“Bring your whole self to work, not just your business skills.” That was Emily Schmitt’s advice for the business professionals, faculty, staff, and female college students in attendance at the second annual Ivy Women in Business Awards ceremony, held March 27, at the Iowa State University Alumni Center.
The Ivy Women in Business Awards honor women in business and those who work to inspire and advance the careers of women. There was a full house in the Reiman Ballroom as members of the student organization Collegiate Women in Business presented awards to four deserving recipients. The award winners shared their personal stories, company legacy, and words of inspiration for future business and civic leaders.
Schmitt (’08), general counsel for Sukup Manufacturing Co., received the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, which honors alumnae who have distinguished themselves early in their career for their remarkable achievements.
Kate Banasiak (’05), president and CEO of Diversified Management Services, received the Inspiration Award, which recognizes women who have made a significant impact in their career and have inspired other women in business to become leaders and reach their full potential.
The Champion Award honors individuals, businesses, or organizations serving as champions to inspire, lead, and encourage women. There were two winners in this category:
- Leslie Buttorff (’80), chair of the Board of Directors, Quintel-MC
- Principal, a global financial investment management and insurance company with headquarters in Des Moines.
Dan Houston (’84) accepted the award on behalf of the Principal team. Houston is chairman, president, and CEO of Principal and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Ivy College of Business.
The Ivy Women in Business Awards ceremony was sponsored by the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business and the Collegiate Women in Business student organization.