ABOUT THE PROGRAM - Women of Influence recognizes outstanding female leaders in the South Puget Sound. Honorees are selected for their achievement in community, business, government, military and/or nonprofit sectors. The panel of judges, comprised of previous years' honorees, may also name rising stars and a Military Award honoree, when applicable.

ELIGIBILITY- Nominees/Applicants must work/reside  in Pierce, Thurston or South King Counties.


"The venue and decorations were fabulous, as was the food and ambience.  Very, very well done. Thank you for the opportunity to speak and sponsor. You can count on me next year for sponsorship and I'll put some pressure on others as well... particularly for the persons that I nominate!"
- Renee Ries, Fairchild Record Search, Women of Influence 2014 Sponsor


"I want to take a moment and thank you and your team for hosting such a lovely event. I was thrilled to be honored as a Woman of Influence and was made to feel very special at the ceremony. I know how much work goes into such events and was deeply grateful for all your efforts!"
- Jean Carr, SCJ Alliance, 2014 Women of Influence Honoree


Presenting Sponsor


Fairchild Record Search makes UCC filing and other UCC + Corporate Services easy for clients throughout the state of Washington and across the nation. Fairchild was founded in 1980 by Renée Ries, a proud Woman of Influence honoree in 2010. Renée earned this honor not only for her company’s tremendous success, but also as a result of her commitment to her community through civic engagement, through other business concerns, and in promoting the Arts and Higher Education throughout the South Sound. Fairchild Record Search is proud to have been recognized as the 2012 Small Business of the Year by the Thurston County Economic Development Council.


Contributing Sponsor


Washington Center for Women in Business Logo

The Washington Center for Women in Business, an SBA-designated program of the Thurston EDC, is an online and in-person network of professional women, providing networking opportunities, training, and counseling to women who are starting or developing new businesses, especially those who are economically or socially disadvantaged.  The WCWB provides entrepreneurial and small business counseling to women business owners throughout much of Washington State. This program serves as a regional catalyst for providing in-depth, outcome-oriented business services to women entrepreneurs and established businesses, allowing the organization to fulfill our mission to help new and existing businesses expand and grow, and provide services to this fast-growing and underserved segment of entrepreneurs.

E-mail: events@businessexaminer.com
Phone:  253-404-0891

Submit your nomination here:

Fill out my online form.

Real Estate Agent Leslie Kavanaugh
Washington State University

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Women of Influence Past Honorees

2014 - supplement

Jean Carr

Robin Lucas

Denise McCluskey

Mary Pontarolo

Julie Tappero

 Lifetime Achievement

Lois Bernstein

 Rising Star

Rosie Martinson

2013 - supplement

Jan Brazzell, PhD video

Heather Burgess video

Ruby Chambers video

April Gibson video

Elizabeth "Bett" Lucas video

 Lifetime Achievement

Debbie Regala video


Tanya Andrews

Rachael Costner

Maureen Fife

Dyann Lyon

Military Award

Jasmin Shackelford

 Lifetime Achievement

Neel Parikh


Carol 'Cha Cha' Andersen

Miriam Barnett

Quindola Crowley

Linda Danforth

P J Hummel

Carolyn McDougal

Madelin White

Victoria Woodards


Liz Dunbar

Linda Jadwin

Helen McGovern

Kathleen Olson

Renee Ries

Melanie Manista-Rushforth

Amber Thiel

Lilly Warnick


Deanna Cleaveland

Carlene Joseph

Babe Lehrer

Connie Lovelady

Jan Teague

Julie Washburn

Angelique Wilson


Kim Farnes

Rita Hutcheson

Jill Kenly

Cecelia Loveless

Dawn Lucien

Vicky Mohler

Cyndi Wikstrom


Julie Anderson

Laurie Jinkins 

Heidi Grace Kress

Joyce McDonald 

Carol Milgard

Lisa Skari

Claudia Thomas 


Hazel Farber

Mary Gates

Theresa Pan Hosley

Griselda "Babe" Lehrer

Lisa McCormick

Hope Moore

Nola Renz

Jane Russell


Tami Garrow

Judy Hosea

Carol Mitchell

Helen Myrick

Pamela Transue


Lea Armstrong

Julie Darby

Grace Kendall

Dawn Lucien

Sharon McGavick

Kathy Martin

Mary Moss

Sondra Purcell

Andrea Riniker

Sharon Snuffin

Beth Willis


Melanie Dressel 

Kathy Baros Friedt 

Barbara A. Gregg

Merle Hemphill

Kathleen A. Houston 

Michele Johnson

Sandra Miller

Amanda Price 

Linda Thomas

Juli Wilkerson

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