2016 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Recipients

Carrie S. Young

Carrie S. Young

2016 Positively Powerful Global Leadership Award

This Award is reserved for an individual who embodies the very best, most selfless approach to touching lives globally. Ms. Young's decades of commitment has made a global impact on the lives of veterans, women, businesses, and employees of SRP. Read more

Anna Maria Maldonado

Anna Maria Maldonado

2016 Positively Powerful Woman Health Advocacy Leadership Award

Anna Maria is instrumental in the development of mutually beneficial partnerships so that basic necessities like healthy produce, shelter, clothing, food, and nutritional access to vitamins are available for marginalized members of society, like many seniors.Read more

Charlene Tarver, Esq

Charlene Tarver, Esq

2016 Positively Powerful Woman Human Rights Leadership Award

Focused on helping the women torn down by adversity, ignorance, and misinformation in today’s world, her presence in Phoenix is likened to that of Fannie Lou Hamer during the Civil Rights Movement. Ms. Tarver is a revolutionary and she works tirelessly to ensure a better future for all women and men regardless of their racial background. Read More

Tyler Butler

Tyler Butler

2016 Positively Powerful Woman Technology Leadership Award

Selected as a role model, Tyler restructured GoDaddy’s corporate social responsibility, spearheaded employee volunteerism and helped the company’s charitable division reach new heights. Read more…
Susan Casper

Susan Casper

Co Anchor, Sonoran Living, ABC15 Phoenix

Known for using her incredible talents and time to make a difference through the media, she has a passion for helping others. When she is not hosting ABC15 Sonoran Living, you will find her supporting the community. Read more.

2015 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Recipients

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MaryLynn Mack, 2015 Positively Powerful Visionary Leader

"To have a vision, you must be willing to traverse new territory throwing all that is conventional to the side."

isola jones

Isola Jones, 2015 Arts and Culture Leader

"There is always another way to express ourselves when we find our authentic voice."

Nicole Stanton, Philanthropic Leader

"Few know of all of the things that she has done for people because she does not keep records of them or boast about them."

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Dr. Akua Duku Anokye, The Giving & Global Educational Leadership

"There are many ways that our language and society entwine. How are you telling your story?"

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Bonnie Lucas, Entrepreneurial Leader

This woman business owner is thriving in the male dominated security industry.

Rev. Delphine Rodriguez

Rev. Delphine Rodriguez, Spiritual Leader

"Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

2014 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Recipients


Sandra Yancey, Global Leadership Award

Sandra-YanceyRecognized by the International Alliance for Women as one of the world’s 100 Top Difference Makers and by CNN as an American Hero,

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Philanthropic Leadership Award

Colleen Jennings-RoggensackColleen Jennings-Roggensack has been presenting the performing arts for the past 35 years. She is Executive Director of Arizona State University Gammage and Assistant Vice President for Cultural Affairs

Linda M. Herold, Arts Leadership Award

Linda M. HeroldHerold is the founder of three outstanding professional organizations: Women of Scottsdale, West Valley Women.

Trish McCarty, Educational Leadership Award

Trish McCartyMcCarty is one of the most recognized business women today. Her StarShine Sower brand is acknowledged as the Platinum standard around the globe for K-12 and life-long education.

Rev. Ozetta Kirby, Spiritual Leadership Award

Rev Kirby3Pastor, Holy Trinity Community AME Church, Mesa AZ.

Ethel Luzario, Non-Profit Leadership Award

Ethel LavanderEthel Luzario’s experience working for international organizations was instrumental in her role as the Co-Founder, President, and CEO of The 3000 Club

2013 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Recipients


Positively Powerful Woman Award for STEM

Dr. RaShonda Flint, Arizona State University   Dr. RaShonda FlintDr. RaShonda Flint, has been selected to receive the first Positively Powerful Woman Award for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Leadership. Dr. Flint is the director of the TRIO Student Support Services STEM program at Arizona State University (ASU).  Full Article

Positively Powerful Philanthropy Woman Award

Debbie Gaby,  Sleep America Debbie Gaby 2Ask anyone who knows Debbie Gaby, President, Sleep America, and they’ll tell you she’s a woman with a joyful spirit of giving and… she is a shrewd person business as well. Ask her what’s she’s the most proud and she’ll say, “I am  most proud to have Co-Founded Sleep America, which is the largest Mattress Retailer in Arizona … Full Article

