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The 38th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards

The 38th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards, a prestigious awards ceremony honoring local professionals, will bring together over 1,500 attendees with the goal of honoring 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. This year's Keynote Speaker is April Hernandez-Castillo. April is an actress and public speaker. Purchase tickets to join us on Thursday, October 14th at 11:15am at Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA 93721.

Meet Our 2021 Keynote Speaker

April Hernandez Castillo's dream became a reality when she booked her first commercial as the “Yo girl” in the Visa Check Card spot starring Yao Ming and Yogi Berra. The commercial would air for the Super Bowl and become a sports classic. She then went on to star in television shows such as; Law & Order: SVU, The Following, Person of Interest, and Elementary. April garnered a recurring role on Showtime’s Dexter which she was nominated for a SAG nomination for Best Ensemble cast. April is most noted for her powerful portrayal as “Eva Benitez” in the hit movie Freedom Writers starring Oscar-winner Hilary Swank. She recently worked on NBC’s popular show, New Amsterdam and is now filming FOX’s hit show, The Prodigal Son.

April has also graced a different stage as a public speaker. Her message of resilience, overcoming adversity, and the ability to move beyond trauma has taken April on a journey across the United States and internationally. Reaching an array of audiences from high schools, universities and conferences, she has spoken on some of the most prestigious stages starting from Harvard University, Q Conference to her biggest stage to date, TEDx.

2021 Honorees

Marjaree Mason Center is excited to announce the 2021 Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business honorees! Each of the following honorees was nominated by a community member, who felt them deserving of such an achievement.

  • Rama Ambati, President, Ambati Properties
  • Colleen Curtis, President and CEO, United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley
  • Dr. Teresa Daniele, Chief of Cardiology, UCSF - Fresno
  • Shantay R. Davies-Balch, President and CEO, BLACK Wellness & Prosperity Center; Founding Director, African American Coalition, Fresno EOC
  • Valerie F. Davis, President, Fresno Unified School District Board of Trustees
  • Ivonne Der Torosian, Vice President of Community Health & Well-Being, Saint Agnes Medical Center
  • Dr. Luz E. Gonzalez, Dean of the Fresno State Visalia Campus, California State University Fresno
  • Sara Mirhadi, Chief Program Officer, Poverello House
  • Sally Orme Moreno, District Attorney, Madera County
  • Lorna Roush, Secretary/Treasurer, Schultz Ranch, Inc.
  • Business: Central California Food Bank, Kym Dildine and Natalie Caples, Co-CEOs
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