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Robin Milne

Robin Milne – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Robin Milne – Executive director, Phoenix Suns Charities

Milne said her job is “a dream” because she can combine her passion for sports and philanthropy. Milne works with the organization’s board of directors to raise and grant more than $1 million annually to programs in the areas of education, health, human services, the arts, rehabilitation, sports and recreation.

Surprising fact: “In college, I was a ‘lock’ on the scrum of a women’s rugby club. We were the Phoenix ‘Squash Blossoms‘ — our name said it all.”

Biggest challenge: “The organization took on a first-time initiative to ‘adopt’ Central High, in an effort to significantly increase graduation rates. We brought in ASU Teacher’s College’s iTeach AZ graduating teachers to mentor Central High teachers and its students to deliver that individual attention needed.”

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Lori Linder

Lori Linder – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Lori LinderCOO, MomDoc

In May, Linder brought more than 33 years of experience to MomDoc, a women’s health organization with six practices and 15 offices in Arizona. Before MomDoc, Linder served in both CFO and CEO roles for Banner Health.

Surprising fact: I am not the typical stereotype of an accountant. I am known for being approachable with excellent communication and listening skills that have enabled me to effectively collaborate, negotiate and maintain positive relationships.”

Biggest challenge: “Opening a new hospital in Northern Pinal County and taking on many assignments that went above and beyond financial experience. I overcame the challenge by just jumping in with both feet and learned as I did the assignment.

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Jennifer Linder

Jennifer Linder, M.D. – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jennifer Linder, M.D. – Chief scientific officer, PCA Skin

Linder, a board-certified dermatologist and a fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic skin surgeon, guides all product development and clinical trials for PCA Skin, ThinkGlobal’s 2013 Exporter of the Year in the Health & Beauty category. She is one of the foremost U.S. experts in the use of the cosmetic filler, Sculptra, and is also on medical advisory boards for Botox and Juvéderm.

Surprising fact: “While I majored in engineering in college, I pursued my love of art through painting classes. Through medical school and into my life today, I still paint.”

Biggest challenge: “My husband and I spent five years living in separate cities – before and after marriage. Being apart was difficult, but we traveled to visit each other frequently.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Michelle Lind

Michelle Lind – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Michelle Lind – CEO, Arizona Association of Realtors

Lind oversees the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the largest trade association in Arizona. Prior to becoming CEO, Lind served as the primary legal advisor to the association and was integral in the development of AAR’s contract forms. Lind began her legal career at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon and later joined two other lawyers and became a partner in Combs, Mack & Lind, a law firm focusing on real estate litigation and transactions.

Surprising fact: “Prior to attending law school, I was a registered nurse working in obstetrics and out-patient surgery.”

Biggest challenge: “My biggest challenge has been balancing my professional life and personal life. I try to overcome the challenge by setting priorities both at home and at the office.”

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Sharon Lecher

Sharon Lechter – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sharon Lechter – Founder and CEO, Pay Your Family First

Lechter, winner of National Bank of Arizona’s fourth annual Women’s Financial Group (WFG) Woman of the Year Award. is a local businesswoman, investor and financial literary activist whose philanthropic work has helped establish, educate and train professional women in the Valley. She also is the co-author of “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” a financial selfhelp book that has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide.

Surprising fact: “I am as comfortable and happy driving an ATV through the Tonto National Forest on our ranch as I am sitting in a corporate board room negotiating a multi-million dollar deal.”

Biggest challenge: “Creating legislative change to require financial education be taught in high schools… and the battle goes on.”

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Jeri Jones

Jeri Jones – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jeri Jones – CEO, UnitedHealthcare

Jones has been with UnitedHealthcare for more than a decade and currently oversees employer and individual markets for Arizona, Utah and Idaho. Prior to taking this role, Jones was chief of staff for the West Region of UnitedHealthcare, responsible for strategy and execution of the regional vision and business plan. Jones holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Northern Arizona University and is a C.P.A.

Surprising fact: “I co-owned a hot-air balloon.”

Biggest challenge: “Public speaking. It hasn’t been easy, but as the CEO of a major healthcare company, I had to get use to speaking in front of groups, on TV and about myself, which I wasn’t very comfortable doing.”

