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Aspire is a finalist for Most Innovative Company

Business Woman

Aspire was named a Finalist in the Most Innovative Company of the Year category in the 12th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program. Aspire has earned Bronze or Silver recognition in this category each year since 2006. The Stevie… Read More →

Natural Brands president earns 3 Stevie Awards


Carol May, president of Wisdom Natural Brands®, parent company of the leading stevia brand SweetLeaf®, was honored with three highly coveted awards at the 11th annual International Stevie Awards for Women in Business, held in New York City on November 14. May received her second Silver Award for Lifetime Achievement in Business and a Silver… Read More →

Wisdom Natural Brands President Earns Honors


Carol May, President of Wisdom Natural Brands®, parent company of the leading stevia brand SweetLeaf®, was honored with an unprecedented three coveted awards in the last week; two international awards at the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business as well as a leading businesswoman in the grocery industry from Progressive Grocer. At the… Read More →

Charter School Founder Awarded Global Business Award

School District

Arizona Charter Schools announced that its founder, Raena Janes, was honored with the bronze Stevie Award for Women in Business, for female Entrepreneur of the Year in consumer services for businesses with up to 2,500 employees. The award was announced Nov. 8 in New York City. Established in 2002, the Stevie Awards mark achievement throughout… 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 →