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Az Business honors Most Influential Women in Arizona

They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of industry.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2015, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “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.”

Members of the 2015 list will be recognized at the Most Influential Women in Arizona Cocktail Party on August 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe. Click here to purchase tickets.

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2015 are:

Amy Abdo, director, Fennemore Craig

Jennifer Anderson, senior vice president and regional manager, Wells Fargo

Karen Anderson, researcher, ASU’s Biodesign Institute

Lauren Bailey, founder, Upward Projects

Glynis Bryan, CFO, Insight Enterprises

Rita Cheng, president, NAU

Judith S. Gordon, associate professor and associate head for research at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine

Alisa Gray, shareholder, Tiffany & Bosco

Sue Hasenstein, BMO Harris Bank

Melissa Ho, Polsinelli

Bo Hughes, CFO and COO, Pinnacle Bank

Veronique James, CEO, The James Agency

Isabelle Jazo, senior vice president of strategy, LaneTerralever

Carolyn J. Johnsen, Dickinson Wright

Eileen Klein, Arizona Board of Regents

Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies

Becky Kuhn, executive vice president, Banner Health

Betsy Kuzas, chief operating officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Michelle Lawrie, economic development director, Goodyear

Nona Lee, SVP and general counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks

Hope Leibsohn, member, Sherman & Howard

Stacey L. Lihn, Gallagher & Kennedy

Tina Machado, president, CodeRed-I

Carol May, president, Wisdom Natural Brands DBA SweetLeaf

Sara McCoy, first female to manage a power plant for SRP

Erica McGinnis, president and CEO, AIG Advisor Group

Tammy McLeod, vice president, APS

Rose Megian, president and CEO, Health Net of Arizona

Dion Messer, general counsel – intellectual property, Limelight Networks

MaryAnn Miller, senior vice president, Avnet

Ioanna Morfessis, president, IO.Inc.

Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh,VP and General Counsel, Honeywell

Annette G. Musa, Arizona market president, Comerica Bank

Christine Nowaczyk, senior vice president, Bank of Arizona

Deborah Pearson, Arizona State Credit Union

Susan Pepin, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Suzanne Pfister, president and CEO, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives

Christina Roderick, principal, REDW

Patricia Rourke, market president, Bankers Trust

Lisa Sanchez, COO, The CORE Institute

Adelaida V. Severson, president and CEO, Bushtex

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ 9th District

Sherri Slayton, Alliance Bank of Arizona

Wendi A. Sorensen, Burch & Cracchiolo

Molly Stockley, vice president of hospital growth, CTCA

Cathy Valenzuela, president, Arizona Business Bank

Kimberly Van Amburg, CEO, Casino Del Sol Resort

Cheryl Vogt, managing director, Marsh

Cynthia Walter, president, BAGNALL

Lori L. Winkelman, Quarles & Brady LLP

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Denyse Airheart, interim director of economic development, City of Maricopa

Jessica Benford, shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

Dr. Ivana Dzeletovic, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Stephanie Parra, executive director, T.W. Lewis Foundation

Teresa M. Pilatowicz, of counsel, Garman Turner Gordon

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

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TW Lewis awards 10 scholarships to ASU’s Barrett

T.W. Lewis Foundation continues its mission to help people reach their potential by offering 10 high performing graduates with a $5,000 scholarship for four-years ($20,000 total) to Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University (ASU.) The Foundation has awarded 130 scholarships to Maricopa County students since its inception in 2002.

The Foundation recognizes that while there are a variety of academic scholarships available to students, T.W. Lewis dedicates financial support to students focused on excellence and who will have a career of significance once they enter the workforce.

The T.W. Lewis Scholarship at Barrett Honors College was created to provide high potential student leaders with self-awareness tools, career counseling, learning opportunities and financial aid so they can finish college and have a positive impact on the world.

