2016 50 Most Influential Women

Friday, May 20, 2016
In May 2015, The Mecklenburg Times hosted the seventh annual 50 Most Influential Women awards. The 50 Most Influential Women event was created to spotlight and recognize the important role women play in the greater Charlotte region, in the economy, and in society. The honorees represent the most influential women in business, government, education, and not-for-profit fields.  They are selected by a panel of independent business leaders based on professional accomplishment and community involvement within the Charlotte area. The overall ‘Woman of the Year’ award was selected out of the 2015 honorees and announced the evening of the event.

For more information contact Tiara Benfield at  tiara.benfield@mecktimes.com or call 704-247-2901.

For video of the presentation to our 2015 Woman of the Year Dianne Bailey, click here and for her reaction – here.


Click here for our 50 Most Influential Women special section!

Congratulations to our 2015 Woman of the Year: Dianne Bailey!

Congratulations to all our 2015 honorees!

Beth Allen

GreerWalker LLP


Carla Archie

North Carolina Judiciary


Dianne Bailey

Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson


Molly Barker

Red Boot Coalition


Whitney Bauman

MSS Solutions


Lisa Bell

State of North Carolina


Cary Bernstein

Spay Neuter Charlotte


Melissa Boone

CohnReznick LLP


Ann Clark

Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools


Jill Dineen

Classroom Central


Dee Dixon

Pride Communications / Pride Magazine


Erinne Dyer

Carolinas HealthCare System


Robin Emmons

Sow Much Good


Morgan Fogarty

WCCB Charlotte


Tracy Foster

Lash Group


Veronica Foster

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department


Toni Freeman

Mint Museum Uptown


Sue Gorman

Sue Gorman Interior Designs


Jessica Graham

Belk Inc.


Mary Hall

Carolinas HealthCare System


Laura Hampton

The Employers Association


Catherine Horne

Discovery Place


Cadie Jessup

Wells Fargo


Pat Kahle

Union County Chamber of Commerce


Kathleen Kaney

Carolinas HealthCare System


Sister Jeanne Marie Kienast

Sisters of Mercy


Amy Knepp

Compass Group


Bobbi Jo Lazarus

Elliott Davis Decosimo


Rebecca Lindahl

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP


Vi Lyles

City of Charlotte/ Vi Lyles Consulting


Jennifer Maier

WDS, Inc.


Nadia Margherio

Sodoma Law Firm


Melissa McGuire

Sherpa, LLC


Elizabeth McKee

Leadership Charlotte


Barbara Meeks

Wells Fargo


Sara O’Mara

Choate Construction Company


Elizabeth Popwell

Carolinas HealthCare System


Paige Roselle

SOCIETY Charlotte Magazine


Erin Santos

The Isabella Santos Foundation


Ann Marie Schmitz

Grant Thornton


Ellen Sheppard

Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Carolinas HealthCare System


Lou Solomon

Interact Authentic Communication


Blair Stanford

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce


Courtney Stephenson

Carolinas HealthCare System


Sandra Szoke

WBT and WLNK, Greater Media Charlotte


LuAnn Tucker



Shannon Vandiver

Shannon L. Vandiver, PLLC


Dianna Ward

Charlotte B-cycle & Charlotte NC Tours, LLC


Ann Warren

Duke Energy Corporation


Angela Woods

Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council


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