It takes more than a pandemic to hold back strong women. COVID-19 may have delayed their in-person recognition a year, but with restrictions lifted and COVID-19 numbers under control, Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2020 will be honored at a celebratory dinner on  Wednesday, August 25, 2021, from from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix, 85024. The special guest co-host for the event is Lin Sue Cooney, director of community engagement for Hospice of the Valley and respected former Valley news anchor.

To ensure the safety of all in attendance, there will be a limited number of tickets available and the number of people seated at each table has been reduced. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, click here.

The Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2021 will be announced Wednesday, June 30 (women in commercial real estate) and Thursday, July 1 (women in business) at They will be honored at a dinner and reception on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Here are the Most Influential Women of 2020

Megan Ackaert, region manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ann-Marie Alameddin, president and CEO, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

Susan Anable, vice president of public affairs, Cox Communications

Ginny Arnett Caro, senior vice president, Copperpoint Insurance Companies

Tracy Bame, president, Freeport-McMoRan Foundation

Lisa Bentley, partner, McCarthy Nordburg

Marjorie Bessel, MD, chief clinical officer, Banner Health 

Franki Buckman, executive vice president, The Molly Project

Susan Chetlin, of counsel, Burch & Cracchiolo

Cara Christ, MD, director, Arizona Department of Health Services

Rebecca Clyde, co-founder and CEO,

Barb Dawson, partner, Snell & Wilmer

Kim Dees,  Southern Arizona Retail Division manager, WaFd Bank Arizona

Kathleen Duffy Ybarra, president and CEO, Duffy Group 

Brenda Ferraro, senior vice president, Prevalent

Marchelle Franklin, director of human services, City of Phoenix

Adaliz Gimenez, vice president and commercial banker, Bell Bank

Tara Grenier, principal, Orcutt Winslow

Britney Griner, center, Phoenix Mercury 

Marina Hammersmith, senior vice president, ORION Investment Real Estate

Katie Haydon Perry, executive vice president, Haydon Building Corp.

Sheryl Hays, director of property management, Wentworth Property Company

Jenny Holsman Tetreault, general counsel of the West Region, US Foods

Cheryl Hyman, vice provost for academic alliances, ASU 

Heather Kane, CEO, UnitedHealthcare

Anette Karlsson, chancellor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Julie King, CEO, Harmon Electric

Gretchen Kinsella, Arizona Business Unit leader, DPR Construction

Vickie Larsen, senior vice president and market director, BOK Financial

Julie Laulis, CEO, Cable One 

Dr. Winnie Liang, director of scientific operations, TGen 

Andrea Lovell, shareholder, Littler

Morag Lucey, CEO, Televerde 

Carrie Masters, COO, LGE Design Build

Peggy R. Maxwell, senior vice president of property and facilities management, Plaza Companies

Jennifer May, co-founder, Two Sister Bosses

Kristine Millar, principal, Orcutt Winslow

Coree Neumeyer, partner, Quarles & Brady

Jackie Orcutt, senior vice president, CBRE

Deborah Pearson, executive vice president, strategy and brand, OneAZ Credit Union

Danna Pratte, CEO, Nutritional Brands

Karilee Ramaley, senior principal attorney, SRP

Jennifer Reynolds, principal, Ideation Design Group

Regina Romero, mayor, City of Tucson

Kim Soule, senior vice president, Colliers

Diana Taurasi, guard, Phoenix Mercury

Ann A. Scott Timmer, vice chief justice, Arizona Supreme Court 

Debbie Shumway, CEO, Hospice of the Valley 

Karen Stafford, Arizona president, Employers Council

Carol Stewart, associate vice president, Tech Parks Arizona, The University of Arizona

Lauren Stine, partner, Quarles & Brady

Trisha Talbot, managing director, Newmark Knight Frank

Colleen Tebrake, co-founder, Two Sister Bosses

Julie Tomich, senior vice president and general manager, American Express

Carla Vargas Jasa, president and CEO, Valley of the Sun United Way

Monica Villalobos, CEO, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Suzanne Wilson, president and CEO, Phoenix Symphony

Laura Worzella, executive vice president and chief retail officer, OneAZ Credit Union

Daily Wright, principal, Orcutt Winslow

Nancy Zezza, divisional chief credit officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona