Az Business and AZRE magazines honored the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2023 in front of a sold-out crowd Thursday, Aug. 17 at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix.
“This year, we learned that one of you was on the ‘Wallace and Ladmo Show’ when you were a child, another woman fed lion cubs out of a bottle, one claims to be the inventor of avocado toast, and yet another woman wanted to be a professional bowler when she was a kid,” said Amy Lindsey, publisher of AZ Big Media, which produces Az Business and AZRE magazines. “This year, we had nearly 2,000 women under consideration. That shows how deep the field of talented women is in our state. And it also shows that the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2023 truly represent the best of the best.”
This groundbreaking event would not be possible without the help of an amazing team of sponsors who have made this the biggest and best celebration of women in Arizona. Helping make the celebration a success:
• The presenting sponsor of the Most Influential Women in Arizona program was PNC Bank.
• The photo booth sponsor was Husch Blackwell.
• The red carpet sponsor was Concord General Contracting.
• Beverage sponsor: Burch & Cracchiolo.
• The dessert sponsor was Clayco.
• The digital sponsor was Deloitte.
• The Most Influential Women in Arizona cover shoot sponsor was Greenberg Traurig.
• The event production sponsor was Merestone.
• The fine jewelry sponsor was Molina Fine Jewelers.
In addition to honoring all 50 of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2023, five spotlight awards were presented.
Spotlight award winners
Community impact: Ann Marie Chischilly, Northern Arizona University
Innovation: Leslie Meyers, Salt River Project
Lifetime achievement: Sister Joan Fitzgerald, Xavier College Preparatory
Rising star: Danielle Puente, DP Electric
Woman of inspiration: Robin Villareal, Gila River Resorts & Casinos
The Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2023
Rachel Aja, Cox Communications
Heather Boysel, Gammage & Burnham
Christine Bracamonte Wiggs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Ann Marie Chischilly, Northern Arizona University
Stacy Derstine, APS
Allison Lynn Dozbaba, CPA, Wallace Plese + Dreher
Sister Joan Fitzgerald, Xavier College Preparatory
Julie Fletcher, Enterprise Bank & Trust
Sarah Frost, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, UMC South
Heather Genovese, Connections Health Solutions
Sara Gordon, JPMorgan Private Bank
Elizabeth Hart, Axon
Lisa Heppler, Lovitt & Touché
Rosary A. Hernandez, Burch & Cracchiolo
Amy Hysell, Arizona Financial Credit Union
Megan Irwin, Husch Blackwell
Zivit Katz-Tsameret, Intel
Linda Luman, Achieve
Andrea Marconi, Fennemore
Dr. Allison Mason, Grand Canyon University
Leslie Meyers, SRP
Joanne Mizell, Banner|Aetna
Jodi Noble, Deloitte
Erin Oliphant, American Heart Association
Katie Pehrson, PNC Bank
Pam Perry, Eller College of Management
Amilyn Pierce, Arizona Diamondbacks
Lisa Riley, Wells Fargo
Melissa Swift, WaFd Bank
Robin Villareal, Gila River Resorts & Casinos
Catrina Wakefield, Casago
Christine Whalin, DM Cantor
Jennifer R. Yee, Snell & Wilmer
Jaclyn Yoder, Wilde Wealth Management Group
Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate for 2023
Jamie Blakeman, Lokahi Engineering
Jenna Borcherding, VanTrust Real Estate
Lynette Dreitz Fort, Cawley Architects
Amy Fricke, LGE Design Build
Bonnie Halley, Colliers
Stephanie Handley, Clayco
Leigh-Anne Harrison, CHASSE Building Team
Angela Hood, P.B. Bell
Abelina Madrigal, Butler Design Group
Grenee Martacho, Concord General Contracting
Heather Personne, Evolve Ventures
Danielle Puente, DP Electric
Michelle Rutkowski, MOR Studio
Andi St. John, CBRE