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2015 Inspire Awards

Congratulations to the 2015 Inspire Awards winners

Ten women were honored Tuesday, September 22, 2015, with the first-ever Inspire – Celebrating Women’s Leadership Awards. The awards recognized women who have excelled in their professional lives and emerged as leaders and role models in the community.

2015 Woman of the Year

2015 Woman of the Year

Donde Plowman Dean of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln College of Business

Donde Plowman, dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business, was named Woman of the Year. She was honored for her efforts in raising $80 million in private donations to construct a new College of Business Administration building, which broke ground earlier this year. As dean of the College of Business, she has developed a lecture series for female students to learn from successful women in the community. She endorses and supports mentoring programs for women and freely gives her time to attend and speak at RISE and Women in Philanthropy events as well as sits on many boards that affect the community.

2015 Award Winners

  • Excellence in Business – Large

Chairwoman and co-founder of Talent +

  • Excellence in Business – Small

Executive director of the Nebraska Bar Association

  • Excellence in Education

President of Bryan College of Health Sciences

  • Excellence in Health Care

President and CEO of Madonna Rehabilitation

  • Excellence in Philanthropy

James C and Rhonda S. Seacrest Foundation

  • Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Vice president of Sales for Firespring

The 2018 Inspire Awards are approaching!

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This year's speaker

Preeta Bansal is a Lincoln native who spent the last 35 years at the highest levels of government and business – as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the White House, Solicitor General of the State of New York, a US diplomat and Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, global general counsel of the world’s largest bank, partner at a major NYC law firm, and law clerk to the US Supreme Court. A graduate of Lincoln East High as well as Harvard College and Harvard Law, she is now a lecturer at MIT – focusing on the intersection of modern technology and ancient wisdom – and recently returned home to Lincoln.

2015 Inspire Board Members