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