Saluting a few amazing women

When it comes to women in the tri-states, there never seems to be a shortage of those doing admirable things, whether it is starting a business, giving back to the community or reaching out to elevate the next generation.

Each year, Her magazine honors some of these individuals through our Salute to Women edition. But last year, we decided we needed to do even more. That sparked the debut of our Salute to Women Awards, for which we honor four women for their efforts, as well as host a breakfast celebrating their accomplishments.

Much like the previous year, this year’s recipients are nothing short of incredible.

On the cover, we salute our Woman of the Year, Marina O’Rourke, longtime director of Dubuque’s Academy of Ballet and artistic director of the Dubuque City Youth Ballet and the Heartland Ballet.

She is joined by honorees Nicole Hutchison, of Statera Integrated Health and Wellness Solutions, as our Woman of Innovation; Natalie Nemmers, counselor at Dubuque Hempstead High School, as our Woman Who Makes a Difference; and Michaela Freiburger, of Dubuque Main Street, as our Woman to Watch.

You can read about each of them, their unique perspectives about the community and about our upcoming Salute to Women Awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 9, on pages 6-19. And beginning on page 52, we also include 39 pages of bios from area women in business.

In this edition, we also highlight local organizations such as Opening Doors and the Clarity Clinic Pregnancy Center of Dubuque for their outreach to women.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we offer preventative tips for women, as well as what to watch for in early signs.

We also take a look at ways women can maintain self-worth, how they can better save for retirement and, for moms, a look ahead to preparing for the witching season with your kiddos.

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