“The T.W. Lewis Scholarship program is our way of humbly paying it forward to students who are on the fast track to success,” said Tom Lewis, CEO, T.W. Lewis. “The quality students Barrett attracts are our future business and community leaders. The Honors College provides them with a strong foundation and the valuable tools to thrive. We are honored to support the programs and students at this remarkable institution.”

Following are the 10 scholarship recipients for 2015:

Kevin Bergauer, Chandler
August Elton, Scottsdale
BrieAnna Frank, Phoenix
Sierra Grubb, Cave Creek
Olivia King, Mesa
Sabrina Leigh-Godfrey, Mesa
Edward Meza, Gilbert
Timothy Otis, Mesa
Abigail Reed, Chandler
Ari Stoneman, Phoenix

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TW Lewis Foundation hires executive director

SParra T.W. Lewis Foundation is pleased to announce Stephanie Parra as its executive director, a new position for the organization.

Parra brings valuable experience in education, social work and non-profit management to the Foundation, which supports a wide array of education and family-focused non-profits with a common goal of strengthening the community.

As executive director, Parra will oversee the Foundation’s annual giving budget with a focus on education, children and families. This work will begin immediately with the review and selection of the annual T.W. Lewis Scholarship Program recipients to Arizona State University’s (ASU) Barrett, The Honors College. Parra also will work closely with the Foundation’s non-profit partners to determine areas of need, allocate funding and further develop the organization’s overall giving strategy and vision.

“Adding an executive director to the Foundation will enable us to maximize the impact of our giving,” said Tom Lewis, owner and CEO of T.W. Lewis Company and founder, with his wife Jan, of the T.W. Lewis Foundation. “Stephanie’s experience, demonstrated leadership skills and passion for education and child welfare make her the perfect fit for our new role. We are excited to welcome her to the team.”

Parra began her career as a social worker for Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona. During her four years in social work, Parra saw first-hand how education could transform life opportunities for children. After earning her masters degree from ASU, Parra worked at the university in a number of different roles, all with a focus on entrepreneurship and leadership. Most recently, Parra was the Manager of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Teach For America, where she coached entrepreneurs on pitching investors and donors.

“It is an honor to join T.W. Lewis Foundation, an organization that shares so many of my core values and goals,“ said Parra. “My previous roles have prepared me for this position and I look forward to supporting programs that will have such an impact on young people and families in our community.”

Parra is an active member of the community, affiliated with the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA), the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). She is currently a Governing Board Member for Phoenix Union High School District, where she works toward fulfilling the mission of preparing students for success in college, career and life.

One of the first in her family to go to college, Parra holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from ASU. A first generation American citizen, Parra was born and raised in Yuma, AZ and has lived in the Valley for 13 years.

 

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T.W. Lewis Foundation awards scholarships

The T.W. Lewis Foundation and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University have established a partnership to help honors students develop strong leadership skills. Together they are creating specialized classes to enhance the honors curriculum and better prepare students for their chosen careers. The focused classes are under development and will be available beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. The T.W. Lewis Foundation began supporting Barrett through its scholarship program, which awards academic scholarships to Maricopa County high school seniors who are planning to attend Barrett. The Honors College currently has 25 T.W. Lewis Foundation Scholars within its program.

T.W. Lewis Foundation is the only partnership of its kind within Barrett. The importance the foundation places on leadership, career development and community involvement complement the vision of the Honors College. The financial support provided by T.W. Lewis Foundation is also essential for most students within the program, as up to 95 percent of Barrett students receive merit-based aid while 40 percent have need-based financial support in addition to their merit-based assistance.

The T.W. Lewis Foundation Scholarship Program began in 2002 and, to-date, has committed more than $2.6 million helping 130 Maricopa County high school seniors. Each of those scholars has received a $20,000 four year academic scholarship. Focused specifically to help the local students, the program has narrowed its efforts since it began 13 years ago, and is now solely supporting students that are attending Barrett. By having all the students at one school, it allows the scholarship to offer more things to students like special classes, conferences and career counseling.