Positively Powerful Nonprofit Leadership Woman Award

Patricia K. Hibbeler, Phoenix Indian Center Patricia HibbelerPatricia K. Hibbeler, ABD, MA is the Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Indian Center, Inc., an organization with a 64-year history and the first urban based Indian Center in the Nation. She raises funds for the Center and provides direction in operations and evaluation of the non-profit organization,  Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona Kimber LanningWhen asked what professional accomplishments she’s the most proud of she said, ”I have built the largest local business coalition in North America. I would say a close second would be that I started my first business, which I still have today, when I was 19 years old.” Today, Ms. Lanning is the owner of  three businesses: Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award for Educational Leadership

Dean Shirley Mays, Phoenix School of Law Dean Shirley Mays’ journey has included Central State University where she graduated magna cum laude and earning her J.D. from Harvard University Law School. Prior to becoming Dean of the Phoenix School of Law, Dean Mays practiced with an international law firm representing municipalities and school districts in financing public projects, ... Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award for Global Leadership

Jackie Thompson,  Southwest Airlines Jackie Thompson, Southwest AirlinesThis year’s recipient of the Positively Powerful Woman Award for Global Leadership says to those who want to know her secret of success, “Love what you do at work because it shows up in all aspects of your life and when you enjoy your work the enthusiasm can be shared with others. Be a mentor.  This is not only a time for you to teach but also to understand that learning works both ways. You will be surprised how much mentoring… Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award recipient for Corporate Leadership

Attorney Marian Yim, Wong Fujii CarterWong Marian-YimFujii Carter, P.C. has offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Yuma, Arizona and provides services worldwide. In today’s complex economy, sound judgment and legal counsel are a necessary component to navigating our world. Ms. Marian Yim brings the firm’s slogan, “Because Experience Matters” to life.  Full Article

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2012 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Recipients


Positively Powerful Woman Award For Global Leadership.

Dr. Michele Halyard, Mayo Clinic Michele BannerDr. Michele Halyard on the path she chose:“As a child, my mother’s breast cancer impacted me significantly. I was only five when she was diagnosed, and I remember that she was gone from our home for several weeks undergoing treatment. At the time in medicine, doctors performed radical mastectomies regularly, meaning they even took the chest muscle wall. I didn’t completely understand what was happening to my mother because I was so young, but I instinctively knew that it impacted her significantly. Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award for Corporate Leadership

Pamela Lam, Henkel Pamela Lam2Pamela Lam is the Vice President of Research and Development for Henkel Laundry and Home Care in North America, reporting directly to the President. She is an inventor who understand exceedingly well the importance of sustainability. This is especially significant given the global reach and products ofHenkel, which operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in Laundry & Home Care, Cosmetics/Toiletries and Adhesive Technologies. Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award For Spiritual Leadership.

Rev. Sheriolyn Curry Lasley, Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church Rev. Sheriolyn Curry Lasley BannerRev. Sheriolyn Curry Lasley accepted the call to ministry in 2002, while serving at historicTanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. (Tanner Chapel in Phoenix is the oldest Black congregation in Arizona.) Rev. Curry Lasley held many positions of leadership at Tanner Chapel, including the Director of the Young People’s Division, Youth Minister, and Minister to Senior Adults. Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award For Philanthropic Leadership

Sharon Lechter, Pay Your Family First sharon LechterSharon Lechter has dedicated her life’s work to financial literacy. She has served on the Dean’s Council 100 of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and is a national spokesperson for the National CPAs Financial Literacy Commission. Sharon was also appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy for both President Bush and President Obama in highlighting the need for financial literacy in our nation. Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award For Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Jane Spicer, Daphne’s Headcovers jane spicerJane Spicer, Her Global Company And The Sailboat. If I hadn’t lived it, my story might well be described as a Fairy Tale—a story of a little girl who learned that hard work, perseverance, and determination would not only achieve a short-term goal but would further be the foundation for a lifetime’s labor of love. As a precocious ten-year-old, I determined that I needed a sailboat. My mom, who was wise beyond her years, encouraged my seemingly impractical dream with a high dose of reality. “How will you earn the money,” she asked? Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award For Educational Leadership

Bettie Spruill, CMEC,International Coach Bettie SpruillBettie Spruill, CMEC, The 2012 Positively Powerful Woman Award For Educational Leadership. Bettie Spruill, CMEC. is an international coach, management consultant, entrepreneur, public speaker and writer with 30 years’ experience in the field of transformational technology, and sacred commerce. She is also a certified Master NLP practitioner and member of the Transformational Leadership Council. Full Article

