Distinguished Women

The 49th Annual Distinguished Women Awards Gala & Events

September 29, 2018

Cocktail Reception 6:30 pm followed by Gala & Awards at 7:00 pm

Midland Country Club, Midland, Michigan

Presented By

Northwood University
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About The Distinguished Women Award

Forty-nine 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


2018 Honorees

Check back soon for Honoree photos and bios!

Roberta (Bobbie) Arnold

President and CEO of Charles J. Strosacker Foundation

Mary Callaghan Lynch

professional opera singer, founder of Motor City Lyric Opera, and Vocalist with Lynch and Sons Funeral Directors

Karen S. Carter

Chief Inclusion Officer at Dow Chemical

Dolly Clement

Executive Director of the Robert W. Plaster Foundation

Lisa Phillips

Principal of Cass Technical High School

Annette Rummel

President/CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureaus of Bay County, Midland County and Saginaw County

Linda Schinkel Rodney

Shinkle Fine Arts


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