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: Pam Kehaly

Title: CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Background: Kehaly is responsible for the strategic direction and financial health of the 1,500 employee company. With more than 30 years in the health insurance industry, she is committed to supporting BCBSAZ’s mission by helping residents across the state achieve optimal health.

Best decision: “Leaving my role as director of operations for the sales department. There was no immediate need for me to leave — I was doing well and learning new things. But I learned pushing yourself purposefully out of your comfort zone is good personally, and professionally it almost always opens doors to new opportunities you did not even know existed.”