Nine women leaders will be inducted into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame at a gala event on May 1, 2018 at Golden Valley Country Club. This year’s honorees join close to 70 previous inductees, including Marilyn Carlson, Leeann Chin, Rhoda Olsen and Marilyn Dahlquist.
“People find this event so inspiring because these women had beautiful dreams and achieved them through sheer determination and grit. People love stories of others who survive despite all the odds,” said Mary Quist-Newins, president of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-MN), in a statement. “When many of these women started their businesses, there were no women role models. Even today, only 7.5 percent of working-age women in Minnesota own a business.”
The Minnesota Business Owners Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to honor women who made substantial and lasting contributions to Minnesota’s entrepreneurial community. Each inductee must have:
- Made a major impact on women’s entrepreneurial development in Minnesota
- A meaningful connection to Minnesota (such as place of birth, education and/or business location)
- Demonstrated leadership qualities or a spirit of entrepreneurial innovation that can serve as an inspiration to future generations of Minnesota entrepreneurs
- Been publicly acknowledged for their accomplishments by winning a major business award and/or receiving similar recognition from their industry
This year’s honorees are:
- Mary Jo Copeland, Caring & Sharing Hands, Minneapolis.
- Cathy Cruz Gooch, Catallia Mexican Foods, Eagan.
- Valerie Doherty, Doherty Staffing Solutions, Minneapolis.
- Linda J. Hartinger, Anchor Paper, St. Paul. (Posthumous)
- Robin Kocina, Media Relations Agency, Burnsville.
- Beth Leonard, Lurie, LLP, Minneapolis.
- Nancy J. Libersky, Small Business Association, Minneapolis.
- Kathleen Meyer, Meyer Contracting, Maple Grove.
- Nelle Palmer, Lowell Inn, Stillwater. (Posthumous)
Information on the gala can be found at mnhalloffame.com.