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West Michigan Woman magazine is pleased to honor the success of women in our community with the annual Brilliance Awards.

The event shines a light on the dynamic talent, spirit and intellect of local women; it celebrates the brilliant and meaningful impact they have on our careers and communities. Focusing on nominees who excel in their fields, are committed to creating positive change and demonstrate how they elevate other women, the WMW Brilliance Awards recognizes those who tackle the issues facing professional women and blaze trails for the rest of us.


The finalists of the 2018 Brilliance Awards are:

Top honorees

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Stories to inspire you.

All the local places to go and things to do.

Tasty tidbits dedicated to tempting you.

Fresh ideas ready for you to try.

Unpacking the places you live inside and out.

Explore what success in the workplace means to you.

Navigate the relationships that matter to you.

Improve your mind, body and spirit.

Enjoy diverse perspectives from West Michigan women.

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Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes. From the founder of a large family manufacturing firm to the work-at-home freelance graphic designer, these people don’t stop at “no”—and they dare to persevere through risks and rewards.

West Michigan Woman sought your nominations for examples of local, brave women entrepreneurs to feature as our August cover story. We requested stories of women who’ve only just begun that have a great story that aptly illustrates what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Our readers voted and the winners have beeen selected. Congratulations to:

  • Ashley Yost and Mali Jane, AM Yoga 

  • Carol Distel and Jill Wolfe, Distel Wolfe Scavenger Hunts

  • Autumn Fuchs, Fuschia Design

  • Lisa Anderson, Grace’s Table

  • Karen Smoots, The Green Glove Dryer

  • Elizabeth Schenk, Posh Petals

Learn more about these exceptional entrepreneurs in the August issue of West Michigan Woman. 

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FAMMMMThe winner of the 2013 Mother's Day Makeover Contest is Barb Andrus! Click on Barb's name below to read the winning submission, compliments of her daughter, Ellie Andrus! Barb will be featured in the June/July issue of West Michigan Woman. She'll share more of her story with readers on the web. 

Barb will also receive a makeover package that includes:

We received so many heartfelt nominations for the 2013 Mother's Day Makeover contest! Thank you to everyone who submitted names and stories. We were truly touched and wish all of you a very happy Mother's Day!


Last year West Michigan Woman magazine hosted the inaugural Wine & Wig gala, supporting Susan G. Komen West Michigan. Through ticket sales, sponsorships, and a silent auction, we were able to raise nearly $15,000 for this local charity.

This year, the partner charity for Wine & Wig is up to you! We received nominations from many wonderful local charities that are helping our community every day, so our committee had a tough job narrowing it down to these six. Now we need your help! Help us determine which deserving charity will partner with us for the 2014 event—to be held on October 18, 2014, at the GRAM. Vote as often as you would like and please be sure to share! Voting closes at midnight on February 14, 2014.


Find your next adventure.

Make the most of your money.


Catch up on the latest news about the premier party of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Catch up on the latest news about the third annual Brilliance Awards.

The 2019 West Michigan Woman People's Choice Brilliance Award

BAPCA19 Social1 UPDATEVoting is now closed! The West Michigan Woman Brilliance Awards is entering its 3rd year of celebrating the unique talents of women and men in our community. For the first time ever, the public will select one honoree from the 30 finalists for the People's Choice Brilliance Award. The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the West Michigan Woman Brilliance Awards where they will receive their award and recognition.

• To vote, please provide your first and last name and email address
• You may only vote 1x for one person
• Voting opens February 28th and closes at 5pm on March 14th

Anyone who votes by March 5th will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the International Women's Day event sponsored by West Michigan Woman and WZZM TV on March 8 at 20 Monroe Live.

 Enjoy reading the bio snippets below that were taken directly from the nominators' submissions.

Voting is now closed!



From this issue

Paola Mendivil, born in Mexico City, enjoyed growing up near family—playing with cousins, participating in huge New Year's Eve parties, having fun.
A taste of—and for—the holidays!
Animal print runs wild this season. It's a mood. It's also now a neutral. You need to get on board the leopard print train—or get run over!
Love the ocean, but jellyfish not so much? Fancy the sensation of swimming in the sea, sans sand in your suit? Looking for inspiration beyond the shores of Lake Michigan?