WILMA’s 2019 Women to Watch Awards

Meet this year's Women to Watch finalists

On October 11, we recognize the thirty-five women selected as finalists for the 2019 WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards. We’ll also announce the winners for the seven categories, area women who are making a mark in their fields.

Read about those dynamic women in the following pages. Their contributions to the community are varied but equally impressive.

Through hundreds of nominations and applications, their work stood out to our panel of outside judges who had the difficult task of weighing the accomplishments.

In this issue, we introduce this year’s finalists in arts, business, education, health, nonprofit/volunteer, public service, and rising star. The rising star category is the only one with an age description and is open to those under thirty.

The Categories

To see the finalists for the ARTS category, click here.

To see the finalists for the BUSINESS category, click here.

To see the finalists for the EDUCATION category, click here.

To see the finalists for the HEALTH category, click here.

To see the finalists for the NONPROFIT/VOLUNTEER category, click here.

To see the finalists for the PUBLIC SERVICE category, click here.

To see the finalists for the RISING STAR category, click here.

The Judging Process

Each year, WILMA opens up the nominations process for the Women to Watch Awards during the summer.

Our judging panel – made up of women leaders who sit on the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative’s advisory board as well as outside guests – pick the finalists and winners in each of the seven categories.

WILMA would like to thank the judges for volunteering their time and expertise on the awards.

The Judges

  • Stefanie Adams
  • Donna Esteves
  • Lily Loizeaux
  • Dana Cook
  • Kelly Schaudt
  • Wanda Coley
  • Chrissy Hoskins
  • Kendall Hurt
  • Justine Reel
  • Ruth Ravitz Smith
  • Deloris Rhodes
  • Amy Grant
  • Tammy Proctor


Finalists bios by Jenny Callison, Johanna Cano, Vicky Janowski, and Lori Wilson

Photos by Chris Brehmer, Erin Costa, Megan Deitz, T.J. Drechsel, Kevin Kleitches, Michael Cline Spencer, and Terah Wilson

Awards bracelet design by Mitzi Jonkheer

Categories: Women to Watch