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Michigan women have shaped our todays and benefited our tomorrows. Explore their stories of perseverance, innovation and inspiration.

Hall of Fame Timeline

2023
2023

Denise Langford-Morris

Denise Langford-Morris

The Honorable Denise Langford-Morris is a true trailblazer, who has had a remarkable career. Despite being a teen mother, Judge Langford Morris worked as a social worker investigating and prosecuting abuse and neglect cases involving children and adults in Wayne County. After receiving her law degree, she worked as an..Read More

2023

Kelly Rossman-McKinney

Kelly Rossman-McKinney

Kelly Rossman-McKinney was the CEO and principal of Truscott Rossman, a full-service public relations agency that represents local, statewide and nationwide clients. A nationally accredited public relations counselor, Rossman-McKinney started her business in 1988 and was the first woman in the field of strategic communications. She pioneered issue management in..Read More

2023

Traverse City Ladies Library Association

Traverse City Ladies Library Association

The Traverse City Ladies’ Library Association (LLA) began in 1870 as a dedicated group of pioneer women who designed and managed a library and public space to benefit a small, developing community. It was self-sustaining and run by volunteers. By 1878 the Ladies owned their own building, which besides housing..Read More

2023

Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer is a lifelong Michigander who served in the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate and as Michigan Governor. Throughout her career in public service, she focused on making a real difference in people’s lives and building a Michigan where everyone can envision a bright future for themselves...Read More

2022
2022

Esther Gordy Edwards

Esther Gordy Edwards

The late Esther Gordy Edwards has been greatly lauded for her role as the visionary founder and sustainer of the Motown Historical Museum. Motown Records was founded with an $800 loan secured by Berry Gordy from The Gordy Family Savings Club (The Ber-Berry Co-op). Esther helped establish the family co-op...Read More

2022

Carol Sue Hutchins

Carol Sue Hutchins

Carol Hutchins served 38 seasons at the helm of the University of Michigan softball program (1985-2002) and retired as the winningest coach in NCAA softball history with a career record of 1,707-555-5 (.755). Hutchins is also the winningest coach — male or female — in Michigan Athletics history!    “Hutch”..Read More

2022

Mary Kramer

Mary Kramer

Mary Kramer is a seasoned expert with more than 25 years of reporting and management experience. She joined Crain’s Detroit Business in 1989, and in 1990 was named Associate Publisher. In May 1994, Kramer was named a Vice President of Crain Communications Inc, and in May 2005 she was named..Read More

2022

Mary Locke Petermann

Mary Locke Petermann

Born in 1908, Mary Locke Petermann was an American cellular biochemist best known for her key role in the discovery and characterization of animal ribosomes, the molecular complexes that carry out protein synthesis. Born in 1908, Dr. Petermann dedicated her life to science and research at a time when women..Read More

2022

Danielle Camille Woods

Danielle Camille Woods

Officer Danielle Camille Woods is a local and state leader that works tirelessly to bridge the gap between the LGBTQ community and law enforcement. A 20-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, Officer Woods is no stranger to the historically troubled relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ community in..Read More

2021
2021

Diana Sieger

Diana R. Sieger is the President of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, a position she has held for nearly 34 years. Under her leadership, the assets have grown from $35M to nearly $400M. She has also led the GRCF in the creation of initiatives such as the LGBTQ Fund, African American..Read More