Sara Gronholz of Alexandria was named the Professional Woman of the Year by the Lakes Area Professional Women’s (LAPW) organization.
Gronholz received the honor at the National Business Women’s Week luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria on Wednesday, October 17.
The annual award honors an LAPW member in the areas of exploration, fulfillment and intention; joy, hope and celebration; and affirmation and advocacy for women.
Gronholz is employed at Tastefully Simply in Alexandria as an instructional designer/writer.
She is a committed community volunteer and has been involved with the School District 206 referendum and District 206 Foundation, Dollars for Scholars, Professional Educators Association, Kids in the Community, the Cardinal Athletic Foundation, PEO, Lakeland Hospice, Local Homeowners Association and Lakes Area Professional Women.
She has also volunteered her time with Knute Nelson, St. Mary’s Church, Voyager School, United Way and Hospice.
According to her coworker, Michele Neale, she also finds time to better herself.
“Sara is a learner; she always seeks out opportunities to learn or experience,” Neale noted.
“She loves to read professional articles, magazines, reviews and keeps up on industry trends. She’s frequently found researching new ideas, techniques, philosophies, leadership styles and methodologies. When working on projects, you can always count on her to have researched pros/cons, cost, advantages/disadvantages and she brings recommendations before the project even starts!
“She is a very good listener and is eloquent in her communication skills,” Neale added. “A mantra of Sara’s is to live with intention. She strongly believes in living life to its fullest with her family and friends as well as to dedicate time for herself.”
Neale added that Gronholz’s big heart is what makes her most endearing to all who know her. She describes her as a good listener who has strong values and faith.
“Those who know Sara know that her heart is filled with joy, hope and celebration,” Neale noted. “She recognizes the needs of those less fortunate. She has a huge heart. She is the first to celebrate accomplishments by giving recognition to others, bringing in baked goods to share with co-workers, or acknowledging hard work from committee members.
“When you are around Sara you can’t help but feel and see what’s good in the world.”