Cleveland, Ohio—(August 13, 2015) Profiles in Diversity Journal® announced today the winners of its 14th annual Women Worth Watching® Award. Winners will be featured in the publication’s Summer 2015 issue, according to James R. Rector, founder, CEO & publisher.

“This is our 14th year of producing our annual Women Worth Watching issue,” said Rector. “Each year, we are extremely encouraged by the number of organizations in every sector that support the career advancement of the women in their workplaces. We have also been proud to provide an award with such meaningful impact on the movement for gender equity in workforce leadership.”

Nominated by their employers for their passion, their potential, and their positive influence both inside and outside the workplace, the winners represent corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits from across North America and Europe. The stories of their professional achievements and their first-person accounts of lessons learned during their careers—featured in the magazine’s print and online editions—are insightful and thought provoking.

“When we launched our inaugural Women Worth Watching issue, we knew we were doing something unique,” said Kathie Sandlin, the magazine’s Editor in Chief. “We may not have been the first to celebrate the accomplishments of women in business, but we knew by telling their stories, we could help propel the wave of high achievers that would certainly follow.”

Read the stories behind this year’s winners here.

Since the Award’s inception in 2002, Women Worth Watching has featured ten women who have since assumed the role of CEO in Fortune 1000 organizations. This issue will include an interview with the latest award winner to achieve that distinction, Lynne Doughtie, who was recently named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KPMG and was named a Woman Worth Watching in 2008.

This year’s award recipients are as diverse as the industries and locations they work in, and include:

Denise R. Rutherford, 3M Company

Julia Davis, Aflac

Michelle O’Neill, Alcoa

Cari Katrice Dawson, Alston & Bird LLP

Jill Surdek, American Airlines

Carine Jean-Claude, Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Robyn Price Stonehill, Assurant, Inc.

Jerrie J. Kertz, AT&T

Carolyn Pleiss, Autotrader/Cox Automotive

Stacie Lee Ropka, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider

Lia Patton, BDO USA, LLP

Gail A. Karish, Best Best & Kreiger

Jennifer Marchetti, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Raynor Dahlquist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Alex Johnston, Catalyst Canada Inc.

Kathleen Elie, Charter School Business Management Inc. (CSBM)

Cindi Hook, Comcast Corporation

DeAnna D. Allen, Cooley LLP

Amy Mills, Cox Automotive

Judy Sansone, CVS Health

Abbi L. Cohen, Dechert LLP

Jill Van Pelt, Denny’s

Samantha Ryan, Electronic Arts

Megan Gomez, Esq., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Kristen Vennum, EY

Kristy Fercho, Fannie Mae

Teresa A. Lavoie, Ph.D., Fish & Richardson

Christine D. Hanley, FordHarrison LLP

Bonnie Crater, Full Circle Insights

Christine Furstoss, GE (Global Research Center)

Tanzania U. Adams, Georgia Power

Natasha M. Songonuga, Gibbons P.C.

Deirdre A. Leid, HARMAN

Marisa Iasenza, HARMAN

Jeanne C. Finegan, APR, HF Media LLC

Valeria Chapa Garza, Honeywell International Inc.

Sheila S. Tierney, Ingersoll Rand

Elizabeth Cooper , JLL

Kimberly Louis Robinson, Jones Walker LLP

Meredith McKenzie, Juniper Networks, Inc.

Natalia A. Shuman, Kelly Services

Tammy Hunter, KPMG LLC

Alison J. Hartley, L-3

Gina Andrukaitis, L-3

Lexi Alexander, L-3

Michele D. Johnson, Latham & Watkins LLP

Laura A. Boydston, Legg Mason

Karen Fowler-Williams, Lincoln Financial Group

Jillian Maver Ihsanullah, Linkage

Susie Heins, Manheim/Cox Automotive

Dianne Earley, Manheim/Cox Automotive

Katherine Y. K. Cheung, Marriott International, Inc.

Julianne M. Hartzell, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Lori Lightfoot, Mayer Brown LLP

Rebecca Eisner, Mayer Brown, LLP

Stephanie Willson, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Dr. Carla Campbell-Jackson, Mentoring and Providing Scholarships (MAPS) program

Susan Sun, MetroPlus Health Plan, Inc.

Malou C. Harrison, PhD, Miami Dade College

LaVon D. Chancy, Milligan & Company

Michelle B. Lee, Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc.

Cheri Burnham, Moss Adams LLP

Ann McElaney-Johnson, Mount Saint Mary’s University

Tonya Newman, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Carla Rutigliano, New York Life

Christi Shaw, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Elizabeth King, NYSE Group

Danielle Gray, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Rachel Kirsh, Oliver Wyman

Nancy Santiago Negrón, Opportunity Finance Network

Robin J. Davenport, Parker Hannifin Corporation

Jennifer Green, Pepper Construction Group

Ina L Murray, PNC Bank

Randa G. Newsome, Raytheon

Kirstin Turner, RBC Wealth Management-U.S.

Jennifer K. Grady, Richards Kibbe & Orbe

Kira Makagon, RingCentral

Kellie Lerner, Robins Kaplan LLP

Leigh A. Parker, Rockwell Collins

Sara McCoy, Salt River Project

Deborah Roberts, Sodexo, Inc.

Shira Goodman, Staples

Dorinda Smith, Sun Trust Mortgage

Niki Curci. Scott, Sun Trust Mortgage

Linda Kay, Terex Corporation

Elissa J. Margolis, The Walt Disney Company

Patricia Betron, ESPN

Cathleen Taff, The Walt Disney Company

  1. Ileana Martinez, Thompson Hine LLP

Deborah Higgins, Title Resource Group

Catherine Cornelius Smith, True Blue Inclusion

Nurit Katz, UCLA

Inajo Davis Chappell, Ulmer & Berne LLP

Shelly A. Espinosa, UnitedHealth Group

Stacey D. Stewart, United Way Worldwide

Dr. Andrea Lindell, Walden University

Jan Stern Reed, Walgreens

Heather Zachary, WilmerHale

Elizabeth L. Mitchell, WilmerHale

Kathy E. Magliato, MD, UCLA/Saint John’s Health Center

Read the stories behind this year’s winners here.

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