Women of Distinction Banquet is an annual event carried out by YWCA’s across the United States that focuses on our ‘unsung heroes.’ These are Women who exhibit strong leadership skills, advocate for positive social change, or even demonstrate a commitment to her community and to the mission of the YWCA.
This event is an opportunity to recognize and honor women in a variety of areas in our local community who have contributed significantly and serve as a role model to other women. The YWCA Minot presents this award to women whose lives; talents; passions; and resources improved or are improving the communities in which they live. This award honors women who have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and integrity in their fields and in the community.
The Nominee can be nominated by anyone, and can be anyone. Although this banquet is designed to honor women, we would like to invite men and women alike.
Women of Distinction: Categories for Individuals Arts & Communications: Any woman contributing in the areas of visual or written communications, media, music and all creative arts whose works and art exemplifies the strength of women and girls and the vision of equality. Business: Women will be considered from all levels in the business world: business owners, managers, employees and entrepreneurs. Nominees may be employed by a profit or nonprofit organizations and demonstrate their professionalism through ambition, organizational effectiveness and ethical leadership. Community Service: This woman contributes greatly to the quality of life in the community through political involvement, public service, government, and social service. She may be elected, appointed, or hired. Education: Women working as teachers, administrators or support staff in early childcare, elementary, secondary, higher education, nontraditional settings or community education who nurture, empower and inspire their students. Energy Services: You may find her working somewhere in a power plant, in the oil field, at the Garrsion damn, or on the wind turbines. She may even be an electrician. Entrepreneur: This is a go-getter building their own business and lifestyle. They decided that working for someone else just wasn't in the stars for them but that had something big to contribute to the world. This lady has started her own business. Faith Community: This woman has made a significant contribution in bringing the mission and vision of the faith community to life by empowering others to do ministry through her leadership in work related or volunteer activities. Farming & Agriculture: She may be a women working on her family’s farm or out in the fields. This includes the wives who spend their days making sure everything is running smoothly on their family farm or the women who is busy finding out new information on the latest grains and growing methods in the NDSU extension center. Health: This woman contributes greatly to the quality of life in the health care profession. All areas of health will be considered. Lifetime Achievement (Yvonne Romine Schultz): This woman must be at least 55 years of age and have demonstrated a long-term commitment to equality, empowering women and girls and/or eliminating racism. She exemplifies integrity and displays compassion for humanity. Military: This woman has made significant contributions through her work in the military as enlisted/officer/spouse, in the community, and among her fellow personnel. Women from all ranks and spouses will be considered. Professional: Women will be considered from all areas of professional occupations including doctors, nurses, attorneys, dentists, CPAs, architects, and engineers. Nominees demonstrate professionalism through ambition, organizational effectiveness, and ethical leadership in their chosen field. Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow: This young woman serves as a role model for other women in her community by demonstrating exceptional leadership, scholastic ability, volunteer service or special achievements and is between 12 and 25 years of age.
Women of Distinction: Category for Businesses Business/Organization that Empowers Women: This business or organization has proven its dedication to the advancement of women by empowering them socially, economically, and professionally. This category is for businesses only. For individuals, see the Business category above.