming the rest of their incredible supporters virtually. This year’s event honored 40 women and businesses from Cass and Clay counties whose lives, talents, and passions shape our community.
The evening culminated in the announcement of the 2021 YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year recipients in 12 different categories.


Back row, from left: Sarah Nikle, Cassie Kasowski, Holly Anderson, Lisa Hanson, Charlene Kuznia, Holly Erickson, Christy Tehven. Front row, from left: Laetitia Hellerud, Carolyn Strnad, Agnes Harrington, Hamida Dakane, Karen Stensrud.

Congratulations to our 2021 YWCA Women of the Year Recipients!

Laetitia Hellerud
Ubuntu Consulting

Advocating for Equality

Christy Tehven
Love Always Floral

Arts & Culture

Charlene Kuznia
Down Home

Business Management & Entrepreneurship

Karen Stensrud
Bell Bank


Hamida Dakane
Afro American Development Association

Community & Volunteer Service

Holly Erickson
Heritage Middle School


Lisa Hanson
Atonement Lutheran Church & The Next Step ND

Faith Community

Cassie Kasowski
Beth’s Place

Health & Wellness

Edward Jones

Leader in Women’s Empowerment

Holly Anderson
Elinor Coatings

Science & Technology

Carolyn Strnad
Clay County Community Collaborative

Youth Advocacy

Agnes Harrington

Florence Reed Owens Lifetime Achievement


See photos from the 2021 YWCA Women of the Year event





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



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

Download category descriptions


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