Dianne was a selected honoree for Springfield Business Journal’s (SBJ’s) Twenty Most Influential Women of 2017 Awards. Each year, an independent panel of judges chooses 20 women responsible for improving southwest Missouri through business, civic and philanthropic leadership. This year’s event brought the grand total of honorees to 360.
Dianne’s efforts to make the community a better place are reflected in the marketing campaigns run by DL Media. One multi-media campaign in particular, “Sink or Swim,” addresses the epidemic of addiction in the United States. The program, designed to educate the public, prevent drug misuse and serve as a comprehensive recovery resource database, is currently adopted statewide in Virginia and will soon roll out in southwest Missouri. DL Media has done pro bono work for organizations such as Wish I May, CASA of Missouri and southwest Missouri and Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Arkansas.
“On top of the work we do through DL Media, I also encourage my employees to support and give back to the community,” Dianne said. Her staff is involved in organizations such as Stand Against Trafficking Coalition through the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Least of These and the Humane Society. Dianne donates her personal time and services to several other nonprofit organizations.
“On top of the work we do through DL Media, I also encourage my employees to support and give back to the community.”
Even the Most Influential Women honor included support of a local nonprofit. For over ten years, SBJ has partnered with Women In Need (WIN) of the Ozarks to challenge honorees to raise money for struggling working women. WIN fills the gaps that other agencies provide too slowly – or not at all – for many women.
Prior to the event, all honorees were gifted a purse. Each purse was adorned with a large multi-color bow and WIN tag designed to garner attention each time the honoree stepped out in public, and ultimately spur conversation with potential donors in the community. While sharing the WIN mission, the women competed to see who could “fill their purses” with the most money for working women in need.
Dianne was honored, along with 19 other women, during an awards ceremony and luncheon on Friday, October 13, 2017, at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center. Between honoree’s individual fundraising, money collected at tables and a silent auction, the event raised nearly $20,000 for WIN. There was $10,161 gathered by honorees, $7,115 collected from a silent auction, $1,856 donated at event tables and $762 collected from raffles. Learn more about WIN at womeninneedoftheozarks.org. Honoree profiles, program details and the nomination form are available online at sbj.net.