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Opinion: Honorees make their mark across industries, community

2018 Most Influential Women

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Being a woman of influence doesn’t happen around one event or accomplishment, but it’s how we walk out our daily lives. It’s how we affect the world around us and what contributions we make to those with whom we share life with, whether as family, at work or in the community.

We all have had our lives touched by that remarkable, unforgettable woman who believed in us, cared for us and left a forever mark on our lives.

It’s time for Springfield Business Journal’s annual celebration of the Most Influential Women in the Ozarks. The 20 women chosen for the honor this year come from a variety of backgrounds, including the banking industry, law firms, chambers of commerce, education and the theater.

However, they all share common ground in the fact that they have influenced the world around them in extraordinary ways.

Each woman was nominated by someone in the community and then asked to complete a questionnaire sharing about their life and leadership. The nominees’ packets then went to a panel of judges who scored each packet.

Out of the 75 respondents, 20 rose to the top to become this year’s honorees.

The participation in the event shows just how many deserving women we have in the Springfield area impacting our community on a daily basis.

This marks the 19th year for the event and so far, 380 amazing women have received this recognition for contributions and accomplishments they have made. As a recent recipient, I am humbled to be a part of this inspiring group of women.

Please plan to join us for the Most Influential Women luncheon and hear the stories of each of these 20 women and how they have impacted our community.

Linda Daugherty is the superintendent at Academy of Hair Design and the vice president of the Nixa Public Schools board. She can be reached at


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