PWN Announces Five 2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

2014-Scholarship-Logo-1024x420Professional Women’s Network is pleased to announce five local recipients of PWN Foundation Scholarships.

These women were chosen based on written personal essays outlining their character, educational and personal career goals and volunteerism.

Paige Zieser
(Ely) attends Mount Mercy University and is studying Accounting. Ms. Zieser is employed with Terry, Lockridge & Dunn.

Jill Beaty (Hiawatha) attends the University of Dubuque/CR Campus and is studying Business Administration. She volunteers with Theatre Cedar Rapids and Professional Women’s Network and is employed as a Business Development Officer with Collins Community Credit Union.

Kristy Richmann (Waverly) attends Hawkeye Community College, preparing to be a Licensed Practitioner Nurse and is employed by the Waverly Health Center.

Marcela Rodriguez (Cedar Rapids) attends the University of Dubuque/CR Campus and is studying Business. Ms. Rodriguez is employed by Honeywell in Cedar Rapids.

Melissa Luse (Cedar Rapids) attends Kaplan University and is studying Business Administration. Ms. Luse is employed by EMS Detergent in North Liberty.

Recipients will be honored at the annual Scholarship luncheon to be held September 22, 2016, at the Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids. To attend the luncheon, register here.

New PWN Perk- BlendCard


PWN has formed a partnership with BlendCard, a business marketing program.

BlendCard allows cardholders access to coupons, loyalty and gift cards to participating local businesses. Customers manage their rewards from one simple dashboard that can be viewed easily from any computer, tablet, or phone.

BlendCard allows local stores to activate their own custom loyalty, marketing, and gift card program while securing placement in thousands of shopper’s hands instantly; while using ONE card. This card also eliminates the frustration of lost punch and gift cards by storing customer property securely in the cloud where it belongs.

This program directly supports the member requests for marketing assistance. A portion of all fees paid are set aside to provide additional marketing of the card itself, which puts participating business names and offers in the pockets of more customers.

BlendCard is based in North Liberty, with participating businesses located in several communities in Iowa’s Creative Corridor.

Interested businesses can contact BlendCard directly at

To leverage your PWN membership for discounted business rates, contact Paul Kongshaug at