Aspire Announces Finalists for Women Leaders Awards

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance | | 3.6.24

Awards recognize an individual and a company that are leading the way to support and elevate women in leadership

Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance today announced the finalists for its 2024 Women Leaders awards. The Champion of Women Award recognizes an organization that prioritized women in leadership and provided women with opportunities for growth, both inside and outside their workforces. The Woman Leader of the Year Award recognizes a woman who has made a significant contribution to her company or organization as an influencer, leader, and ally. The winner in each category will be revealed at the Woman Leaders Workshop on March 8. The event will be held at the Valle Vista Golf and Conference Center.

Finalists by award and category are:

  • Champion of Women – AECOM Hunt, Everyday Leaders, Spotlight Strategies, Stage I Dance Academy
  • Woman Leader of the Year – Melahni Ake with Everyday Leaders, Andrea Munn with Tilson HR, Gail Richards with Johnson County Community Foundation, Katie Stahlhut with Stage I Dance Academy

“Aspire is proud to recognize the contributions of these award nominees and the impact of women in leadership in our community,” said Aspire Vice President of Investor Development and Relations, Angela Vandersteen.

“Our local businesses have created friendly and supportive work environments that encourage growth and advancement. We are grateful for the opportunity to highlight these amazing organizations and leaders who make it all possible.”

As the state recognized economic development organization for Johnson County and its chamber of commerce, Aspire believes the Women Leaders Workshop is a platform to focus on the contributions women make in the business community and provide further leadership training. Last year, Aspire added quarterly leadership development programming for women and is continuing to offer these sessions in 2024.

Aspire’s 2024 Women Leaders Workshop is presented by Johnson Memorial Hospital. The awards program is presented by Ageless Aesthetics and VisionQuest Eyecare.