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CONGRATULATIONS 2018 HONOREES
Top Row (L-R)
  • Business: Ruiz Food Products, Inc., represented by Kim Ruiz Beck and Rachel P. Cullen
  • Dr. Davinder K. Sidhu, Assistant Superintendent, Selma Unified School District
  • Mary Castro, First Lady and Campus Volunteer, California State University, Fresno; Commissioner, Fresno County Housing Authority
Middle Row (L-R)
  • TheeAnna Stevens, Dealer Operater/Owner, Fresno Acura
  • Jody Hudson, Director of Operations, Catholic Charities
  • Laneesha Senegal, Executive Director, Helping Others Pursue Excellence (HOPE)
  • Dawan Utecht, Director of Department of Behavioral Health and Public Guardian, County of Fresno
Bottom Row (L-R)
  • Dr. Carole Goldsmith, President, Fresno City College
  • Teri Amerine, Vice President, Foundation and Volunteer Services, Saint Agnes Medical Center
  • Dr. Jody Hironaka-Juteau, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Fresno
  • Gena Lew Gong, President, Central California Asian Pacific Women
The 35th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards

This 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.

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2018 Keynote Speaker - Denise Brown
Meet our 2018 Keynote Speaker:
Denise Brown

Born in Germany and raised in Southern California, Denise Brown led a life remarkable only in its normalcy until June 12, 1994 when her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, was murdered. Brown's life path dramatically altered, she would now tell you that along with her devotion to her son, Sean, she is also committed to raising awareness against domestic violence - a crime that kills four women every day in the United States.

Since early 1995, Denise Brown has traveled to various states speaking on the epidemic of domestic violence. She has addressed university student bodies, men in prison and in batterers’ treatment programs, women at risk, church groups and various educational and legislative forums. Ms. Brown has helped raise funds for local shelters all across the country with her appearances, and has assisted in the success of a major project called the Vine System. This program allows victims to be automatically notified when the person who harmed them is released from jail or prison.

As part of her commitment, Ms. Brown has worked to help pass a variety of legislative solutions for domestic violence. One of her most important projects was to lobby on behalf of the Violence Against Women Act. Senator Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania contacted Ms. Brown and asked for her assistance on a portion of the bill that was being stalled in committee in the U.S. Senate.

With a potential slashing of its federal allocation to domestic violence services, Denise Brown testified to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act. After her testimony, that portion of the bill’s funding was increased from eighteen million to thirty-two million dollars. U.S. Senators Biden and Hatch have cited Denise Brown as “having done more for the issue of domestic violence than any other individual.” Denise Brown has made a life-long commitment to educate the public as well as improve the quality of living for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. She is determined to banish the darkness and end the silence.

2018 Keynote Speaker - Denise Brown
Meet our 2018 Keynote Speaker:
Denise Brown

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Valley Children's Healthcare

Born in Germany and raised in Southern California, Denise Brown led a life remarkable only in its normalcy until June 12, 1994 when her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, was murdered. Brown's life path dramatically altered, she would now tell you that along with her devotion to her son, Sean, she is also committed to raising awareness against domestic violence - a crime that kills four women every day in the United States.

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