2011 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Recipients


Positively Powerful Woman Award for Philanthropic Leadership

Deborah Bateman, National Bank of Arizona 2011 PPW Deborah BatemanThe 2011 Positively Powerful Woman Award for Philanthropic Leadership will be given to Deborah Bateman Executive Vice President of Specialty Banking, member Executive Committee and Board of Directors National Bank of Arizona for her establishment of the Women’s Financial Group (WFG) dedicated to providing networking and resources to female business owners; for giving over 500 hours each year to community organizations including theArizona 
Foundation for WomenAmerican Heart Association’s Heart Ball, Juvenile 
Diabetes Research Foundation, The Phoenix Zoo, and Arizona State University’s 
Women; for serving as an Arizona Skills Standard Commissioner for the Arizona State Department of Education. Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman of Global Leadership

Kay KallanderABHOW 2011 PPW Kay Kallander 225The Positively Powerful Woman of Global Leadership Award will be given to Kay Kallander for her many contributions as Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW); for her design and launch of The Grove, an acclaimed memory support program; chairpersonship of EMERGE, Aging Services of California’s leadership development program; the launch of Leadership ABHOW; her contributions as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging; representation of the U.S. in Australia at the first Alzheimer’s Association/E-Rotary conference on Alzheimer’s disease; leadership in the  structure of the innovative Leadership AAHSA fellowship program in which she serves as the lead coach and being the recipient of the 2008 AAHSA Mentor of the Year award. Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award for Nonprofit Leadership

Kristi Lee, National Association of Asian American Professionals 2011 PPW Kristi LeeThe 2011 Positively Powerful Woman Award for Nonprofit Leadership will be given to entrepreneur, speaker and author Kristi Lee for her leadership role in the founding of theNational Association for Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Phoenix Chapter, the NAAAP Mentor and Professional Development Programs; for her service to the State of Arizona as Commissioner of the Governor’s Asian American Advisory Council, and for her  co-founding of the global organization Bridging The Gap Consulting which works to facilitate educational, trade and developmental interests of United States individuals and the people of China. Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award for Entrepreneurial

Colleen J. Payne-Nabors, MCI Diagnostic Center 2011 PPW Colleen PayneColleen J. Payne-Nabors will receive the 2011 Positively Powerful Woman Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership for her vision as expressed through the founding of six successful companies including the award winning Mobile Cardiac Imaging, LLC, (dba) MCI Diagnostic Center. Under her leadership as founder and CEO, MCI Diagnostic Center has become one of the most successful and well-positioned companies in the medical industry. Inc. Magazine listed her company as one of the 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for 2007, 2008 and 2009. Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Award for Spiritual Leadership

Rev. Dr. Cathy C.  Patterson, Fountain of Life Church 2011 PPW Pastor Cathy PattersonRev. Dr. Cathy Clardy Patterson, Pastor, Fountain of Life Church will receive the first Positively Powerful Woman Award for Spiritual Leadership for her vision as expressed through the founding ofFountain of Life Church and her global ministry; for  serving on the ministerial staff at Tanner Chapel AME Church in Phoenix; for her academic credentials and contributions; for her success in the world of business as only the second African American woman in U. S. history to be named a Managing Director of a major investment bank; and for being a role-model as a community leader. Full Article

Positively Powerful Corporate Woman Award

Vivian Squire, Salt River Project Vivian SquireThe 2011 Positively Powerful Corporate Woman Award will be given to Vivian Squire for her many contributions as a skilled organizational leader and corporate contributor focused on rapid executive, individual, team and operations improvement; for her commitment to leadership development, diversity and managing change; for her representation of the third-largest public power utility in the nation; for her management of the company’s Corporate Mentoring Program; for being the former Chair of one of the company’s affinity groups, The African American Cultural Committee; and for her commitment to entrepreneurs as company representative to The Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce. Full Article

2010 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Recipients


Positively Powerful Corporate Woman

Angela Curley, Henkel of America Inc. Angela Curely 2Originally from New York, the award recipient relocated to Arizona to join the Dial Corporation. Since joining the company in 1998, she has provided direction on community outreach efforts as well as the diversity program.  She also influenced senior leadership to sponsor the African American, Asian and Hispanic Employee Resource Groups, served two terms as president of the African American Forum, Treasury and steering committee member of Professional Women’s Forum and was appointed to Dial’s Executive Diversity Leadership Team. Full Article 

Positively Powerful Woman Nonprofit Executive

Debbie Paine, debbie paineDebbie Paine, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix is the first Positively Powerful Nonprofit Executive Award Recipient for her vision and programs that bring together art, artists, and businesses as well as her organization’s “Business On Board” program that prepares diverse executives to serve and lead boards of directors. Debbie, mother of Brian, Matthew, and Shelly and grandmother of 4, says the secret of her success is “…trust in my higher self and the belief that everything happens for a reason; that if you put your aspirations out into the universe and go with the flow, abundance will follow.” She also credits a commitment to building and sustaining meaningful relationships Full Article