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Wendy Jameson

Wendy Jameson – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Wendy Jameson – Co-founder and CEO, Colnatec

Jameson, who earned a 2011 White House “Champion of Change” award, has developed and launched multiple technology companies as both a consultant and founder. This includes a multinational consulting organization, her self-owned company, Potentiate, and Colnatec. Colnatec is the only company in the world designing and developing state of the art manufacturing process control sensors for thin film measurement of high temperature processes.

Surprising fact: “I’m an introvert. I’m loud and seemingly outgoing, but I’m far more comfortable with a good book.”

Biggest challenge: “Allowing myself to take some credit for Colnatec’s wins. I’m not as good at recognizing my own contributions as I am in recognizing others’ contributions.”

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Jodi Jerich

Jodi Jerich – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jodi JerichExecutive director, Arizona Corporation Commission

As executive director of the Arizona Corporation Commission, Jerich oversees a state agency that has 300 employees and a $27 million budget. She came to the commission after serving about three years as director of the Arizona Residential Utility Consumer Office, a state agency that advocates for consumers on electric, gas, phone, water and telecommunication issues. The commission is responsible for granting or denying utility rate adjustments, enforcing transportation safety and public service requirement. Jerich is an attorney and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Surprising fact: “I have never eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”

Biggest challenge: “My parents gave me good advice: “Don’t ignore a challenge; instead, set a course to conquer it.”

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Amy Hillman - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Amy Hillman – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Amy Hillman – Dean, W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University

Hillman, a world-renowned management expert, popular teacher and noted researcher, took over as dean of the W. P. Carey School on March 1. Hillman is the first-ever female dean of the school, which has undergraduate, full-time MBA, part-time MBA and online MBA programs all ranked Top 30 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Surprising fact: “One of my earliest executive education experiences was helping give tools to Czech professors to train managers in their country after the Berlin Wall came down.”

Biggest challenge: “Managing dual careers, since my husband is also an academic. We commuted long distance and traded off ideal positions. We both couldn’t be happier at ASU.”

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Lynne Herndon - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Lynne Herndon – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Lynne Herndon – Phoenix city president, BBVA Compass Bank

Herndon, who has worked in the banking industry for roughly 25 years, oversees the business lending activities in Phoenix for commercial lending and commercial real estate lending, including treasury management and deposits. Total loans outstanding under management are $950 million. Herndon also serves as the 2012-2013 chairman of the board of directors for the Arizona Bankers Association (AzBA). She earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Alabama.

Surprising fact: “I love rock ’n’ roll music and I go to about 20 concerts a year.”

Biggest challenge: “Keeping the sales team motivated during the 2008 downturn was challenging. Frequent communication as well as positive feedback for good work was critical.”

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Sheryl Hildebrand - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Sheryl Hildebrand – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sheryl Hildebrand – Partner, Deloitte

Hildebrand is Deloitte’s Phoenix leader for its Enterprise Risk Advisory Services practice. She previously held similar roles in Silicon Valley and Seattle. Hildebrand leads a team of 40 professionals providing internal audit, IT auditing, enterprise risk management and finance process improvement services.

Surprising fact: “On sunny weekends, you can find me on the back seat of a Harley — in desert mountain ranges near Phoenix or forested highways of Washington state, traveling with the wind in my hair.”

Biggest challenge: “Being asked to uproot and move my family and my practice two times to take on business growth and leadership responsibilities in new locations. Network, network, network.”

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Kathy Hancock - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Kathy Hancock – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Kathy Hancock – Executive director, Fennemore Craig

Hancock manages Fennemore’s administration across its offices in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. Her experience includes complex government relations and issues management projects for business and industry, including mines, energy companies, development companies and manufacturers.

Surprising fact: “I asked my husband and he said, ‘You’re a pretty straight shooter. I don’t think much would surprise people.’”

Biggest challenge: “The multi-year process that started about 10 years ago involving a diagnosis of lymphoma for my husband, who went through chemotherapy, relapsed and then underwent a successful bone marrow transplant. He has done well in the 7 years since … Ultimately, we hung in there together, took baby steps when anything more was too much to contemplate and kept on marching.”

