Professional Women’s Network of Eastern Iowa has been helping the community for 40 years!

Professional Women’s Network, Inc (PWN) announces its 40th anniversary as a driving force on women helping women in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor.

PWN was founded by Jean Kruse, Liz Sparks, and Carolyn Stephens in November of 1979 with the intent of growing their professional networks, as many opportunities during this era were focused solely on male networking.

Over the years, PWN has provided opportunities for networking, education, and leadership training to women in our community.

The organization has been a supporter of the PWN Scholarship Foundation, which was established to financially assist non-traditional women students. Through this foundation, scholarships are awarded annually to women who are local, non-traditional students pursuing their college education.

We are pleased to announce the award recipients for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Ashley Leverty, Iowa State University
Brenda Lansing, Mt. Mercy University
Katie McGowan, University of Dubuque
Melanie Dilly, University of Northern Iowa
Nouran Othman, University of Northern Iowa
Tracy Timmons, Mt. Mercy University

We invite you to join us at PWN Presents: A Celebration of Women Helping Women annual breakfast event where the scholarship recipients will be presented with awards.

We will also hear from UnityPoint President and CEO, Michelle Niermann, who will share her personal leadership journey and help attendees identify a clear answer as to why and how they should map their own journey.

This celebration will be emceed by CBS2 news anchor Karen Fuller and held on Thursday, September 26, at the Hotel Kirkwood beginning with a full breakfast buffet at 7:30 am. The event is presented by UnityPoint Health, Hills Bank, and Professional Women’s Network. Individual tickets for the public are $40.00 and corporate table sponsorships are currently available at