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.

To buy copies of the Most Influential Women in Arizona issue, click here.

Today’s spotlight: Michelle Olson

Title: Head of Scottsdale office, Fingerpaint

Background: Olson is a career public relations practitioner, having spent most of her 32 years in the industry in a consulting environment, ranging from mid-size firms to large, integrated advertising agencies in the Midwest and Phoenix.

Lesson learned: “Not taking enough risks early enough in my entrepreneurial journey and waiting for confirmation from others that I was on the right path. It taught me to trust my gut. And, that when it appears there’s no one to follow it might just be because you’re in the lead.”

Surprising fact: “I love anything on wheels and can talk endlessly about bikes.”