Nominations Open For 2016 Women Of The Year Awards


YWCA Cass Clay is now accepting nominations for the 43rd Annual Women of the Year awards through Friday, February 19, 2016.  Since 1973, YWCA has been shining a spotlight on exceptional women. They are leaders, mentors, visionaries, angels and heroes.

Women of the Year recipients will be announced during the event to be held on Monday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Proceeds from the event support the mission and programs of YWCA Cass Clay.

Help us highlight women who shape Fargo-Moorhead. This year, we are excited to announce new categories that further reflect the notable work of women in our community. You will honor her and inspire others when you nominate a woman or business in one of the following thirteen categories:

Categories for Individuals

  • Advocating for Equality:  Any woman whose work or community involvement brings respect, inclusion, and equal rights for all people. She challenges discriminatory practices and advocates to eliminate barriers so our community welcomes all.
  • Arts & Culture:  Any woman who contributes in creative arts or preserves the rich culture of Cass and Clay counties so that life here is immensely richer. She inspires an interest in local arts and culture while advocating for its preservation.
  • Business:  Women will be considered from all levels in the business world: business owners, managers, employees, and entrepreneurs. Nominees may be employed by profit or non-profit organizations and serve as role models of passion, big thinking, taking risks, and getting it done.
  • Communications:  Women who color outside the lines and weave masterful stories through marketing, advertising, and/or public relations. Women who inspire others through innovation while representing women as a powerful force in the field of communications.
  • Community & Volunteer Service:  Any woman who has graciously volunteered her time to make a difference in our community or has impacted others through public service. She pours energy into a cause and draws out the passion in others.
  • Education:  Women who shape the future working as teachers, administrators, or support staff in child care, elementary, secondary, higher education, non-traditional settings or community education. They nurture, empower, and spark their students to be more, do more, and serve more.
  • Faith Community:  This woman has made a significant contribution in bringing the mission and vision of the faith community to life by invigorating others to do ministry through her leadership.
  • Health & Wellness:  Any woman working in physical, mental, or spiritual health who empowers the whole person through her energy, adaptability, and prevention efforts.
  • Lifetime Achievement (Florence Reed Owens):  This woman must have the wisdom of 55+ years 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.
  • Science & Technology:  Any woman who thrives on technology, engineering, and/or science and utilizes her talents to improve our community while actively mentoring other women to join these important fields.
  • Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow:  This young woman is creating a brighter future for us all. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership, scholastic ability, volunteer service, or made bold achievements (ages 15-22).
  • Youth Advocacy:  Any woman who is an advocate for the health and well-being of youth; either by engaging in advocacy efforts on behalf of youth or working directly to make the future better and brighter by equipping our young people.

Category for Business

  • Leader in Women’s Empowerment:  This business or organization has proven remarkable dedication to advance women by empowering them to thrive socially, economically, and professionally.

Nomination forms are available on the YWCA website at or at the YWCA Cass Clay administrative office, located at 3100 12th Ave. N. in Fargo. For tickets and sponsorship information, please call Bethany at (701) 232-2547 or email