Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2018 in the July issues of the magazines. Each day, will profile one of the Most Influential Women of 2018.

The Most Influential Women for 2018 will be honored at a reception that begins at 5:30 p.m. on August 23, 2018 at The Camby. For tickets or for sponsorship information, email or call (602) 277-6045.

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Today’s spotlight: Drena Kusari

Title: General manager, Southwest and Hawaii, Lyft

Background: As the first female general manager for Lyft, Kusari oversees growth strategy, marketing and operations. Under her leadership, Lyft had an economic impact of $59 million in Phoenix in 2017.

Best decision: “Receiving my MBA. My MBA from Harvard has opened countless doors to unique opportunities, provided me with a wide and diverse support network, taught me a wide set of skills, exposed me to unmatched leadership experiences and often times provided credibility in interviewing for leadership roles.”

Surprising fact: “I grew up playing tennis and my dream growing up was to become a professional tennis player. Tennis still continues to be one of my greatest passions.”