Northwood University Announces 2022 Class of Distinguished Women

Northwood University in Midland Michigan is inviting the public to a Boss Ladies panel for attendees to glean career insight from distinguished industry leaders.

Norwood University's Distinguished Women Panel

Northwood University is inviting the public to a Boss Ladies panel for attendees to glean career insight from these industry leaders. The distinguished women who are part of the panel are:

  • Carolyn Clifford-Goss of West Bloomfield, a news anchor with WXYZ-TV,
  • Junia Doan of Midland, president of the Herbert and Junia Doan Foundation,
  • Wendy Lynne Hermann Steele of Traverse City, the founder and CEO of Impact 100, and
  • Sanya Lanette Bryant Weston of Northville, CEO of Your Premier Travel Service.
2021 Class of Distinguished Women Panel

The Distinguished Women Award

Ronda Walker, class of 2019

In 1970, the Distinguished Women Award was created by the Northwood University Board of Trustees to honor the enormous contributions of women. The award is a recognition of excellence. Its recipients represent the values Northwood espouses for its own students: commitment to free enterprise, the partnership of arts and business, and the management of global commerce. This year, the class of Distinguished women will be honored during the 53rd Distinguished Women Awards Gala held Saturday, Oct. 15, at the H Hotel in Midland.

Last year, The Distinguished Women award honored musician Martha Reeves of “Martha and the Vandellas.”

This event creates an occasion to bring Northwood University to the attention of those who share a dedication to its principles of higher education by encouraging other distinguished women to get involved with the university and its students and to participate in the growth of the Distinguished Women Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“Northwood University has a rich history of honoring the enormous contributions of women,” said Northwood First Lady Mary Ellen MacPhee. “This year’s group of honorees is very accomplished, and we are so thankful they have agreed to be part of a panel discussion where they will share career tips with students, faculty, staff and the general public.”


That panel will be held virtually from 6 to 7 p.m. Those who would like to join can register at

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