Sold-out crowd celebrates the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2022

Above: AZ Big Media Publisher Amy Lindsey opens the show at the 2022 celebration of the Most Influential Women in Arizona. (Photo by Amber Legler) MIW 2022 | 1 Sep |

Az Business and AZRE magazines honored the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2022 in front of a sold-out crowd Thursday, Aug. 25 at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. 

“This year, we had nearly 2,000 women under consideration for this honor,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Amy Lindsey. “Every year, I read hundreds of nominations and continue to be overwhelmed by the talent of so many of Arizona’s women business leaders. While the women being recognized tonight have diverse roles — doctors, lawyers, bankers and even a TV courtroom judge — it was clear during the judging that each of these women possesses knowledge, power, strength, dedication and creativity.”


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The premier sponsor of the Most Influential Women in Arizona event was Forward Tilt. The fine jewelry sponsor was Molina Fine Jewelers and the automotive sponsor was Karma Scottsdale.

“I’d also like to thank the University of Arizona for providing gift bags and journals to our Most Influential Women,” Lindsey said. “I’d like to also thank Mane Attraction Salon, OliveSpa and Crumbl Cookies Scottsdale for providing gift bag items for tonight’s honorees. And a special thanks to Mark Tarbell of Tarbell’s Restaurant and Tarbell’s Wine Store for honoring all of Tonight’s Most Influential Women with a special surprise that will most certainly dazzle your tastebuds

Here’s a link to the photobooth photos, which was sponsored by PNC.

Az Business and AZRE magazines only allow women to make the Most Influential Women list once, but the judging committee did decide to start bringing back one former honoree each year to receive an Icon Award. The first recipient of the Icon Award was Sharon Harper, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Plaza Companies.

“I’m inspired by this award, so honored by it, and that inspiration will find itself in what I do tomorrow, in what I do next week and next year because I want to keep growing our opportunities, growing our state, growing our company, and really taking everything to a new level,” Harper said.

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While the celebration honored all 50 Most Influential Women for 2022, the judging committee did award five Spotlight Awards for exceptional achievement:

Trailblazer Spotlight Award: Dr. Rachel Bond, women’s heart health and prevention specialist at Dignity Health

Rising Star Spotlight Award: Breanna J. Naegeli, dean of the Honors College at Grand Canyon University

Visionary Spotlight Award: Suzanne Boyles, director of the Economic Development Department for the City of Buckeye

Innovation Spotlight Award: Amy Walters, vice president of Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Community Champion Spotlight Award: Lin Sue Flood, director of community engagement for Hospice of the Valley

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2022

Dr. Suzanne Bentz, Red Mountain Weight Loss

Stephanie A. Bivens, Bivens & Associates

Rachel M. Bond, MD, Dignity Health

Suzanne Boyles, City of Buckeye

Alaina Chabrier, SRP

Margaret Chamberlain, OneAZ Credit Union

Rachel Davis-Schultz, CopperPoint Insurance Companies 

Jennifer Delgado, Burch & Cracchiolo

Brigitte Finley Green, Engelman Berger

Lin Sue Flood, Hospice of the Valley

Christine Gannon, BrightWorks Consulting

Karen Hoffman Tepper, PhD, Terros Health

Dawn Jones, Intel

Lisa Lovallo, Cox Communications

Lyndel Manson, Arizona Board of Regents

Carli Ann McClure, Grant Thornton

Karla Morales, Arizona Technology Council

Emily Nachlas, Western Alliance Bancorporation

Breanna Naegeli, PhD, Grand Canyon University

Shar Najafi-Piper, PhD, Copa Health

Christina Noyes, Gust Rosenfeld

Grace O’Sullivan, Arizona State University

Reena Rastogi, MD, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Sara Regan, Desert Financial Credit Union

Karen Roch,  Credit Union West

Lisa Rulney, University of Arizona

Melanie Smihula, Edkey Sequoia Schools

Sherry Stotler, Valleywise Health

Lynn Toler, TV judge and host 

Kelli Tonkin, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Telle VanTrojen, Geneva Financial

Ruth Veloria, University of Phoenix

Amy Walters, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Annabel Whiting, PNC

Reine Yazbeck Hamilton, Wells Fargo 

Sandra Zebrowski, MD, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate for 2022

Morgan Betancourt, project director, Okland Construction 

Keri Davies, partner, LevRose Commercial Real Estate

Alicia Hardwick, leasing manager, Prologis

Michelle Heeb, president and CEO, Forward Tilt

Dani Huval, business development director, Chasse Building Team

Bev Jensen, regional operations manager, Colliers

Carrie Kelly, executive director, Arizona Association for Economic Development

Alexandra Loye, executive managing director, Cushman & Wakefield

Stephanie Maderazzo-Hughes, CEO and COO, Canyon State Electric

Nancy McClure, first vice president, CBRE

Kathleen Morgan, managing director, Newmark

Vicki Robinson, senior vice president, JLL

Heather Skinner, vice president of global real estate, JP Morgan Chase

Angela Watson, president and CEO, Shepley Bulfinch

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