October 12th, 2023
5:00 PM CST
Metropolitan Ballroom & Club


Please join us for the TeamWomen 8th Annual WaveMaker Awards

WaveMakers are pioneers in their field who are respected by their employers and/or peers. They demonstrate outstanding leadership and serve to help the Minnesota business community, while helping women achieve their own goals. Help us celebrate, recognize, and support those who have made a profound impact on our community!

Award Categories include:

  • WaveMaker
  • Uncharted Territory
  • Outstanding Mentor
  • Community Impact
  • Lifetime Achievement

Take a look at last year’s 6th Annual WaveMaker Awards

Hear from our 2021 WaveMaker Awards emcee, honorees, and board members who were interviewed by Miss Shannan Paul from Twin Cities Film Fest!

View an Honoree's LinkedIn Profile by Clicking the Honoree's Name
Maintenance Engineer
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Founder, Owner & Consultant
A.M. & Associates LLC
Forethought Planning
Community Organizer
African American Community Development Center
Global Product Growth & Innovation
Chief Revenue Officer
Foxtrot Marketing
Director, Global Product Mgmt
Documentary Film Maker & Media Producer
Spirited Films LLC
Senior Consulting Manager
Baker Tilly US, LLP
VP Operations
All in One Accounting
Candlelight Floral
North Star Resource Group
Financial Advisor
President & CEO
Black Business Enterprises
Manager, Talent Acquisition
Caribou Coffee
Manager, Strategic Pricing, Revenue Mgmt
Thomson Reuters
Hello Cookie
Amplify Mission Network
Executive Director Dispute Resolution Center
Director, Creative Services
SVL, Inc.
Chief Impact Officer & SVP
The Minneapolis Foundation
Pat Wright
Hello Cookie
Julie Eide
Amplify Mission Network
Jody Thompson
Jennifer Roach
Director, Creative Services
SVL, Inc.
Chanda Smith Baker
Chief Impact Officer & SVP
The Minneapolis Foundation

Alicia Lewis

Morning Reporter & Anchor – KARE 11

I have been working as a morning anchor and reporter for KARE 11 since December 2014.

I am a wannabe chef who hosts KARE in the Kitchen on Thursdays at 9am. I am a one woman show or as we call it in the industry MMJ (Multi-Media-Journalist) where I shoot, write, and edit all of my own content. My main goal every morning on KARE Sunrise is to spark joy in others.. hopefully starting their day off on the right foot. I try to use my platform to help where help is needed with various non-profits around the Twin Cities.


Nominations Due: 
Event Date: October 6, 2022

You may nominate the same person in multiple categories; however, a separate nomination form must be completed for each award category. Nominations must be fully completed to qualify for consideration. TeamWomen Board of Directors, TeamWomen Young Professionals Advisory Board members, WaveMaker Committee members, and TeamWomen staff are ineligible. Honorees from the 2021 WaveMaker Awards are ineligible if nominated in the same category. The WaveMaker Committee reserves the right to move applicants to another category if it is a better fit.


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Awarded to a woman who is making waves in their community, profession, etc. either through demonstration of outstanding achievement, demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit and initiative, or through leadership within their profession or community.

Shauna Coons
Managing Attorney,
Kwe Law Firm PLLC
Georgia Fort
Entrepreneur, Independent Journalist, Founder of BLCK Press
M.E. Kirwan
A2 Art Storage
Katey Nelson
Director of Mission Advancement,
Best Buddies Minnesota
Stacia Nelson
Pivot Strategies
Past Winners

Mickayla Rosard | Proxy Financial

Dr. Erin Stevens | Clinic Sofia

Alyza Bohbot | Alakef Coffee Roasters and City Girl Coffee

Kristin Brandli Printon | Moxie Wealth Management

Kalsey Beach | Do Good Events

Uncharted Territory

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Awarded to a woman who has excelled in a typically male-dominated profession or industry.

Stephanie Henry
Composer & Pianist
Anna Kallberg
Director of Client Services,
Irish Titan
Zinet Kemal
Associate Cloud Security Engineer,
Best Buy
Celisia Stanton
Celisia Stanton Photography
Bailey Zimprich
Project Manager,
Past Winners

Courtney Place | SEE US and Saint Paul Urban Tennis

Erin Procko | Bell Bank

Shefali Pai | Hennepin County

Jennifer Johnson | Badger Hill Brewing Company


Laura Karow | President at Gunnar Electric

Outstanding Mentor

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Awarded to a woman who consistently makes a profound impact on the trajectory and advancement of other women’s careers.

JoAnne Funch
Founder & Top LinkedIn Trainer,
Marketing Dish LLC
Terri Grant
Vice President of Marketing,
Mary Stieber Reynhout, MA
Principal, Threshold Coaching & Consulting
Executive Coach, Korn Ferry
Jen Swanson
Founder & Principal,
Jen Swanson Consulting
Kelli Williams
Williams Brand Consulting
Past Winners

Jennifer Bonine | AI Appstore

Lyna Nyamwaya | The African Nurses Network, Inc.

Cecilia Stanton Adams | Stanton Adams Consulting

Sara Lebens | Lebens Advisory Group

Mickey Mikeworth | Mikeworth Consulting

Community Impact

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Awarded to a woman who makes giving back to the community a top priority in ways that benefit the advancement of women, either through their work or through volunteer efforts.

Amy Adamle
Senior Media Coach,
Media Minefield
Grace Berbig
Founder & President,
Letters of Love
Kiara Buford
Behavior Specialist,
Roseville Area High School
Keiona Cook
Executive Director,
Lovely's Sewing & Arts Collective
Aisha Mohamed
Program Manager,
Mercy Community Center
Past Winners

Jasmine Stringer | Carpe Diem with Jasmine

Christi Krautbauer | Thomson Reuters

Emily Hunt Turner | All Square

Stephanie Silvers | Dress for Success Twin Cities

Caroline Kupchella | Love Your Melon Campus Crew

Lifetime Achievement

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Awarded to a woman who emulates all of the award categories. Her legacy inspires individuals and organizations to pave the way for future leaders.

Diane Yohn
Chief Operating Officer,
North Star Resource Group
Past Winners

Mary Nash | St. Paul Police Department (Retired)

Helen Brooks | Member of the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame (Retired)

WaveMaker Cocktail/Mocktail Recipes

Enjoy a specially crafted cocktail or mocktail from our TeamWomen contest winners as we give a toast during our event introductions.


Presenting Sponsor

Champagne Toast Sponsor

Elite Category Sponsor

Signature Sponsor

Cheerleader Table Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsor

TeamWomen COVID-19 Protocols

With regard to all upcoming events, please be advised that TeamWomen is following MN State and CDC guidelines: *
  1. We will allow the maximum number of attendees per venue and social distancing will not be required.**
  2. We will not require attendees to wear masks/face coverings. However, as MN and CDC guidelines state, we strongly recommend that anyone not fully vaccinated continue to wear face coverings.**
* Please refer to the links below for more information. ** Note: Protocols are subject to change based on individual venue policies, as well as any State/CDC updates.