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Judges select 2021 Most Influential Women

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For 22 years, Springfield Business Journal has honored women for their professional and civic accomplishments and contributions.

An independent panel of judges has selected this year’s class of Most Influential Women.

They are, in alphabetical order: Shonna Crawford, Evangel University; Anjee Davis, Fight Colorectal Cancer Inc.; Dawn Day, Mercy Springfield Communities; Rachael Dockery, Missouri State University; Jody Dow, Springfield Dream Center; Rita Gurian, MyEncore Business & Professional Coaching; Kippie Kutz, The Kitchen Inc.; Allison Langford, Southwest Baptist University; Christie Love, The Connecting Grounds; Linda Merkling, ProSource Springfield; Natalie Murdock, Foundation for Springfield Public Schools; Stephanie O’Connor, City Utilities of Springfield; Krista Peryer, The Geek Foundation; Laura Robinson, Husch Blackwell LLP; Lori Rook, Ozarks Elder Law; Megan Short, Springfield Contractors Association; Terri Tucker-Wiest, Phoenix Home Care and Hospice and Tucker Resources; Rebecca Weber, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri; Viviana Writer, Prosperiti Brokers LLC; and Debbie Yonke, Republic School District.

The 20 honorees will be recognized at an October event.

SBJ has partnered with local nonprofit Women in Need for the event to raise funds and help provide resources on a needs basis to working women.

Visit for more information on the event.


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