Positively Powerful Woman Entrepreneur

Lorena Valencia, Reliance Wire & Cable Lorena Valencia, President/CEO, Reliance Wire & Cable‎ is selected as this year’s Positively Powerful Woman Entrepreneur Award Recipient for her business success and leadership of nonprofit organizations especially The Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council. She is the GCMSDC Council MBEIC Chair and national MBE co-chair of the upcoming National MSDC Convention. Lorena’s motto is “Those who give, gather.” She sits on various committees dedicated to the advocacy of government affairs relating to minority business. Full Article

2009 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Recipients


Maria Benson, Nyla Simone Home Maria Bailey BensonFollowing in the footsteps of her father, Maria Bailey Benson has staked her fortune on a potent cocktail of education and entrepreneurship. While growing up she spent countless hours working with her father in his custom furniture and upholstery business. Today he has returned the favor by inspiring Maria to fulfill her dreams of launching an upscale furnishings boutique, Nyla Simone Home, in Tempe, Arizona. Full Article

Pam Gaber,  CEO Gabriel’s Angels

Pam Gaber’s professional corporate career spans over 15 years in the Animal Health Industry. She led the Veterinary and Pet Divisions pamfor Sandoz Pharmaceutical in the U.S. In 1998 she decided to retire and find her mission in life. Pam then founded Gabriel’s Angels, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She recognized a pressing and documented need in the community to enhance the lives of severely neglected and abused children through the application of Pet Therapy. She has served as the full time CEO since the organization’s inception in 2001. The organization was named after Gaber’s Weimaraner Gabriel, a Registered Therapy Dog who began his career by visiting the children residing at the Crisis Nursery in Phoenix.
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Fatimah Halim, Life Paradigms, Inc., Blueprint For Womanhood  FatimahFatimah Halim began her professional life in New York City as back-up singer for Laura Nyro and recorded with Jimi Hendrix as a member of Ghettofighters. Today, Fatimah takes great joy in the meaningful work she performs through the project that has driven her passion for the past fifteen years: the Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix area youth. Her dedication to promoting the development of women and girls is evident in her latest book, “You Grow Girl”; through her Sistah Circles; and through her latest project Blueprint for Womanhood: Reinventing Ourselves at any age. She has co-hosted the local KTAR radio teen talk show “At The Crossroads”; cable talk shows “Focus: Video Profiles” and “Think About It: Perspectives from Women of Color”; and “Real Life Focus” on KISS Radio in Phoenix. Full Article

Choo Tay, Media88, founder Choo TayChoo Tay is President and CEO of media88, an internet marketing strategy firm. Choo acknowledges that her hard work, persistence, high ethic and community service are a few reasons that have helped her succeed. Choo has volunteered about 1,000 hours each year for the past 20 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Her volunteerism has a list too long to name and she has been involved in leading roles at numerous organizations and events. Choo’s leadership and business success have led her to a host of accolades. Full Article

2008 Positively Powerful Woman Awards Recipients


Ruth Covey, Arizona Magic of Music & Dance Ruth CoveyRuth is the President and founder of ZETA21 International Leadership Foundation – a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization established to identify and develop nontraditional leaders. Arizona Magic of Music & Dance, Arizona Magic Leadership Network, Connecting 1000dreams, Platform Power and Women’s Self-Defense are amongst the programs developed by ZETA21 International.

Joanna DeShay, APS, now Black Russian Label Joanna De'ShayBorn on the Western coast of Africa to a Nigerian Father and Russian Mother, this international designer could not think of a more representative name for her new clothing line. Thus, Black Russian was born and is a clothing line dedicated to showcasing the many wonderful cultures, religions and ethnicities from around the world. Joanna de’Shay owner of Black Russian took a less direct path to obtaining her design dream and first earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, followed by completing her Master’s degree in Business Administration. With a strong business background, she felt like she could then move on and acquire her second Master’s degree, a Fine Arts degree in Fashion design.

Susan Ratliff, Women Entrepreneurs’ Small Business Boot Camp Susan Ratliff PhotoSUSAN RATLIFF is an award-winning business owner, entrepreneur and author with thirty five years of experience in sales and marketing.  Known in industry circles as The Exhibit Expert, Susan earned that title in the tradeshow trenches discovering the shortcuts and making the mistakes so her clients don’t have to. From both sides of the exhibit aisle she learned what it takes to turn a booth into a powerful profit center. Susan knows what attendees want, how exhibitors think and what they both need to be successful.

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