After being nominated, each nominee was asked to submit a personal statement and other information about them. They then participated in a "meet and greet" with the panel of judges, hailing from all over the Central Oregon business and academic community. While each of the winners is highlighted in the print edition this week (and online here), we wanted to take a moment to recognize the nominees.
I can say for a fact that not a single one of them didn't belong, or didn't possess the qualities deserving of the award for which they were nominated. So to them, congrats for being you!
Here are the 2020 nominees:
Young Hero Awardsponsored by Webfoot
Marli von Heideken
Community Hero Awardsponsored by Johnson Benefit Planning
Matina Ferlander Christophersen
Advancing Women Awardsponsored by US Bank
Lifetime Achievement Awardsponsored by Cascade Business News
Woman of the Year Awardsponsored by The Wallace Group Inc
Dr. Janell Payne
Dr. Jessica LeBlanc
Keep on keepin' on, all you awesome people!