Trailblazer Award



The Trailblazer Award was created in 1994 to recognize a woman who is/was an influential community leader, is/was “the first” in her field, or made/is making 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, consideration is given to current St. Louis Forum members. Nominations are accepted only from St. Louis Forum members and should be submitted by March 15, 2024. St. Louis Forum members may submit their nominations online or via email to with this form.

The following women are past recipients of the Trailblazer Award:
1994Carolyn Losos 2009Pat Whitaker 
1994Ruth Krause Jacobson2010Joan Briccetti 
1994Patricia Rich2011The Founding Members 
1994Martha Rounds2012Brenda Newberry
1994Janet McAfee Weakley2013Margaret Donnelly
1995Susan Uchitelle 2013Paula Gianino
1996Blanche Touhill2013Gayle Jackson
1997Sue Clancy2014Lesley Hoffarth
1998Theresa Loveless2015Linda Goldstein
1999Jean C. Hamilton2016Patricia Rice Hellmuth
2000Dora B. Schriro, Ed.D2017Susan E. Block
2002Jo Ann Arnold (Harmon)2018Lyda Krewson
2003Ellen Sherberg2019Betsy Cohen
2004Marylen Mann2019Martha Uhlhorn
2005Juliann Niemann2019Marie Casey
2006Vivian Eveloff2020Anna Crosslin 
2006Marcia Mellitz2021Nicole Adewale
2006Betty Van Uum2022Frances Levine, PhD  
2007Judy Meador 2023 Mary Alice Ryan
2008Karen Levin Coburn  

* Our Founding Members are Schuyler Gott Andrews, Joan Briccetti, Sue Clancy, Vivian Eveloff, Dee Joyner, Rosalyn Lowerhaupt, Judy Meador, Joan Newman, Pat Rich, and Ellen Sherberg.