The Betty Awards


Milwaukee Magazine’s annual Betty Awards honors our late publisher, Betty Ewens Quadracci, who inspired, led and changed the lives of women in our community and beyond. These awards will recognize women in six categories who exemplify particular characteristics of Betty.

The nomination period is open now through Aug. 15, 2021 and winners will be revealed in our November issue. Please submit your nomination below.

Bettys are awarded in the following categories, but if you’re not sure which best suits your nominee, don’t sweat it. Do your best and we’ll find the best spot for her.


Groundbreaker:
Betty was known for treading boldly where few had gone before. This award will be bestowed on a woman who is a pioneer in her field: she might be a chef, engineer, or an executive in the tech space. Whatever her profession, she has paved the way with her undaunted attitude, allowing future generations of women to follow in her footsteps.

Tenacious B:
Exemplifying our late publisher’s grit and ability to turn obstacles into opportunities, this woman warrior plays the long game. She might act on behalf of people who don’t have access to power, or she could be fighting for political or legal change. Perhaps she has a vision for a new agency, organization or building in Milwaukee. Whatever it is, this lady doesn’t give up.

Standout Sister:
Betty was committed to helping women realize their potential, and this award honors that quality of sisterhood. Whether through mentorship to build the next generation of strong women, advocacy to ensure their voices are heard or simply lending a sympathetic ear, this woman is all about elevating, empowering and building the bonds of sisterhood.

Risk-Taker
She lives by the saying “with great risk comes great reward.” This woman might be a gutsy entrepreneur or someone who quit a great job to do something she finds more meaningful. She’s a fearless female who acts first and asks questions later.

Creative Genius
Artistic expression was one of Betty’s passions. This category belongs to the artist at the very top of her game. Whatever her discipline may be, she combines skill, discipline, and pure talent to create an oeuvre uniquely her own.

Bridge-Builder
She is invested in and excels in an area critical to making Milwaukee a better place for all: communicating, mediating, and finding common ground. You might find her leading a nonprofit, or perhaps she’s an attorney with keen negotiating skills.

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