2014 saw the introduction of the WISE Women of Distinction Award, an elevation of the WISE Women of the Year honor in celebration of the 20th luncheon. The Women of Distinction have reached the highest levels of success while supporting other women in the field. The recipients — selected by the national board instead of through the traditional WISE member vote — were Barbara Paddock, Judy Sweet and Women of the Year honorees Val Ackerman and Christine Driessen. The special honor returns in 2019 for the 25th luncheon. Anita DeFrantz, Janet Fletcher, Lisa Murray, Michele A. Roberts and Suzanne Smith join this impressive group of women who have truly made a difference in the industry.