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Rest Up Awards

In 2023, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (WFM) announced the recipients of the Rest Up Awards to cultivate rest and well-being with women leaders across the state. The award is a keystone celebration of our four decades of advancing gender and racial justice and transformation with women, girls, and gender-expansive people across the state.

As core caretakers of their families and communities, women and gender-expansive people (specifically those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color) have been leading organizations and movements that foster a culture of collective care. Investing in gender and racial justice includes supporting the ability for community leaders to rest so they can show up and do their best work.

Leadership & Community Power

Growing a state where all women, girls, and gender-expansive people are valued as solution-builders and leaders within their communities strengthens the collective power of communities and movements for gender and racial justice.

Montha Chum

Co-Founder & Executive Director, MN8

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Jessica Eckerstorfer + Kaysone Syonesa

Co-directors, The SEAD Project

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Signe Harriday

Founder, The Fields at Rootsprings

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Mirdalys Herrera Tweeton

Former Executive Director, Centro Tyrone Guzman

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Ethelind Kaba

Executive Director, Ann Bancroft Foundation

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Irma Marquez Trapero

Executive Director, LatinoLEAD

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Lulete Mola

President & Co-Founder, Black Collective Foundation MN

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Ana Perez de Perez

Executive Director, discapacitados abriendose caminos

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Cynthia Wilson

President, NAACP Minneapolis Branch 0450

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Holistic Well-Being & Reproductive Justice

To value the healthy and whole lives of women, girls, and gender-expansive people, access to healthcare must be readily available and without restrictions to support the mind, body, and spirit.

Rev. Dr. Alika Galloway

CEO, Liberty Northside Healing Space (Liberty Community Church, PCUSA)

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Hanna Getachew-Kreusser

Executive Director, Face to Face Health & Counseling Service, Inc.

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Zedé Harut

Executive Director, Seeds Worth Sowing

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Cheniqua Johnson, Cierra Hardin, Jhaelynn Elam

Founders, In Sisterhood, We Brunch

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Deyona Kirk

Founder/Executive Director, Divine Konnections, Inc.

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Louise Matson

Executive Director, Division of Indian Work

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Ruth Richardson

President & CEO, Planned Parenthood North Central States

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Hadija Steen Mills

Founding Director, Healthcare Reparations Cooperative

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Shayla Walker

Executive Director, Our Justice

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Carmen Zuniga

Executive Director, Violence Intervention Project, Inc.

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When women, girls, and gender-expansive people are safe, it improves health outcomes, impacts leadership, and increases economic opportunity.

Jalilia Abdul-Brown

Executive Director, Change Starts with Community

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Gwendolyn Barber

Executive Director, Resources, Justice & Management

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Sarah Curtiss

Executive Director, Men as Peacemakers

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Kenosha Davenport

Executive Director, Sexual Violence Center

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Melissa Nambangi

Executive Director, Minnesota African Women’s Association (MAWA)

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Sheri Riemers

Executive Director, Ain Dah Yung Center

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Patricia Tototzintle

Founder & CEO, Esperanza United

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Claudia Waring

Executive Director, Asian Women United of Minnesota

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Pamela Zeller

Executive Director, Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment

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Economic Justice

Investing in intergenerational wealth-building for women, girls, and gender-expansive people means a more abundant Minnesota for families and communities.

Tracine Asberry

Executive Director, St. Paul Youth Services (SPYS)

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Bethlehem Gronneberg

Director, uCodeGirl

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Kelly Drummer

President, MIGIZI

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Neda Kellogg

Executive Director, Project DIVA International

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Linda Lelis-Her

Executive Director, Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP)

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Gabrieline Reece

CEO, Women Who Influence

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Valerie D. Stevenson

Interim Executive Director, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

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May yer Thao

CEO & President, Hmong American Partnership

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