Women United



United Way of Bemidji Area invites you to submit a nomination for the Women United Tribute Awards Breakfast on October 26, 2023, held at Bemidji State University’s Beaux Arts Ballroom from 8:30-10 am. Awards will be given to nominated women who have used passion, expertise, and resources to impact the Bemidji community. Event tickets will be available on September 1, 2023.

The event will highlight women who have made a difference in the Bemidji area by giving of their time, talents, and/or gifts. All community members are encouraged to nominate a deserving woman in the Bemidji area. Women United is a group of community-minded women who provide the opportunities and support it takes to build successful lives through United Way’s building blocks of Health, Education, and Basic Needs.

Nominations for awards will be accepted until September 15, at 5 pm. 

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS Any individual, corporation, agency, civic organization, school, place of worship or other group may nominate a deserving woman for EITHER an Emerging Leader (1 award/year) or Women United Tribute Award (4 awards/year). Awards are given to women who have made the Bemidji community (defined as Bemidji School District boundaries) a better place to live. Please see Award Criteria below. Previous winners may not be re-nominated. Nominations for women who have been previously nominated but have not received awards may be submitted. You cannot nominate a relative, a woman running for political office during an election year, or United Way staff and Tribute Award committee members.   


Women United Impact Breakfasts run 8:30-10:00 AM

Bemidji State University, Beaux Arts Ballroom

October 26, 2023

February 1, 2024

April 11, 2024

July 11, 2024

October 24, 2024

Previous Women United Tribute Award Recipients:


Andrea Kent, Jeanne Edevold Larson, Diane Pittman, Noemi Aylesworth, Lori Paris


Samantha Nienow, Simone Senogles, Rebecca Hoffman, Cate Belleveau, Lou Ann Knorr


Sue Engel, Ruth Sherman, Joy Johnson, Andrea Kingbird, Rita Albrecht


Tiffany Fettig, Sandy Hennum, Tuleah Palmer, Jeri Francis, Julia Plum


Cynthia Borgen, Ashlea McMartin, Barb Houg, Riki Scheela, Robin Wold


Kayla Winkler, Becky Secore, Kay Mack, Natasha Kingbird, Sarah Guida