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Analysis shows costs of wage gap for Arizona women

Green Job Opportunities for Women

An analysis released for Equal Pay Day shows just how much damage the gender-based wage gap is doing to Arizona’s families and economy. Women employed full time in Arizona are paid just 84 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $7,263. This means that, collectively, Arizona women lose nearly $6 billion… Read More →

Seed Spot hosts women entrepreneurs workshop


Do you know any women who are eager to enter the world of entrepreneurship? A woman who wants to learn the ins and outs of launching a company, straight from successful entrepreneurs and mentors? Or perhaps you know a woman who has an idea and wants to scale her business in the New Year? If… Read More →

Female leaders rise up in Arizona tourism industry

HSMAI - Tourism

It might surprise people to know that tourism generates more money for Arizona than aerospace, agriculture, microelectronics and mining. And leading that $20-billion-a-year economic juggernaut are a bunch of women. Debbie Johnson is president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, Sherry Henry is executive director of the Arizona Office of Tourism and… Read More →

Beth Jo Zeitzer – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Beth Jo Zeitzer

Beth Jo Zeitzer – Founder and president, R.O.I. Properties Zeitzer, an attorney by training, has more than 20 years of experience in the legal and real estate industries. She has a strong background in the turnaround, repositioning and disposition of real estate assets, from single family residential to income producing properties of all types, including… Read More →

Dr. Judith Wolf – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Judith Wolf

Dr. Judith Wolf – Chief of surgery, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Wolf provides leadership and medical guidance for the surgery program at the cancer center. She has held numerous academic and administrative appointments at MD Anderson over the last eight years, and has served as the principal investigator for a multitude of research grants… Read More →

Donna Witherwax, CPA – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Donna Witherwax

Donna Witherwax, CPA – Partner, Grant Thornton With more than two decades of experience, most recently as a partner at KPMG in Phoenix, Witherwax, CPA, joined Grant Thornton in 2012 as a tax partner and the overall tax practice leader for the firm. She is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the practice, strengthening… Read More →

Rebecca White Berch – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Rebecca White Berch

Rebecca White Berch – Chief justice, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice White Berch was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2002 and has been chief justice since 2009. Before her Supreme Court appointment, she was a Court of Appeals judge (1998-2002); Arizona’s solicitor general (1991-1994); a member of the ASU College of Law faculty… Read More →

Patty White – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Patty White

Patty White – President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital White has been with Dignity Health Arizona for 30 years. During that time, she has had progressive management positions throughout the organization, including her most current role as president and CEO. Surprising fact: “I grew up 9 miles outside of a rural town in Missouri, a… Read More →

Vickie Wessel – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Vickie Wessel

Vickie Wessel – Owner, Spirit Electronics Wessel founded Spirit in 1979 and her innovative leadership has helped Spirit receive Raytheon’s coveted 3-Star Supplier Excellence Award for four consecutive years of, Boeing’s Performance Excellence Award, Distributor of the Year by Arizona’s Minority Business Development Agency, Distributor of the Year by the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development… Read More →

Ann Weaver Hart – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Ann Weaver Hart

Ann Weaver Hart – President, University of Arizona Hart, the 21st president of the University of Arizona, came to Tucson from Temple University, where she served as president from July 2006 until she assumed the presidency of the UA in July 2012. Her research focuses on leadership succession and development, work redesign and organizational behavior… Read More →

Sandra Watson – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sandra Watson

Sandra Watson – President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority Watson has more than 20 years of economic development leadership and experience. She and her teams have attracted hundreds of companies to Arizona that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 65,000 quality jobs. Surprising fact: “My career in economic development began… Read More →

Brenda Thomson – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Brenda Thomson

Brenda Thomson – Executive director, Arizona Humanities Council Thomson, who joined the Arizona Humanities Council in 2010, has a background in executive management, fundraising, human resources, public speaking, community relations, and strategic planning. The Yale Law School graduate was director of The Center for Law Leadership and Management at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of… Read More →

Patricia Tate – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Patricia Tate

Patricia Tate – Vice president and CFO, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona Tate joined Casino Arizona in 2004 as its finance controller, responsible for financial statement presentation and treasury administration. Her current role as the CFO and vice president includes all her previous responsibilities, along with management of the cage, count, finance, purchasing, compliance,… Read More →

Valerie Spicer – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Valerie Spicer

Valerie Spicer – Executive director, Arizona Indian Gaming Association Spicer brings 26 years of gaming experience to AIGA, which represents 19 Tribes. Most recently she was CEO of Gaming Strategies Group, where she promoted business development with tribal enterprises, governments and consulted tribal and individually owned businesses. Spicer has been named as a Great Woman… Read More →