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The 39th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards

Wednesday, October 12th from 11:00am to 1:00pm* at the Save Mart Center

The 39th 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 Stephanie Land, a best-selling author and public speaker.

2022 Honorees

Marjaree Mason Center is excited to announce the 2022 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. Join us on October 12th from 11am to 1pm at the Save Mart Center to celebrate this year's honorees!

  • Mindy Casto, Deputy Chief, Fresno Police Department
  • Michelle DiBuduo, Executive Director, Valley Caregiver Resource Center
  • Alcidia Freitas Gomes, Executive Director of Ag One Foundation; Senior Director of Development, CSU Fresno Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
  • Mao Misty Her, Deputy Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District
  • Dr. Fenglaly Lee, Obstetrician & Gynecologist, OMNI Women’s Health Medical Group
  • Dr. Ya-Shu Liang, Director of the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, Alliant International University - Fresno
  • Cassandra Little, Ph.D., CEO, Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Susan Ryan, President/CEO, Noble Credit Union
  • Lorraine Salazar, Co-Owner, Sal’s Mexican Restaurants
  • Georgeanne A. White, City Manager, City of Fresno
  • Business: Bank of America, Mark Riley, President of Bank of America - Fresno/Visalia; Marisa Moore, SVP, Market Executive - Fresno/Visalia

Meet Our 2022 Keynote Speaker

Stephanie Land’s bestselling debut memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive shares her resilience throughout her experience navigating poverty as a single mother escaping domestic violence while enduring the physical, economic, and social brutality that domestic workers face.

The memoir inspired Netflix’s Golden Globe Award-nominated series, MAID, starring Margaret Qualley, Andie McDowell, Nick Robinson and Anika Noni Rose. With Land as an executive producer on the show, it is one of Netflix’s most-watched series ever, reaching over 67 million households in its first month and over 469 million hours viewed.

Land continues to write and currently works on her next book, Class, which reports on college education in America and details her own experience as a college student exposed to the costs of receiving an education. Her writing about economic and social justice, domestic abuse, chronic illness, and motherhood have been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The New York Review of Books, among many other outlets.

For more information about Stephanie Land, please visit her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at

MMC has honored professional women and leading businesses for many years. Take a look at our Top Ten Alumni List.

Purchase Tickets

Limited Tickets Available, please contact Marianne Johnson at (559) 487-1317 to purchase.

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