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Friday October 13, 2017 at 11am

The Fresno Convention Center

The 34th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards, a prestigious awards ceremony honoring local professionals, will bring almost 1,000 attendees together with the goal of honoring these outstanding individuals in our community while also raising awareness for domestic violence. This event pays tribute to ten women who have served as role models and given back to their communities, all while making strides in their professions. One business is also honored as the Leading Business of the Year for its support of women and women's issues.

Top Ten Keynote Speaker - Ruthie Bolton

Meet Our Keynote Speaker Ruthie Bolton!

This year's keynote speaker is 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist and former WNBA Sacramento Monarch player, "Mighty" Ruthie Bolton. Ruthie's personal experience with domestic violence was told in an ESPN documentary last year and has propelled her into the spotlight as an advocate against domestic violence. Ruthie hopes that by sharing her story, it will make others feel empowered to turn their pain into power.

2017 Top Ten Professional Women Honorees

  • Mendy Laval Alkotob, partner at Laval Family Consulting and business instructor at Fresno State
  • Angie Barfield, student intervention and prevention coordinator at the Fresno County Office of Education
  • DeDe Darnell, interior designer and principal at Darden Architects
  • Dr. Katherine Flores, director at UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research
  • Linda Gleason, executive director at Fresno Cradle to Career Partnership and founding director at the Children’s Movement Fresno
  • Debbie Jacobsen, co-owner at J&L Vineyards
  • Catherine Lumsden-Dvorak, MediCare account manager at DiBuduo and DeFendis Insurance Brokers, LLC.
  • Karen Musson, managing partner at Gar Tootelian Inc. and CEO at Gar and Esther Tootelian Charitable Foundation
  • Diane Phakonekham, executive director at Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Kathryn Phillips, children’s grief support group facilitator at Hinds Hospice

2017 Leading Business

  • MJR Creative Group

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