Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced its winners of the ninth annual WomEn’s Leadership Forum Women of Excellence Awards.

Cindy Haas of Gateway Bank, Jennifer Crowder of GR Promotions, and Tami Phillippi of Frame MN are this year’s winners.

“Each of these women has shown great leadership, character and drive in their respected field,” said Maureen Scallen Failor, president of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Cindy, Jennifer and Tami have been great catalysts for their companies and role models to look up to. It is always inspiring to see women lead and grow businesses in Dakota County.”

Haas was named Partner of the Year. Haas has always had a close partnership with the chamber of commerce and has always encouraged the advancement and success of women in business around Dakota County, according to a release from the chamber. She is also one of the original founders of the WomEn’s Leadership Forum and continues to stay engaged as an active member of the committee.

Crowder is the winner of Women/Minority-owned Business of the Year. She has been a longtime, active member of the chamber of commerce. According to the chamber, she encourages other women in business to work hard, do their best and strive for success. She also serves as a board member for the Ataxia Research Center.

Phillippi is the winner of the Changemaker Award. She owns her own small business and has been part of the chamber of commerce for many years. According to the release, she is a role model for women who would like to own a business and control their own destiny. Phillippi has also been a member of the Eagan Rotary for 20-plus years and continues to help with the annual gala fundraiser.

The Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation also will award five $1,000 scholarships to seniors attending high school in the Dakota County region: Catherine Bauer, Henry Sibley High School; Ruby Filhart, Henry Sibley High School; Hanna Holmstrom, Burnsville High School; Brianna Kirk, Burnsville High School; and Caitlyn Storley, Rosemount High School.

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