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SBJ to honor area’s Most Influential Women

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For almost two decades, Springfield Business Journal has honored women for their accomplishments in southwest Missouri and this 18th-annual class of Most Influential Women brings the count to 360 professionals.
The award recognizes the careers, civic leadership and influence of 20 women chosen by an independent panel of judges. The ladies will be honored during an Oct. 13 luncheon.

The 2017 Most Influential Women honorees, in alphabetical order, are: Heather Alder, Heather Hill Farms; RaeLynn Anderson, community volunteer; Brandi Bartel, The Victim Center Inc.; Brooke Bigham, EOS LLC; Andrea Brady, Great Southern Bank; Jill Bright, Diaper Bank of the Ozarks; Dr. Barbara Bumberry, Mercy Springfield Communities; Dianne Davis, DL Media Inc.; Linda Daugherty, Academy of Hair Design Inc.; Candida Deckard, CNH Reman LLC; Dr. Patricia Dix, CoxHealth; Bontiea Goss, Preferred Family Healthcare Inc.; Missy Handyside, Oasis Hotel & Convention Center; Melissa Higbie, Esterly, Schneider & Associates Inc.; Julie Masterson, Missouri State University; Karen McKnight, Nixa Public Schools; Tami North, Rogersville Area Chamber of Commerce; Amanda Tummons, Husch Blackwell LLP; Susie Turner, Signal Strength LLC; and Donna Washburn, Evangel University.

The Most Influential Women luncheon will begin with a silent auction at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at University Plaza Hotel Convention Center, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway.

Springfield Business Journal has partnered with Springfield not-for-profit Women in Need for the event in an effort to raise money and help provide resources to enable women and provide a hand up.

Tickets are $38 apiece and can be purchased by calling SBJ Circulation and Events Director Diana Weber at (417) 831-3238.


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