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Twenty-five women, in professions ranging from architecture to education, have been selected as the 2019 Women of Influence by the Columbia Regional Business Report.

Each year, the Business Report honors a group of women who are setting the pace in their careers as well as working to make the Midlands a better place. They were nominated by Business Report readers and selected by a panel of judges.

Among this year’s honorees are leaders in architecture, higher education, law and real estate, while philanthropical and entrepreneurial spirit also received recognition. A profile of each honoree will be published in the Aug. 12 issue of the Business Report, and the women will be honored at a luncheon on Aug. 22.

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The 2019 honorees are:

  • Miriam Atria, president and CEO, Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
  • Cayci Banks, director of communications, 1000 Feathers
  • Charlotte Berry, local philanthropist  
  • Addie Bors, director of community education and outreach, Select Health of South Carolina
  • Denise Bradley, founder, Miracles in the Midlands  
  • Catherine Cantey, vice president, relationship manager, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
  • Sara Fawcett, president and CEO, United Way of the Midlands
  • Jennifer Harding, vice president of business solutions, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
  • Sayward Harrison, assistant research professor, University of South Carolina
  • Celeste Jones, partner, Burr & Forman McNair
  • Erika Kirby, executive director, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation  
  • Barrie Kirk, provost, Midlands Technical College
  • Kathleen McDaniel, founding partner, Burnette Shutt & McDaniel
  • Merritt McNeely, vice president of marketing, Flock and Rally
  • Carol Moore, president, Columbia College  
  • Lisa Muzekari, environmental department manager, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.
  • Brittany Owen, tax senior manager, Elliott Davis
  • Casey Pash, president and CEO, Junior Achievement of South Carolina  
  • Barbara Rackes, president, The Rackes Group
  • Beth Richardson, attorney, Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte
  • Asheley St. John, president, 1x1 Design
  • Yolanda Taylor, broker in charge, Taylored Realty Homes  
  • Anne Walker, executive director, Alston Wilkes Society
  • Ayanna White, executive director, Power in Changing  
  • Chris Wolfe, vice president of quality engineering, Nephron Pharmaceuticals

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