7 women from Phoenix among 2020 Best of KNOW honorees

Above: Julie Giese, the president of Phoenix Raceway, was one of Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women of 2019. (Photo courtesy of Phoenix Raceway) Business News | 20 Jul |

The KNOW Women announced today the honorees of the 2020 Best of KNOW book, a special yearly publication celebrating its top female leaders from across North America. The 2020 honorees will be recognized at the annual KNOW Women Summit which will take place October 21-23, 2021, at the Civana Resort and Spa in Cave Creek, Arizona.


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The Best of KNOW Book, presented by Morgan Auto Group, is an annual hardcover book that is distributed internationally and recognizes a select group of women from each city where KNOW Women has a presence. The book honors extraordinary individuals for their national notoriety, inspiration, dedication, and significant contribution to the advancement of women. The women selected for this feature have not only achieved high levels of professional success, but also serve as inspiring leaders and mentors, and are actively creating a legacy by passing on their vision to women of the future.

The 2020 KNOW Women honorees include: 

• Dr. Vershale Shukla of Vincere Cancer Center, Phoenix, Arizona

• Ann Meyers Drysdale of The Phoenix Mercury and Suns, Phoenix, Arizona

• Julie Giese of Phoenix Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona

• Kate Gallego of Mayor of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona

• Pam Giannonatti of Fry’s Foods, Phoenix, Arizona

• Ginger Clayton of Elontec, Phoenix, Arizona

• Brittney Griner of The Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix, Arizona

• Farrah Morgan of Brand Jane Studio, Raleigh, North Carolina

• Susan Crews of Huntsboro Hemp Company, Raleigh, North Carolina

• Lisa Wester of Lab Corp, Raleigh, North Carolina

• Alma Adams of NC House of Reps, Charlotte, North Carolina

• Dr. Lisa Folden of Healthy Phit Physical Therapy and Wellness Consultants, Charlotte, North Carolina

• Tenisha Patterson Brown of Definitive Sports Group, Charlotte, North Carolina

• Jacinda Jacobs, Melody McCord Stephens, Diana McFarlane of Uniquely Qualified Inc, Charlotte, North Carolina

• Julie Ball of Sparkle Hustle Grow/Subscription Box Bootcamp, Asheville, North Carolina

• Kimmy Hunter of Wishbone Homes, Asheville, North Carolina

• Carrie Doll of Carrie Doll Consulting, Edmonton, Canada

• Dr. Jody Carrington of Dr. Jody Carrington Consulting Inc., Edmonton, Canada

• Jackie Rainforth of Rainmakers Business Solutions, Calgary, Canada

• Filomena May of Filo Financial Solutions of Raymond James Ltd., Calgary, Canada

• Kareeda Aguam of the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

• Amy Walberg of PRESS, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

• Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota, Florida

• Pam Sowder and Kaye Dixon of It Works!, Sarasota, Florida

• Haley Crum of FrankCrum, of Tampa Bay, Florida

• Tracie Domino of Event Outfitters, Tampa Bay, Florida

• Joanna Olsen of Coyote Ugly, Tampa Bay, Florida

• Claire Lessinger of Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Tampa Bay, Florida

• Jackie Toledo, PE of Florida State Representative, Tampa Bay, Florida

• Que Raphael of Starlink Realty Inc, Fort Myers, Florida

• Cyndi Doragh of Iron Ridge Insurance Services, Fort Myers, Florida

• Dr. Amanda Sterk of College UnMazed,LLC, Fort Myers, Florida

• Erica Castner of Castner Consulting, Fort Myers, Florida

• Aisha Adams of Aisha Adams Media, Asheville, North Carolina

“Attaining the Best of KNOW honor is a lifetime achievement for a select group of dynamic female leaders and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and Canada,” says Sarah Benken, CEO and Publisher of The KNOW Women. “These honorees have shown remarkable business growth, leadership in their communities, and mentorship of other women and girls. I could not be prouder to celebrate these phenomenal women leaders at our Summit this fall.”

The 2021 Annual KNOW Women Summit and Best of KNOW Celebration will bring together dynamic women leaders and business owners from North America for two full days of workshops, panels, networking opportunities, a shopping marketplace, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on honorees from 2020 and 2019, with award presentations at the Best of KNOW Women Celebration Dinner, presented by Morgan Auto Group. For the full list of 2020 and 2019 Honorees, visit https://theknowwomen.com/2020-best-of-know-honorees/.

The Summit is open to award honorees, KNOW Global members and their female guest, corporate supporters, and all women looking for inspiration and connections in business and career. For more information on KNOW Women or to register to attend the 2021 Annual KNOW Women Summit, visit www.knowtribesummit.com.

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