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: Karen C. McConnell

Title: Partner, Ballard Spahr

Background: McConnell leads Ballard Spahr’s Private Equity Group and is a member of its Mergers and Acquisitions Group. She has closed more than 400 transactions for buyers and sellers in her career.

Source of pride: “The relationships I have developed with my clients. Many have expanded decades, and I am lucky to work for such wonderful people.”

Surprising fact: “I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in the Arizona foster care system, and for the past three plus years I have been working with a very special girl, trying to get her into a stable placement with a view to adoption.”