“The purpose of the T.W. Lewis Foundation Scholarship Program is to provide high potential student leaders with self-awareness tools, career counseling, learning opportunities and financial aid so they can reach their potential and have a positive impact on the Valley and beyond,” says Tom Lewis, owner and CEO of T.W. Lewis Company and founder, with his wife Jan, of the T.W. Lewis Foundation. “Through the scholarship program and our partnership with Barrett, we are identifying tomorrow’s leaders now, then helping to prepare them for a life of achievement and service.”

The class of 2014 T.W. Lewis Scholars are from all areas of the Valley, reaching from Gilbert to Peoria. Applications are accepted each spring with recipients selected based upon leadership qualities, entrepreneurial potential, strong personal character, academic achievement and financial need. The 2014 recipients are:

• Ruth Hicks, Higley High School
• Carolina Loera, Marcos de Niza High School
• Crystal Loza, Metro Tech High School
• Thomas Murphy, Mesquite High School
• Malachi Payne, Marcos de Niza High School
• Troy Penny, Centennial High School
• Audrie Pirkl, Bourgade Catholic High School
• Kaitlyn Selman, Desert Vista High School
• Shimoli Shah, Corona Del Sol High School
• Spencer Wilhelm, Perry High School

Barrett is a unique experience for 5,000 students at ASU. While the university has an enrollment of more than 75,000 students, Barrett delivers a small, intellectual environment by providing its own housing, as well as a place to dine and study. In addition, it offers its students enriched academic courses and events. The new honors courses developed through the partnership will explore and enhance personal and professional development and include themed topics like: Life Lessons; Values, Character and Leadership; Decision Making and Risk Taking; and Success.

“It is meaningful for us to work with an organization like the T.W. Lewis Foundation that shares a common goal of cultivating young leaders to positively impact the community,” says Lexi Killoren, Director of Development at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. “At Barrett, we often say this is where ability meets opportunity. Because of the time and financial resources Tom and Jan Lewis have invested in our program, our gifted students are able to garner much more than academic discipline during their time with us. They gain a deeper appreciation by interacting with corporate and
community leaders, delving into career opportunities and giving back to the community.”

Positive Coaching Alliance

Lewis Helps Positive Coaching Alliance Launch Phoenix Branch

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit committed to providing all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience, is establishing a PCA-Phoenix chapter with major financial support from Tom Lewis and the T.W. Lewis Foundation.

“Thanks to Tom Lewis and the T.W. Lewis Foundation, the youth of Phoenix will benefit from character development through sports,” said Jim Thompson, PCA’s founder and chief executive officer. “Our training, which results in youth learning life lessons from sports as they compete, comprises three models: the Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports; the Second-Goal Parent, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing; and the Triple-Impact Competitor, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.”

PCA’s Double-Goal Coach training for youth and high school sports coaches occurs through a combination of live group workshops for all the coaches of a partnering school or youth sports organization, online courses that complement the live training, books by Jim Thompson, and follow-up electronic communications that reinforce the training year-round. Positive Coaching Alliance provides similar tracks of training for sports parents, student-athletes, and school or organizational leaders.

To ensure a successful beginning for the PCA-Phoenix chapter, the T.W. Lewis Foundation will provide a three-year matching grant.

“We are excited to help this quality organization get started in Phoenix,” said Tom Lewis. “We believe that it will make a large and positive impact on youth sports throughout the Greater Phoenix area.”

In addition to the new PCA-Phoenix chapter, Positive Coaching Alliance has operations in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Philadelphia/New York/New Jersey, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay area and Washington, DC. Positive Coaching Alliance conducts workshops throughout the U.S., including areas that do not have established PCA operations.

For more information about becoming involved with the PCA-Phoenix chapter, contact Carter Jordan at carter_jordan@positivecoach.org.

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