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24th Annual Tribute to Women

Women Making a Difference

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Honoree - Anne Branigan

People look to her to provide guidance and encouragement, while holding them to the highest standards of excellence. Anne Branigan is Senior Vice President of the Greater Omaha Chamber. Her career there spans more than 20 years.

Over the past two decades, Branigan has worked tirelessly through a dynamic community organization to provide area businesses and individuals support so that they can grow and prosper. This is manifested though providing information and assistance to individual business owners to creating and developing Chamber programs and events, touching thousands of lives. Throughout her career, the goal for Branigan has been to support and encourage both individual and business success.

Branigan not only provides support but enthusiasm as a champion for the Greater Omaha Young Professionals, encouraging diversity of thought and experiences. She also advocates inclusivity and positive change through her leadership of strategic planning, entrepreneurship and innovation, human resources, fundraising and special events for the organization. Branigan has spent much of her time volunteering with organizations whose missions seek to improve the lives of Omaha area women and girls. She was a volunteer with the Great Plains Girl Scouts for five years and is currently active with the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha. She has served the Women’s Fund in a variety of capacities over the last 11 years. Branigan was president of the 2010 board and is serving a second term in 2011. “I really believe in the mission of the Women’s Fund, which examines issues and conducts research in order to provide informed support for initiatives to improve the lives of women and girls in the metropolitan area,” Branigan said.

Branigan was a member of the Research Committee when the Women’s Fund updated a leadership study of women in the Omaha metro area. She was specifically involved in compiling results and writing a portion of the report. The study, released in 2007, has encouraged individuals and organizations to recognize leadership barriers for women and work to remove them.

As a former troop leader for the Great Plains Girl Scouts, her focus was on helping girls increase their confidence level so that it would carry over into other aspects of their life and empower them to achieve their dreams.

Branigan is also a Live Well Omaha board member, working to help women and their families have an overall healthier environment in which to live, and treasurer of the board for the AIM Institute.


Honoree - Carol Gendler

Carol Gendler is an active advocate, supporter and participant in both state and local community organizations. Through her involvement in Heartland Family Service, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha Creative Institute, Emerging Terrain [the organization responsible for the grain silo murals at I-80 and 42nd Street], Omaha Community Foundation, Nebraska Humanities Council and others, she works tirelessly to promote the arts, literacy, and efforts that result in improving the quality of life. She also served for a number of years as a director of the Omaha Public Library and Lauritzen Gardens.

Gendler and her late husband Lee established GEMS, the Heartland Family Service Gendler Emergency Medication Service, which assists low-income individuals in purchasing medication. This fund has been a lifesaver to hundreds of people since its inception 15 years ago.

Carol has three children and three grandchildren. She has taught at the College of St. Mary, served as Director of the Douglas County District Court Law Library and operated Legal Information Services. She is the owner of Marathon Realty Corporation, which was founded by H. Lee Gendler.

The WCA Omaha’s mission is to help women and their families build lives of strength, growth and stability.

About the WCA: The WCA provides opportunities to create and take steps on the path toward self-determination and self-sufficiency. The organization assists women, wherever they might be on their journey, in achieving stable and hopeful lives. The mission is achieved through programs and services that include domestic violence advocacy, career services, counseling services, preventive training education, as well as nonviolence programs.

24th Annual Tribute to Women Luncheon
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
CoCo Key Convention Center
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.



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