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Beth Harmon-Vaughan - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Beth Harmon-Vaughan – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Beth Harmon-Vaughan – Managing principal, Gensler

With more than 30 year’s experience, Harmon-Vaughan leads design teams in innovation and service for Gensler in Phoenix. Her body of work, encompassing almost every type of commercial and institutional project, is continually recognized for design excellence. As managing principal, Harmon-Vaughan oversees project design development, management and overall strategy. She serves as the client’s advocate, challenging the team to explore all options to ensure solutions are thoroughly developed. Harmon-Vaughan has been recognized and honored by her peers with fellowship status in the IIDA.

Surprising fact: “I’m half Canadian.”

Biggest challenge: “The recent recession, which we have overcome by having positioned for a better market while building our local design portfolio.”

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Nicole France Stanton - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Nicole France Stanton – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Nicole France StantonPartner, Quarles & Brady   

The primary focus of France Stanton’s practice is defending professionals such as lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers and others in malpractice actions, earning a spot in The Best Lawyers in America in 2011 and 2013. In 2012, she created the award-winning Stop Bullying AZ to bring awareness of the issue of bullying.

Surprising fact: “I have three tiaras from pageants I was in during high school. I am a firm believer that every women should have at least one tiara.”

Biggest challenge: “Trying to balance the competing interests in my life … I have overcome this by knowing what my highest priority is — my kids … I’ve become much more organized and intensely selective in what I choose to participate in both professionally and personally.”

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Diane Enos - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Diane Enos – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Diane Enos – President,  Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Enos is the second woman elected as president of the SRPMIC. She is dedicated to promoting education for the SRPMIC people and creating new opportunities that allow the traditional O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) lifestyle to flourish within the community. Enos is the first member of the SRPMIC to become an attorney and is chair of the executive board for the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona.

Surprising fact: “I am a painter at heart. My undergrad degree is in fine arts and I had started on a career in painting and sculpture before getting the political bug.

Biggest challenge: “Time management and learning how to accomplish as much as I can without being scattered.”

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Christine Espinoza - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Christine Espinoza – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Christine EspinozaFounder and CEO, Platform Scottsdale

Espinoza has been selling residential real estate since 1997 and currently works with HomeSmart Elite Group. In 2012, she started a women’s group called Platform Scottsdale. This group welcomes everyone from the stay-at-home mom to the business owner and serves to connect, promote and inspire local women.

Surprising fact: “My family and I were on ‘Family Feud’ in 2010.”

Biggest challenge: “Going through a divorce. Coming from a family where my parents have been married over 40 years, I was not prepared for this overwhelming life change … To surround myself with supportive, wonderful women, I founded Platform Scottsdale … I discovered that I can accomplish much more with the support of these women, and create lifelong friendships that I will forever cherish.”

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Judith Dworkin - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Judith Dworkin – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Judith DworkinManaging partner, Sacks Tierney

Dworkin’s practice is devoted primarily to Indian law and water resources law issues. She also teaches courses in water law and natural resources Law at the ASU College of Law and advises its Indian Law Program. She lectures regularly and publishes on topics relating to economic development on Indian reservations.

Surprising fact: “After earning a Ph.D. and pursuing a career as an academic at universities in Canada and the United States, I left academia, with a newborn son in tow, to enter law school.”

Biggest challenge: “Whether managing or negotiating, I try to understand the people sitting at the table, so I can find a solution that works for all. It’s a continuing challenge.”

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Sara Dial - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Sara R. Dial – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sara R. DialChief development officer, Discovery Triangle Development Corporation

Dial is president and CEO of Sara Dial & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in site selection, government relations, and economic and community development. She also helps lead the Discovery Triangle, a nonprofit services company that hopes to form a coordinated, regional force for urban redevelopment.

Surprising fact: “I was a nationally-ranked competitive swimmer as a child. It taught me the skills to be successful in business and life: self-discipline, focus, drive and teamwork.”

Biggest challenge: “In 2008, Mayor Phil Gordon challenged me to create a big idea around urban revitalization. After months of research and outreach, the Discovery Triangle, a new approach to regional urbanism, was born. Today, the Discovery Triangle region is thriving.”

