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The Trailblazer Award was created in 1994 to recognize a woman who was an influential community leader, was "the first” in her field, or made a significant contribution toward elevating the image of women in business.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to nominate an outstanding woman who not only represents great accomplishments in her field, but furthers the reputation of St. Louis Forum as a remarkable organization.  

The Trailblazer Award Committee and the St. Louis Forum Board of Directors invite you to submit a candidate who you feel deserves this special recognition and award.  While there are certainly many deserving candidates outside the membership, first consideration is given to St. Louis Forum members.  Nominations are accepted only from St. Louis Forum members.  

The following women are past recipients of the Trailblazer Award:


1994  Carolyn Losos

          Ruth Krausé Jacobson

          Patricia Rich

          Martha Rounds

          Janet McAfee Weakley

1995  Susan Uchitelle

1996   Blanche Touhill

1997  Sue Clancy

1998  Theresa Loveless

1999  Jean C. Hamilton

2000  Dora B. Schriro, Ed.D
2002  Jo Ann Arnold (Harmon)

2003  Ellen Sherberg
2004  Marylen Mann
2005  Juliann Niemann
2006  Vivian Eveloff
          Marcia Mellitz
          Betty Van Uum

2007  Judy Meador

2008  Karen Levin Coburn
2009  Pat Whitaker
2010  Joan Briccetti
2011  The Founding Members
2012  Brenda Newberry
2013  Margaret Donnelly 
          Paula Gianino
          Gayle Jackson

2014  Lesley Hoffarth

2015  Linda Goldstein

2016  Patricia Rice

2017  Susan E. Block
2018  Lyda Krewson

2019  Betsy Cohen
          Martha Uhlhorn
          Marie Casey


Nominations should be submitted by February 28, by mail or email.  Submissions should be sent to:

St. Louis Forum
6358 Delmar Blvd.,  #444
St. Louis, MO  63130

The recipient will be recognized at the April meeting. 

Nominees will be considered for the annual St. Louis Forum Trailblazer Award, based on the criteria listed below.  A committee consisting of previous Trailblazer recipients will review nominees meeting one or more of the following criteria.


§       The candidate is influential in the community and was a first in her field, e.g., the first female executive at a high (or the highest) level within her industry, corporation, organization or in a significant governmental role.
§        The candidate is the first woman to have been named to, or chaired, a particular board of directors.
§        Through the business community, the candidate has achieved recognition for accomplishments that would have a connection to the goals of the St. Louis Forum.
§        The candidate has made a significant contribution towards elevating the image of women’s roles in the community and/or in business.

§        The candidate shows a consistent pattern of achievement.
§        Current Forum board members may not be considered for this award.
Click here to download a Trailblazer Nomination Form. 

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