New awards for Kansas City businesswomen will be presented Thursday night

Seven women and a Kansas City utility will receive the inaugural Stemmy Awards, recognizing women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.

The Central Exchange, a networking and education organization that has been working to encourage STEMM careers for women, will give the new awards Thursday night. Event information is at

Kansas City Power & Light will receive the “corporate hero award” for promoting women in STEMM jobs.

The professionals to be honored:

Robin Stubenhofer, vice president of operations, Honeywell; Maria Flynn, chief executive, Orbis Biosciences; Ashley Hand, chief innovation officer, Kansas City; Paige Geiger, professor, University of Kansas Medical Center; Tina Peterson, product development manager, Sprint; Jennifer Wadella, Web developer, MindMixer; and Susan Stagg-Williams, professor, University of Kansas School of Engineering.

In addition, a Kansas State University student, Anastasia Weston, will be the first recipient of the WiSTEMM scholarship.

Nineteen area organizations are helping the Central Exchange as sponsors.

| Diane Stafford,