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Michelle De Blasi - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Michelle De Blasi – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Michelle De BlasiShareholder, Greenberg Traurig

De Blasi focuses her practice on environmental law, with an emphasis on natural resources matters. She advises clients on energy and environmental matters, including traditional and renewable energy project development, environmental permitting and compliance, and greenhouse gas emissions. She is also co-chair of the Arizona Energy Consortium.

Surprising fact: “I grew up on a working farm in rural Colorado, but I started my career near the ocean working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

Biggest challenge: “Finding a good work-life balance as a working mom. There are sometimes challenges, but many rewards, and I’m proud my kids know both are options for them.”

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Diane Costantino - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Diane Costantino – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Diane CostantinoManaging partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Costantino has been managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers since June 2004. She helps her clients with acquisition structuring, global expansion and other complex tax matters. She also gives back to the community through her involvement in Boys and Girls Clubs and United Way. She also received the Spirit of Philanthropy Award for her work with the Arizona’s Children Association. She is a Graduate of the University of Arizona.

Surprising fact: “I love being outdoors, am an avid hiker and have hiked the Grand Canyon numerous times.”

Biggest challenge: “To succeed as the managing partner required seeking advice from accomplished leaders, prioritizing what I wanted to achieve, collaborating
with my partners and developing a winning strategy.”

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Tamika Curry Smith - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Tamika Curry Smith – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Tamika Curry SmithFounder and president, The TCS Group, Inc

Curry Smith leads The TCS Group, Inc., a human resources and diversity and inclusion consulting firm. She helps clients resolve human resources and diversity-related issues that impact business and organizational performance. Before founding The TCS Group, Curry Smith was the director of diversity for both Target Corporation and Deloitte Consulting.

Surprising fact: “I’m a huge football fan. I love to watch college and NFL games and I’m usually the only woman in my Fantasy Football league.”

Biggest challenge: “People assuming I’m inexperienced due to my petite size and young-looking appearance. I overcome those perceptions by being confident, establishing credibility, then showing the value I bring.”

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Theresa Chacopulos - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Theresa E. Chacopulos – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Theresa E. ChacopulosSenior vice president and senior financial advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors

Chacopulos was ranked among Barron’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors for 2013 and was ranked No. 1 in the state of Arizona. Chacopulos serves high net worth clients, offering a customized approach to portfolio management. A 29-year financial services veteran, she holds the Certified Financial Planner and Certified Investment Management Analyst designations. She is insurance licensed in Arizona and has Series 7 and 66 registrations.

Surprising fact: “I started my career as a drive-in teller with First Interstate Bank.”

Biggest challenge: “In 1999, I transitioned my business, reducing my client base to a manageable number, allowing me to provide better service.”

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Jan Brewer - 50 Most Influential Womenin AZ Business

Jan Brewer – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jan BrewerGovernor, State of Arizona

Brewer became Arizona’s 22nd governor in 2009, inheriting the worst budget deficit in the country. Through her support of free-market principles, competitive taxes, lean regulations and a ready workforce, she has transformed Arizona into one of the most business-friendly states in the nation.

Surprising fact: “I’m a gardener at heart. You need the right seeds, plus water and sunshine. And you have to run off the rabbits. Sounds a little like the Legislature, right?”

Biggest challenge: “Balancing my family and home life with a career in public service. While this issue can never be truly ‘overcome,’ it’s one I manage day-by-day, guided by my love of family and the people I serve.”

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Diane Brossart - Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Diane Brossart – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Diane BrossartPresident and CEO, Arizona Forward

Brossart joined the nonprofit civic group — which aims to move Arizona forward environmentally, economically and socially — as a member 30 years ago. She was appointed to her leadership role in 1991, when Valley Forward focused exclusively on Maricopa County. Rebranded as Arizona Forward is 2012, its expanded statewide sustainability agenda includes: land use, transportation, air quality, energy, water and environmental education.

Surprising fact: “I believe my mother who passed away nearly 10 years ago lives as a rabbit in my backyard.”

Biggest challenge: “Taking Valley Forward statewide after 43 years as the Valley’s voice for balance. I’m bringing the best and brightest talent around Arizona together to help make the Grand Canyon State the greatest place in America to live.”

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