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Milwaukee Magazine Announces its Call for Nominations for the First Annual Betty Awards, Honoring Betty Ewens Quadracci and Recognizing Maverick Female Leaders

The nominations are open to accomplished women of all professions and walks of life.

By - Jul 9th, 2019 01:40 pm

MILWAUKEE, WIMilwaukee Magazine has opened its call for nominations for the first annual Betty Awards. Honorees will be announced in the women-themed November issue and recognized at The Bettys, an event to be held this fall in Milwaukee.

The Betty Awards recognize women who exemplify the attributes and mission of Betty Ewens Quadracci, former publisher of Milwaukee Magazine. Betty was a spirited community influencer who made it her life’s work to support women in any way she could. Through mentorship, leadership, ingenuity and perseverance, she leveraged her voice in the community to aid in the advancement of women of all ages.

“Betty seemingly had a hand in everything that was going on in Milwaukee, from Women Inc. to the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre to the Milwaukee Art Museum and more,” says Carole Nicksin, publisher and editor-in-chief of Milwaukee Magazine. “Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her, she serves as a role model, professionally and also in my effort to be a good citizen of Milwaukee.”

The nominations are open to accomplished women of all professions and walks of life. Awardees will be named in six categories:


This woman is a pioneer in her field: she might be a chef, engineer or an executive in the tech space. She has paved the way, allowing future generations of women to follow in her footsteps.


She’s a fearless female who acts first and asks questions later. Perhaps she’s a gutsy entrepreneur, or someone who quit a great job to do something she finds more meaningful.

Tenacious B
Exemplifying Betty’s grit and ability to turn obstacles into opportunities, this woman warrior plays the long game.

Creative Genius
Artistic expression was one of Betty’s passions. This category belongs to the artist at the very top of her game, combining skill, discipline and pure talent to create an oeuvre uniquely her own.

She is invested in making Milwaukee a better place for all: communicating, mediating and finding common ground.

Standout Sister

Betty was committed to helping women realize their potential, and this award honors that quality of sisterhood, whether through mentorship, advocacy or by simply offering support.

Nominations are open now through August 15, 2019. A panel of judges from Milwaukee Magazine will review the selections and choose the award recipients. To make a nomination or find out more information, please visit

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