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Inspire – Celebrating Women Leadership awards was created in 2015 as an avenue to honor influential and deserving women in our community, serving in fields such as business, government, philanthropy, education, health care and more. It’s a chance to recognize women having huge positive impacts on Lincoln and young women who are preparing to be the next such leaders. Since the inception of Inspire, we have had the honor of celebrating over 300 such Lincoln female leaders.

Since then, it has grown into an entire community with regular events, a monthly newsletter and videos to connect women leaders and their supporters. Along with our scholarship sponsor, Union Bank & Trust, we have been able to offer $50,000 to local high school students to pursue their educational goals.



Sponsored by 

Advisory Board

Connie Edmond, Managing Partner, WRL CPA

Connie Edmond

Managing Partner

Robin Eschliman

Robin Eschliman

Eschliman Commercial Real Estate

Peter Ferguson, Youth Development Coordinator, Lincoln Public Schools

Peter Ferguson

Youth Development Coordinator
Lincoln Public Schools

Ava Thomas, President and Publisher, Lincoln Journal Star

Ava Thomas

President West Region
Lee Enterprises

Natalia Wiita

Natalia Wiita

Lincoln Journal Star

Sarah Wischhof

Sarah Wischhof

Assistant Vice President – Marketing
Union Bank & Trust

Ashley Abramson, Director of Marketing, Hausmann Construction

Ashley Abramson

Director of Marketing
Hausmann Construction

Aakriti Agrawal, Senior Data Governance Specialist at Ameritas/Co-Founder of Girls Code Lincoln

Aakriti Agrawal

Senior Data Governance Specialist at Ameritas
Co-Founder of Girls Code Lincoln

Charlie Foster, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Student Excellence, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Charlie Foster

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusive Student Excellence
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Staci Haas, Director of Product – Consumer Services, Nelnet

Staci Haas

Director of Product – Consumer Services

Jen Landis

Jen Landis

Assistant Professor of Practice
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Meagan Liesveld

Meagan Liesveld

Executive Director
United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County

James Overcash, Partner, Woods Aitken,

James Overcash

Woods Aitken

Diane Temme Stinton, Chief Executive Officer, TMCO, Inc.

Diane Temme Stinton

Chief Executive Officer
TMCO, Inc.

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