A crowd of nearly 500 packed Desert Botanical Garden Thursday to honor Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2016.
“All the women we are honoring tonight have procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, leadership, and innovation,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green.
“These women are changing the face of Arizona Business.”
The women were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 candidates by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts.
They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of industry. They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2016, as selected from a pool of more than 1,000 candidates by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts.
“While their resumes and industries may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of professional excellence, leadership, innovation and community impact,” said Az Business magazine Editor in Chief Michael Gossie. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”
AZ Business does not allow a woman to make the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business list more than once. If you know someone who should be considered for 2017, nominate them at azbigmedia.com.
Here are the Most Influential Women in Arizona business for 2016:
Clare H. Abel, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Kimberly Anderson-Matich, Anderson Security Agency
Sharon Bondurant, Tech Finders
Susan Brichler Trujillo, Quarles & Brady
Margery Brown, GPEC
Christina Burroughs, MRA Associates
Kami Cothrun, Pieceful Solutions
Jaime R. Daddona, Squire Patton Boggs
Roopali Desai, Coppersmith Brockelman
Ruth Engle, Troon Golf
Roxann Gallagher, Sacks Tierney P.A.
Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix
Karen S. Gaylord, Jennings, Haug & Cunningham
Sandy Gibson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Dr. Parul Goel, Barrow Neurosurgical Associates
Sharon Grambow, Sun Health Senior Living
Molly Greene, SRP
Nicholle Harris, Gust Rosenfeld
Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC
Dr. Janice Johnston, Redirect Health
Nima Kelly, GoDaddy
Jalina Kerr, Charles Schwab & Co.
Linda Little, iHeartMEDIA
Dr. Melanie D. Logue, Grand Canyon University
Kate Maynard Hickman, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Snell & Wilmer
Dawn Nagle, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance
Pam Nenaber, Banner Pharmaceutical Operations
Mary Orlando, USAA
Deborah Ostreicher, City of Phoenix
Melanie Pate, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Cathy Reece, Fennemore Craig
Cynthia A. Ricketts, Sacks, Ricketts & Case LLP
Mirja Riester, RIESTER
Dawn Rogers, 2017 Phoenix NCAA Basketball Final Four
Dr. Cecilia Rosales, University of Arizona College of Public Health
Kim Sabow, Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association
Jasgit Sachdev, HonorHealth
April Salomon, Musical Instrument Museum
Jody Sarchett, Lovitt & Touche
Trish Stark, First Western Trust
Lisa Urias, Urias Communications
Deanna Wise, Dignity Health
Alexi Venneri, Digital Air Strike™
Alexi Venneri, Co-founder and CEO, Digital Air Strike
Venneri previously worked for the Seattle Mariners and multiple technology companies before starting her award-winning social media and digital engagement company that now employs 170 with most based in Scottsdale.
Advice: “If you see an opportunity – take it. I started Digital Air Strike during a recession in 2010 because that’s when I saw an opportunity to help businesses find innovative and low-cost ways to reach consumers through social media”.
Surprising fact: “I’ve always been interested in entrepreneurs and wrote a book, ‘Balls! 6 Rules for Winning Today’s Business Game,’ about them.”