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24th Annual Tribute to Women

Women Making a Difference

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Honoree - Adrian Minks

A warm personality, skilled leadership abilities and genuine concern for others set her apart from the crowd. As the first female vice president at OPPD, she has served as a role model and mentor for countless women, both at OPPD and in the community.

As Vice President of Essential Services and a member of the senior management team, she has been a leader in overhauling corporate strategic planning and designing OPPD’s efforts to increase its renewable energy and energy efficiency focus. Under her guidance, OPPD formed a Women’s Networking Group and held its first-ever companywide women’s conference last year. She is a valued voice on the OPPD leadership team with responsibilities for information technology, human resources, materials, facilities, environmental affairs and sustainability. She is known throughout OPPD as a “straight talker” who will find time to support individuals and teams working for the benefit of OPPD’s customer-owners.

Minks has served on and chaired the formerly YWCA Omaha board of directors. She was active in working with the organization to ensure that the agency’s mission was met through the provision of quality services benefiting women and families throughout the Omaha area.

Minks’ other notable service includes her leadership as board chair for the UNO Alumni Association in 2005. Her service to UNO over the years is punctuated by the Alumni Center’s $2 million renovation. Similarly, her leadership on the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Wayne State College, has had a substantial impact on that institution’s ability to offer educational opportunities to first-generation college students, affecting generations of women and men to come. She received both the Wayne State College Alumni Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UNO.

Minks is currently a member of the Governing Board for the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics and served as chair of the Information Technology Technical Advisory Group for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. With past service on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Career Advancement Needs, she was selected to be honorary chair for the 2010 ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference. She recently joined the Board of the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross and was honored as the Manager of the Year by the Midlands Chapter of the National Management Association.

She is a respected leader in the community. Her professional and supportive leadership abilities, as well as her commitment to mentoring have served OPPD and the community well.

Her planned retirement this year will allow her more time to contribute to these and other organizations as a volunteer.


Honoree - Gail Werner-Robertson

She’s an entrepreneur who has founded and managed a number of local businesses. Gail Werner-Robertson is President and Founder of GWR Wealth Management, LLC.

Werner-Robertson’s work provides jobs and services for Nebraskans, many of which have benefited from her financial and management expertise. She is a practicing attorney, as well as a certified financial planner and licensed insurance provider. She is the first women to serve on Omaha’s MECA Board of Directors and the only women to serve as its chair.

Werner-Robertson and her husband Scott have founded the Autism Action Partnership (AAP); its goal is to improve the quality of life for people with autism. Werner-Robertson is currently working through the legislative process to reform insurance provisions for autistic children and their families.

One of the ways she assists women is through support of the College of St. Mary’s Mothers Living and Learning housing program for students. The program is an innovative residential option for single mothers and their children who would like to pursue a college degree full-time and live on campus.

Werner-Robertson received the Heartland Family Services Leadership Award in 2010, the EP Foundation for Education Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the University of Nebraska Chancellors Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

Werner-Robertson also volunteers in the community as co-chair for the Salvation Army DJ Hero Luncheon. Past activities include Special Olympics Summer Games, American Red Cross Go Red for Women and TeamMates to name a few.

Working to improve quality of life, providing jobs and supporting women, Werner-Robertson continues to serve tirelessly as a champion for others.


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