Most Influential Women of 2020 Will be Honored Aug. 25

Article originally posted on AZ Big Media on June 28, 2021

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 Estat


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