Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2022, including Christine Gannon, founder and CEO of Brightworks Consulting. In celebration of the 11th anniversary of the Most Influential Women program, is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2022 each day leading up to the Most Influential Women of 2022 dinner and reception.

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Christine Gannon, founder & CEO, Brightworks Consulting

BACKGROUND: As CEO of Brightworks Consulting, Christine Gannon serves as a respected exemplary leader in the public, private and non-profit sectors. As CEO, Christine is known for her expertise in leadership, business process improvement, collaborative partnerships, and DE&I.  Her research is focused on leadership, equity, inclusion and ensuring the workplace is safe, educated and equitable.

SOURCE OF PRIDE: “During a conversation with a lifelong friend and colleague, we realized we were having the same conversation about the lack of women in the C-Suite as when we started our career together many years prior.  The same question arose: What will it take for women to achieve parity in the workplace and in the boardroom? Women could have the most esteemed mentors, the latest training and attend all the right universities and conferences but the pathway to equity in the workplace is still challenged. My impetus: Why is this issue still an issue and what would compel companies to implement change? This resulted in a co-authored book, Constitutional Grit: Using Grit as the Catalyst for Equity in the C-Suite and the launch of 501c3, The Foundation for Female Equity and Inclusion where I serve as president.” 

SURPRISING FACT: “My husband and I really enjoy cooking meals made up of dishes from cultures that are different from our own. Our friends and family are the happy beneficiaries of our experiments (most of the time).”

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION: “Elizabeth Cody-Stanton. Author, lecturer and chief philosopher of the women’s rights and suffrage movements, she formulated the agenda for women’s rights that guided the struggle well into the 20th century. While researching the women’s suffrage movement for my recently published book, Constitutional Grit: Using Grit as the Catalyst for Equity in the C-Suite, I was so inspired by Elizabeth’s commitment to a non-violent movement to ensure women had a voice.” 

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2022

Dr. Suzanne Bentz, Red Mountain Weight Loss

Stephanie A. Bivens, Bivens & Associates

Rachel M. Bond, MD, Dignity Health

Suzanne Boyles, City of Buckeye

Alaina Chabrier, SRP

Margaret Chamberlain, OneAZ Credit Union

Rachel Davis-Schultz, CopperPoint Insurance Companies 

Jennifer Delgado, Burch & Cracchiolo

Brigitte Finley Green, Engelman Berger

Lin Sue Flood, Hospice of the Valley

Christine Gannon, BrightWorks Consulting

Karen Hoffman Tepper, PhD, Terros Health

Dawn Jones, Intel

Lisa Lovallo, Cox Communications

Lyndel Manson, Arizona Board of Regents

Carli Ann McClure, Grant Thornton

Karla Morales, Arizona Technology Council

Emily Nachlas, Western Alliance Bancorporation

Breanna Naegeli, PhD, Grand Canyon University

Shar Najafi-Piper, PhD, Copa Health

Christina Noyes, Gust Rosenfeld

Grace O’Sullivan, Arizona State University

Reena Rastogi, MD, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Sara Regan, Desert Financial Credit Union

Karen Roch,  Credit Union West

Lisa Rulney, University of Arizona

Melanie Smihula, Edkey Sequoia Schools

Sherry Stotler, Valleywise Health

Lynn Toler, TV judge and host 

Kelli Tonkin, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Telle VanTrojen, Geneva Financial

Ruth Veloria, University of Phoenix

Amy Walters, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Annabel Whiting, PNC

Reine Yazbeck Hamilton, Wells Fargo 

Sandra Zebrowski, MD, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate for 2022

Morgan Betancourt, project director, Okland Construction 

Keri Davies, partner, LevRose Commercial Real Estate

Alicia Hardwick, leasing manager, Prologis

Michelle Heeb, president and CEO, Forward Tilt

Dani Huval, business development director, Chasse Building Team

Bev Jensen, regional operations manager, Colliers

Carrie Kelly, executive director, Arizona Association for Economic Development

Alexandra Loye, executive managing director, Cushman & Wakefield

Stephanie Maderazzo-Hughes, CEO and COO, Canyon State Electric

Nancy McClure, first vice president, CBRE

Kathleen Morgan, managing director, Newmark

Vicki Robinson, senior vice president, JLL

Heather Skinner, vice president of global real estate, JP Morgan Chase

Angela Watson, president and CEO, Shepley Bulfinch