MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Dec. 8, 2023 - The American Heart Association, a global force for a world of healthier lives for all, is proud to announce its twenty Women of the Decade honorees. These women were honored on December 7, 2023, at a Go Red Night of Gratitude and will be recognized again on February 22, 2024, at the annual Go Red for Women Evening of Empowerment.

For two decades Go Red for Women has been focused on educating women that heart disease is their leading cause of death, empowering women to be business leaders and change-makers, and supporting women in their role as moms, sisters, and partners. Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red for Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.

The Women of the Decade honorees are leaders who have made significant contributions to the Twin Cities Go Red for Women campaign and who, through their personal gifts and involvement in women’s health equity, inspire generations of women to prioritize their heart health and follow their passions.

The Go Red Women of the Decade honorees are:

  • Alison Barrick
  • Stacy Beske
  • Susan Boren King
  • Cindy Brooks
  • Anjie Cayot
  • Dawn Courrier
  • Theresa Davis
  • Rachel Ellingson
  • Beth Ford
  • Jamie Lohr, MD
  • Jaimie Mattson
  • Jeannine Rivet
  • Rebecca Seidel
  • Pam Simons
  • Carolyn Sleeth
  • Candace Steele Flippin
  • Anna Szafranski
  • Andrea Walsh
  • Laura Williams
  • Jill Wyant

“We are so grateful to have the support from this powerful group of female leaders in our community in the last decade,” said Jaimie Mattson, 2024 Go Red for Women Chair. “Cardiovascular disease remains a top killer amongst women. That’s why we must engage volunteers who are passionate about making a lasting impact. I am humbled to be honored alongside these incredible women and I extend to them my deep gratitude for their dedication to the Go Red for Women campaign.”

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, sponsored nationally by CVS Health, increases women’s heart health awareness, and serves as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of all women.

For more information on how to get involved with Go Red for Women visit www.heart.org/MinnesotaGoRed or email Jacquelyn.Londo@heart.org.




About Go Red for Women 
The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 19 years, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedforWomen.org or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721). 


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.  


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