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2023 Class of 100 Women to KNOW in America

2023 Class of 100 Women to KNOW in America

PHOENIX, AZ: – Sarah Benken, CEO and Publisher of the KNOW Book, has announced the honorees and honorable mentions of the 2023 100 Women to KNOW in America, an annual award recognizing the top 100 female leaders across North America. Honorees will be recognized at the Annual KNOW Women Summit, to be held April 23-25th at The FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. 

The 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award, presented by JPMorgan Chase is a recognition that showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society. Following a nomination and interview process, these women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists have not only grown their dreams, but have created boundless opportunities for the next generation of female leaders. These women exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious on the next level and continue to pour into their communities as they do so. 


Candace Nelson – Sprinkles Cupcakes, Los Angeles, California 

Merrilee Kick – BuzzBallz, Carrollton, Texas 

Alison Stine, Stine Wealth Management, Scottsdale, Arizona 

Alyse Maslonik – RedefinED Advisors, Tyrone, Pennsylvania 

Amanda Pietrocola – Momentum Technology, Nashville, Tennessee Amri Kibbler – HeyMama, Putnam Valley, New York 

Belén Albuja – Albuja Law, Denver, Colorado 

Bernadette M Pello – Florida Trade Academy, Tampa, Florida 

Betty Hines – Women Elevating Women, Owings Mills, Maryland 

Bridgette Bello – Tampa Bay Business & Wealth, Tampa, Florida 

Carolina Aponte – Caja Holdings, Charlotte, North Carolina 

Cat Ford Coates – Atelier Unforgettable, Asheville, North Carolina 

Celeste Ford – Stellar Solutions Inc and Stellar Ventures, Portola Valley, California Charo Toledo – Charo Entertainment, Los Angeles, California 

Cindy Eckert – The Pink Ceiling, Raleigh, North Carolina 

Darleen Santore AKA Coach Dar – Performance Meets Purpose, Scottsdale, Arizona Debbie Van Ooteghem – Doe-Anderson, Louisville, Kentucky 

Deirdre Tshein – Capsho, Austin, Texas 

Dena Patton – Dena Patton Coaching & Training, Phoenix, Arizona Denise Wiggins – Visions of New Hope, Knightdale, North Carolina Dr. Brendell Thomas Francis – Tamar Community Outreach, Long Island, New York Dr. Jessica Chung – International Business Association for Nurses, Tampa, Florida Dr. Mautra Staley Jones – Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Dr. MelindaJoy Mingo – Significant Life Change, Colorado Springs, Colorado Dr. Sandi Webster – Sandi Webster LLC, Brooklyn, New York 

Dr. Sharon Jones – Dottie Rose Foundation, Charlotte, North Carolina

Dr. Zabina Bhasin M.D. – In KidZ, Los Angeles, California 

Elin Barton – White Knight Productions, Vestal, New York 

Elizabeth McFadden – Novella Brandhouse, Kansas City, Missouri Eve Logunova-Parker – Evenness, Atlanta, Georgia 

Fabi Preslar – Spark Publications, Charlotte, North Carolina 

Gloria Mensah – GK Folks Foundation, Salt Lake City, Utah 

Heather Polivka – Awesome People Leaders, Richfield, Minnesota Jaclyn Jackson – National Equity Fund, Chicago, Illinois 

Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson – Heartwood Healing, Minneapolis, Minnesota Jaime Taets – Keystone Group International, Minneapolis, Minnesota Janet Cussler – Janet Cussler Car Collection, Phoenix, Arizona 

Janet Jackson-Gordon – Boss Chix ATL, Jackson Events & Entertainment and Moonlight Pizza, Atlanta Georgia 

Janice A. Jones – Good Earth Minerals, Denver, Colorado 

Jen Rogers – Hudson West, Scottsdale, Arizona 

Jenny Sepulveda – Guaranteed Rate, Chicago, Illinois 

Jenny Strebe – AIIR, Scottsdale, Arizona 

Jill Osur – Teneral Cellars, Somerset, California 

Jill Santa Lucia – Catering Works, Raleigh, North Carolina 

JJ Ramberg – Goodpods, Los Angeles, California 

Julie Cole – Mabel’s Labels, Burlington, Ontario 

Kabisa “Coach Kb” Ceal Starks – Ready To Live Soaps and Ready to Live Coaching, Atlanta, Georgia 

