Salute to Women is a celebration of remarkable women in the Greater Lafayette Community. The first Salute to Women was held on March 15, 1974. Realizing that the local community lacked an environment of support for women and that many women were not being recognized for their achievements, the Lafayette Women’s Political Caucus conceived the idea of a Salute to Women awards dinner. The Purdue Women’s Caucus joined in as a sponsor.
Salute to Women Organizers
During it’s first two and a half decades, the Salute to Women program was coordinated by several local women’s organizations:
Lafayette Women’s Political Caucus
Purdue Women’s Caucus
American Association of University Women
Lafayette Business and Professional Women
Lafayette Altrusa Club
Association for Women in Communications
American Business Women’s Association
Association of Women Business Owners
YWCA Greater Lafayette
YWCA Greater Lafayette became the sole sponsoring organization in 2000.
Meet the 2020 Salute to Women Honorees
Intercultural learning specialist, educator, diversity facilitator, and community organizer.
Woman of Promise
Registered nurse, dedicated to overcoming internal battles and external obstacles.
Rev. Susan Brouillette
Immigration advocate, instrumental in the development of Lafayette Urban Ministry's Immigration Clinic.
former Tippecanoe County Clerk, now serves with the Indiana Supreme Court’s Trial Court Technology team.
Dr. Sarah Hallberg, DO
Leading physician and researcher on therapeutic effects of dietary interventions on Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Dr. Deanna McMillan
Engineer, educator, and community leader. Co-president of Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters.
Inge Dawn Maresh
Dedicated community leader, volunteer and philanthropist. Maresh has a passion for the arts community of Greater Lafayette.
Judge Kristen McVey
First woman to hold the position of Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Tippecanoe County. Elected to Tippecanoe County Superior Court 5 in 2018.
Long-time Lafayette City Clerk, community leader and youth mentor.
End-of-life counselor, entrepreneur, community advocate, and the inspiration behind "Cover Lafayette."
Driving force in the formation of The Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition, currently serves as executive director.
Winningest head coach in Purdue Women's Basketball history, community advocate and breast cancer survivor.