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Nominations Being Accepted for The Principal Riverwalk Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge

The Principal Riverwalk Bridge to spotlight Iowa Women of Achievement

February 25, 2013 (Des Moines, Iowa) —

WHAT: The iconic bridge on The Principal Riverwalk at Center Street in downtown Des Moines will be officially named “The Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge” as part of the dedication celebration of The Principal Riverwalk to be held in April or May of 2013. The bridge will display the names of women from Iowa’s history who have been nominated by citizens and selected for recognition by a panel of judges. As part of the naming, the first women to be recognized will be announced and their plaques unveiled on the bridge.

WHO: The honorees will be selected on merit, and nominees must be historical (deceased) women who have made a positive impact on the lives of others, achieved extraordinary accomplishments, inspired future generations, and been agents for change for the betterment of our state, our nation, or the world.

WHEN: Nomination deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013.

HOW: To nominate an Iowa Women of Achievement, go to All entries must be typed and submitted electronically by April 1, 2013. Any person or group may submit a nomination.

Nominations should include endorsements, and information on why this woman stands above others in her field or area of contribution. Please include results and impact of this nominee's contributions. Nominations should be no longer than two pages.

Materials cannot be returned to the nominator, so do not submit irreplaceable documents. Nominations remain current for three years and may then be resubmitted.

2013 Selection Committee

  • Joy Corning, former lieutenant governor
  • Michael Gartner, president, Iowa Board of Regents
  • Mary O'Keefe, chair, Riverfront Development Authority
  • Sally Pederson, former lieutenant governor
  • San Wong, director, Iowa Department of Human Rights

Contact Erica Jensen, Principal Financial Group,, 515.362.0049 with questions.

About The Principal Riverwalk

A gift to the city of Des Moines in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Principal Financial Group, The Principal Riverwalk connects the east and west sides of Des Moines through a seamless series of walking paths and bridges. The 1.2 mile loop will anchor four downtown Des Moines major attractions: the Botanical Center, the Court Avenue District, the Science Center of Iowa and the Iowa Events Center. The project also serves as a hub for the city's numerous bike trails, connecting nearly 300 miles worth of trails in Central Iowa.

About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)[1] is a global investment management leader offering retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has $403.0 billion in assets under management[2] and serves some 18.3 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit

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