2014 50 Most Influential Women

Hilton Charlotte Center City
222 East 3rd Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

May 30, 2014

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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 is selected from the 2014 class of honorees, and revealed at the end of the awards event on May 30.

At the 2014 50 Most Influential Women awards event, a local auctioneer will auction off an elegant piece of diamond jewelry provided by Diamonds Direct South Park. All proceeds from the diamond auction will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, the 2014 Charity of 50 Most Influential Women.
For more information, please contact Amanda Johnson at 704-247-2908 or Amanda.Johnson@mecktimes.com
For seating information, please contact Tom Misener at 800-387-7450 or tom.misener@thedolancompany.com

Congratulations to our 2014 honorees!

Rebecca Anderson
Queens University of Charlotte

Shekeria Smith Barnes
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Tonya Brandon
CBRE, Inc.

Colleen Brannan
Branstorm PR

Jayne Buckley
Compass Group- Foodbuy Division

Taber Cathcart
Alston & Bird, LLP

Astrid Chirinos
Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte

Cynthia A. Coto
Union County Government

Sharon Decker
Secretary of Commerce- State of NC

Denise Dexter
Lincoln Harris

Daniele Donahoe
Rinehart Wealth Management

Betty Doster
UNC Charlotte

Martha Fortos Dozier
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Kelli G. Embler
Autism Speaks Carolinas Chapter

Sarah Jo Hutto Funkhouser
Morehead Title Company

Ophelia Garmon-Brown
Novant Health

Beth Hernandez
Balfour Beatty Construction

Joan Higginbotham
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Randy W. Hopkins
The Hopkins-McElhannon Group, Inc.

Carrie Howell
Hospitality House of Charlotte

Nancy W. Hudson
Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Inc.

Christine Mackie
Zippy Ice

Margaret Martin
MECA Real Estate Services, LLC

Monica McDaniel
Bank of America, Retired

Nancy B. McNelis
Queens University of Charlotte

Mary Nell McPherson
Freedom School Partners

Sheila Moore
Novant Health

Sue Myrick
Former US Representative

Abong Ngranui-Fankam
A Place of Hope

Cristy Nine
Cresa Carolinas

Nancy Black Norelli
Norelli Law, PLLC

Joanne O’Brien Beam
Wake Forest University Charlotte Campus

Nancy Olah
Parker Poe

Jennifer O’Toole
The Awesomeness Foundation, Asperkids LLC & Academy AK

Moira Quinn
Charlotte Center City Partners

Tonyia Rawls
The Freedom Center for Social Justice

Laura Renegar
Primax Properties

Dr. Cheryl Richards
Northeastern University- Charlotte

Jane G. Robinson, PhD
Kent Academy

Ruth Samuelson
NC House Representative

Pamela L. Shipman
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions

Pearl J. Smith
Pearl Realty, Inc.

Nicole H. Sodoma
Sodoma Law, P.C.

Paula R. Vincent
Novant Health

Amy Wartham
UNC Charlotte

Lynn Wheeler
Wheeler Communication Group, LLC

Martha J. Whitecotton
Carolinas HealthCare System

Whitni Wilson-Wertz
Otis Elevator Co.

Ellen Wingate
Noosa Pest Management, LLC

Joan O. Wright
O’Sullivan Wright, Inc.

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