The Iowa chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners Iowa(NAWBO Iowa) announced the recipients awards presented at its annual “Celebration of Excellence” on November 19 at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines.
Mary Andringa, Chair of the Board of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa will be honored with the NAWBO Iowa Legacy Award and be inducted into the NAWBO Iowa Hall of Fame. T. Waldmann-Williams, Ph.D., owner of TWW Consulting LLC, will receive NAWBO Iowa’s Advocate of the Year Award.
The reception for the honorees begins at 11:30 with the program and luncheon at noon.
NAWBO Iowa Hall of Fame Legacy Award – Mary Andringa
Mary Andringa, Chair of the Board following her recent transition from President and CEO of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, is the second business leader to receive the NAWBO Iowa Hall of Fame Legacy Award. Last year it was presented for the first time to Connie Wimer, President and CEO of Business Publications Corporation Inc. in Des Moines.
Andringa is one of 18 private sector members of President Obama’s Export Council and recently concluded her two-year term as chair of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). She was inducted into IndustryWeek’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2013 and is a past member of the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee. Andringa has been named one of the Top 100 CEOs in STEM by STEMconnector® and recently completed a two-year team as the co-chair of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. She currently provides her leadership as a citizen volunteer to the Iowa Board of Regents and is involved in the boards of Herman Miller Company and Milliken & Company, in addition to Vermeer.
NAWBO Iowa Advocate of the Year – T. Waldmann-Williams
T. Waldmann-Williams, Ph.D., owner of TWW Consulting LLC, has given to NAWBO at national, regional, and local levels for almost 20 years. She joined the NAWBO Central Iowa board in 2010 and a year later was a tri-president and then a co-president. While serving on the board, Waldmann-Williams held several leadership and support roles including public policy, financial, programs, membership, nominating, and Summit conference committees, and presented at several Summit conferences and monthly programs. She helped lead the transition from NAWBO Central Iowa to NAWBO Iowa by rewriting the bylaws to include co-leadership roles and the organization’s new satellite structure; spearheaded a satellite group in a multi-county area; and co-created NAWBO Iowa’s Past President’s group. At the national level, she assisted NAWBO chapters around the nation; served on national membership, awards, and nominating committees; and shared her expertise in the areas of leadership and governance.