Capacity crowd honors Most Influential Women of 2021

Above: Julie Gable (third from right), COO of TBConsulting, earned the Trailblazer spotlight award at the 2021 Most Influential Women in Arizona celebration. MIW 2021 | 3 Sep |

Even with COVID precautions in place — including socially distanced tables and a limited number of tickets sold — a reduced, but celebratory, capacity crowd honored Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women of 2021 Thursday at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix

“We may have had to reduce the capacity and limit tickets for this year’s event, but no one can limit the impact the Most Influential Women of 2021 have had on Arizona,” said AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie.

Thursday’s event was the 10th anniversary of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business program, which has honored governors, senators, supreme court justices, the first woman to fly a fighter jet in combat, college presidents and Olympic gold medalists.

“It’s not easy to become one of Arizona’s Most Influential Women,” said co-host Donna Rossi, director of communications for the Phoenix Police Department, Emmy Award winning journalist, and inductees into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame. “The 50 ladies we are honoring tonight were selected from a pool of more than 2,000 of Arizona’s best, brightest and most innovative women. So, you truly are the best of the best.”


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AZ Big Media Publisher Amy Lindsey opened the show by thanking the title sponsor, WaFd Bank Arizona; red carpet sponsor TB Consulting; jewelry sponsor  Molina Fine Jewelers; audio-visual sponsor Merestone; and digital sponsor Versant Capital Management.

“This amazing event would not be possible without the help of our amazing team sponsors who have made this the biggest and best celebration of our 2020 Most Influential Women,” Lindsey said. “Their belief and commitment to this program is immensely appreciated.”

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In addition to recognizing each of our 50 Most Influential Women of 2021, six spotlight awards were presented to women who have changed their industries and opened doors that were once closed. The spotlight award winners were:

Rising star spotlight award: Jamie Boggs, vice president of athletics, Grand Canyon University

Spotlight award for innovation: Christine Boles, vice president of the Internet of Things Group and general manager of Industrial Solutions Division, Intel

Community champion: Dawn Grove, vice President and corporate counsel, Karsten Manufacturing

Trailblazer award: Julie Gable, COO, TBConsulting

Visionary spotlight award: Mary Fedewa, president and CEO, STORE Capital

Outstanding achievement in leadership: Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, president and CEO, Dignity Health Arizona Central and West Valley

The Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2021

Julia S. Acken

Member, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Jamie Boggs

Vice president of athletics, Grand Canyon University

Christine Boles

Vice president of Internet of Things Group, general manager of Industrial Solutions Division, Intel

Latasha Causey

Vice president, human resources , Bell Bank

Alyssa B. Chapital, MD, PhD, MBA

Medical director, Mayo Clinic Hospital

Kari Cornicelli

Executive vice president and CFO, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Sarah Cossette

Vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Phoenix

Susan Dana-Kobey

Partner, Burch & Cracchiolo

Christine Ferrell

Vice president, private banking, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Gabrielle Finley-Hazle

President and CEO, Dignity Health Arizona Central and West Valley

Lyndsey Fry

Director of external engagement and female hockey, Arizona Coyotes

Julie Gable

COO, TBConsulting

Beth Ginzinger

Chief strategy officer and chief risk officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona

Nancy Gonzales

Executive vice president and university provost, Arizona State University

Meghan H. Grabel

Partner, Osborn Maledon

Cathy Graham

Executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Desert Financial Credit Union

Susan M. Gray

CEO, Tucson Electric Power

Dawn Grove

Vice President and corporate counsel, Karsten Manufacturing

Jamie Boggs (second from right), vice president of athletics at Grand Canyon University, earned the Rising Star spotlight award at the 2021 Most Influential Women in Arizona celebration. At far right in front of the Scottsdale Flower Walls backdrop is GCU women’s basketball coach Molly Miller.

Christina Hamilton

Equity partner, The Cavanagh Law Firm

Jeanine Jerkovic

Economic development director, City of Surprise

Adriana Kong Romero

President , Bank of America Tucson

Barbara Kennedy

Executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Western Alliance Bank

Rebecca Lundberg

Arizona division president, PulteGroup

Lea Marquez Peterson

Chairwoman, Arizona Corporation Commission

Beth McDonald

Radio host, KEZ 99.9

Geri Mingura

Associate general manager and chief human resources executive, SRP

Stacie Pinderhughes, MD

Market chief medical officer , UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement

Jennifer Russo

Owner and executive chef, The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s and Jennifer’s Catering

Sandra Sagehorn-Elliott

President and CEO, Vantage West Credit Union.

Dr. Heather Schneider

Dental director, Delta Dental of Arizona

Erica Sietsma

COO, Digital Air Strike

Pam Stelzer, CPA

Audit manager, Henry+Horne

Beth Stiller

CEO, Massage Envy

Mona Stone

Senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer, and corporate secretary, Goodwill of Central Arizona

Elise Thorpe

Principal, Lovitt & Touché

Keri Tignini

Executive director, market executive, JPMorgan Chase

Cathleen Walker

Regional president and head of corporate banking, PNC Bank

Kris Yamano

Wealth management industry leader

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