The Woman Today Hosts First Annual ‘Recognizing Women as a Driving Force’

Several women were awarded for their work Tuesday during the inaugural Women as a Driving Force awards hosted by The Woman Today magazine.

More than 50 women were nominated for the awards, presented before a crowd of more than 100 people at the Northland Country Club.

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson began the program as the keynote speaker.

Nancy Rogers, chair of the Northern Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross, received the Most Engaged Volunteer Award, which recognizes a woman who goes above and beyond and works in the region for the good of all.

The Silent Advocate, which recognizes a woman who silently helps her community and neighbors, was received by Mary Wilkinson, an advocate for children at risk.

The Leadership Award recognizes outstanding achievement. The award went to Lynn Haglin, whose leadership at the Northland Foundation has shaped award-winning early childhood, youth and intergenerational programs.

Joscelyn Skandel, chair of the Northern Minnesota March of Dimes, received the Moxie Award, presented to a woman who has shown exceptional courage and determination.

Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, received the Mentor Award, which recognizes a woman who been an experienced and trusted advisor to those around her.

Kelly Finnegan, a mother, grandmother, volunteer, farmer and sales assistant to three Duluth brokers, received the Rosie Award. The award is named after Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon that represents American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II. The award recognizes a woman “we all know who simply gets stuff done.”

The Woman Today, established in 1996, was purchased by Forum Communications Company in late 2015.