Distinguished Women

The 48th Annual Distinguished Women Awards Gala & Events

November 4, 2017
Cocktail Reception 6:30 pm followed by Gala & Awards at 7:30 pm
The H Hotel, Midland, Michigan

Presented By

Northwood University

48th Annual Distinguished Women Gala & Awards Registration


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The Distinguished Women Award

Forty-seven years ago, the Distinguished Women Award was created by the Northwood University Board of Trustees to honor the enormous contributions of women. The award is a recognition of excellence. The recipients represent the values Northwood espouses for its own students: commitment to free enterprise, the partnership of arts and business, and the management of global commerce. The honorees serve as role models for Northwood University students.

The Distinguished Women Award is bestowed at a multi-day celebration held annually and never given in absentia. The honorees receive their award in the form of a unique bronze medallion at an evening gala.

This event creates an occasion to bring Northwood University to the attention of those who share a dedication to its principles of higher education. We encourage the Distinguished Women to become involved with the University and its students, and to participate in the growth of the Distinguished Women Endowed Scholarship Fund.

For more information contact Ashleigh Summers, Director of Signature Programs & Special Gifts at 989.837.4465 or summersa@northwood.edu


2017 Honorees

Katie Bowman Coleman

Dealer/Owner of Bowman Chevrolet of Clarkston, Michigan

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Nominated by: Pam Boundy

Eileen A. Curtis

President and CEO of the Bay Area Community Foundation

Bay City, MI

Nominated by: Brenda Rowley (DW ’15)

Pamela Good

Executive Director of Non-Profit, Beyond Basics

Birmingham, MI

Nominated by: Susanne Forbes Dicker (DW ’84)

Patricia Leonard

Executive Director of The Charles M. Bauervic Foundation

Suttons Bay, MI

Nominated by: Kathryn Bolton

Catherine Monson

CEO and President of FASTSIGNS® International, Inc.

Carrollton, TX

Nominated by: Gov. William Wallace

Elyse M. Rogers

Successful writer, community activist, and philanthropist

Midland, MI

Nominated by: Tina Van Dam (DW ’01)

Judy Zehnder

President of Bavarian Inn Lodge

Frankenmuth, MI

Nominated by: Patricia Shaheen (DW ’16)


Nancy Barker

DW ’70

Yvonne Crum

DW ’01

Catherine Eklund Mares

DW ’03

Susanne Forbes Dicker

DW ’84

Marge Hohman

DW ’85

Tommie Pardue

DW ’02

Brenda Rowley

DW ’15

Patricia Rhodes-Prowse

DW ’11

Patricia Shaheen

DW ’16

Linda Solomon

DW ’02

Lynn Stinson

DW ’14

Pat Kerr Tigrett

DW ’11