Kamela Forbes – Pride Global, New York, New York 

Kanika Chadda Gupta – That’s Total Mom Sense, Secaucus, New Jersey Katya Libin – Katya Libin & Co., Armonk, New York 

Kay M McDonald – Charity Charms, Phoenix, Arizona 

Kelly Kolar – Kolar Design, Cincinnati, Ohio 

Kimleigh Smith – Embrace Your Cape Enterprises, Los Angeles, California Lachi – Lachi Music, New York, New York 

Lauren Marturano – Zinnia, Charlotte, North Carolina 

Laurette Rondenet – Edlong, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 

Layne Lewis – Willowview Consulting, Eagle, Idaho 

Lia Valencia Key – Valencia Key, West Chester, Pennsylvania 

Marla Isackson – Ossa, Tenafly, New Jersey 

Mary Schreiber Swenson – MyMedChoices, Inc & My Smile Choices, Hockessin, Delaware 

Melinda Browning – Civic Center Pharmacy, Mesa, Arizona 

Michele M. Smith – The West Event Space, Tampa, Florida 

Michelle Cirocco – Televerde Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona 

Molly Stockley – City of Hope, Phoenix, Arizona 

Natalie McGrady – Cargill, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Natalie Ruiz – AnswerConnect, Portland, Oregon 

Neerja Patel – Neerja Public Relations, Irvington, New York 

Nicole Peternel – Rein Communications, Charlotte, North Carolina

Olalah Njego – YellowWood Group, Raleigh, North Carolina 

Omenesa Akomolafe – Pearls & Pauls International Foundation, New York Rada Neal – Piano Passions, Green Valley, Arizona 

Renate Moore – LadyRen’s Bakery & Books, Concord, North Carolina Sarah Valentina Bondzie – Bonne Foundation, Brookhaven, Pennsylvania Saya Doe Sio – Annie T Doe Memorial Foundation, Charlotte, North Carolina Shael Norris – SafeBAE, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 

Sharon Lechter – Pay Your Family First, Paradise Valley, Arizona 

Shereese Floyd – Witness My Life, Charlotte, North Carolina 

Sierrah Chavis – Bossy Girl, Suffolk, Virginia 

Sindy Zemura – Southern Africa Embrace Foundation, Brampton, Ontario Stacie Baird – HRtoHX and Community Medical Services, Queen Creek, Arizona Tara Williamson – Pink Ink Tattoo, Louisburg, North Carolina 

Theresa Backes – Backes Wellness, San Tan Valley, Arizona 

Tishamarie Strasser – Bring It-Push It-Own It, Fort Wayne, Indiana Tracey Greene-Washington – Indigo Innovation Group & CoThinkk, Concord, North Carolina 

Trisha Sakhuja-Walia – Brown Girl Magazine, Long Island, New York Victoria L. Woods – ChappelWood Financial Services, Edmond, Oklahoma 


Bernice Feaster – The Scholar Mom, LLC, Charlotte, North Carolina Chasta Hamilton – Stage Door Dance, Raleigh, North Carolina 

Davita Galloway – DUPP&SWAT, Charlotte, North Carolina 

Kate Merrill – B-Lynk, Inc, Tampa, Florida 

Kathy Scheil Pavlik – Johnny’s Pizza, Raleigh, North Carolina 

Kristie Nystedt – Atlantic Brew Supply, Raleigh, North Carolina 

Laura Grier – Andeana Hats, Los Angeles, California 

Lilach Mazor Power- Mazor Collective, Phoenix, Arizona 

Lorraine Tallman – Amanda Hope Rainbow Angeles, Phoenix, Arizona Lynne Kimmich – Alliance Financial Group, Sarasota, Florida 

Michelle Jewsbury – Unsilenced Voices, Tampa, Florida 

Nicci Levy – Alchemy 43, Los Angeles, California 

Shannon Keil – The Regent, Tampa, Florida 

Tiwana Brown – Beauty after the Bars, Charlotte, North Carolina 

The 2023 Annual KNOW Women Summit and 100 Women to KNOW in America Award Gala will bring together dynamic women leaders and business owners from North America for two full days of workshops, panels, networking opportunities, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on honorees, with award presentations at the 100 Women to KNOW in America Award Dinner and Gala, presented by JPMorgan Chase. 

The Summit is open to award honorees, KNOW Global members and their female

guests, corporate supporters, and all women looking for inspiration and connections in business and career. 


For more information or to register to attend the 2023 Annual KNOW Women Summit, visit 


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