KNOW Women Announces 2023 Class of 100 Women to KNOW in America

Global Media Female Media Company Recognizes 100 Women to KNOW Across America

PHOENIX, AZ: – Sarah Benken, CEO and Publisher of the KNOW Book, has announced the honorees and honorable mentions of the 2023 100 Women to KNOW in America, presented by JPMorgan Chase, an annual award recognizing the top 100 female leaders across North America. Honorees were recognized at the Annual KNOW Women Summit, held April 23-25th at The FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award, presented by JPMorgan Chase is a recognition that showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society. Following a nomination and interview process, these women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists have not only grown their dreams, but have created boundless opportunities for the next generation of female leaders. These women exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious on the next level and continue to pour into their communities as they do so.


Candace Nelson – Sprinkles Cupcakes, Los Angeles, California 

Merrilee Kick – BuzzBallz, Carrollton, Texas

Alison Stine – Stine Wealth Management, Scottsdale, Arizona

Alyse Maslonik – RedefinED Advisors, Tyrone, Pennsylvania

Amanda Pietrocola – Momentum Technology, Nashville, Tennessee

Amri Kibbler – HeyMama, Putnam Valley, New York

Belén Albuja – Albuja Law, Denver, Colorado

Bernadette M Pello – Florida Trade Academy, Tampa, Florida

Betty Hines – Women Elevating Women, Owings Mills, Maryland

Bridgette Bello – Tampa Bay Business & Wealth, Tampa, Florida

Carolina Aponte – Caja Holdings, Charlotte, North Carolina

Carolynn Smith Jones – Seven Marketing PR, Tampa, Florida

Cat Ford Coates – Atelier Unforgettable, Asheville, North Carolina

Celeste Ford – Stellar Solutions Inc and Stellar Ventures, Portola Valley, California

Charo Toledo – Charo Entertainment, Los Angeles, California

Cindy Eckert – The Pink Ceiling, Raleigh, North Carolina

Darleen Santore AKA Coach Dar – Performance Meets Purpose, Scottsdale, Arizona

Debbie Van Ooteghem – Doe-Anderson, Louisville, Kentucky

Deirdre Tshien – Capsho, Austin, Texas

Dena Patton – Dena Patton Coaching & Training, Phoenix, Arizona

Denise Wiggins – Visions of New Hope, Knightdale, North Carolina

Dr. Brendell Thomas Francis – Tamar Community Outreach, Long Island, New York

Dr. Jessica Chung – International Business Association for Nurses, Tampa, Florida

Dr. Mautra Staley Jones – Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dr. MelindaJoy Mingo – Significant Life Change, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dr. Sandi Webster – Sandi Webster LLC, Brooklyn, New York

Dr. Sharon Jones – Dottie Rose Foundation, Charlotte, North Carolina

Dr. Zabina Bhasin M.D. – In KidZ, Los Angeles, California

Elin Barton – White Knight Productions, Vestal, New York

Elizabeth McFadden – Novella Brandhouse, Kansas City, Missouri

Eve Logunova-Parker – Evenness, Atlanta, Georgia

Fabi Preslar – Spark Publications, Charlotte, North Carolina

Gloria Mensah – GK Folks Foundation, Salt Lake City, Utah

Heather Polivka – Awesome People Leaders, Richfield, Minnesota

Jaclyn Jackson – National Equity Fund, Chicago, Illinois

Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson – Heartwood Healing, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jaime Taets – Keystone Group International, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Janet Cussler – Janet Cussler Car Collection, Phoenix, Arizona

Janet Jackson-Gordon – Boss Chix ATL, Jackson Events & Entertainment and Moonlight Pizza, Atlanta Georgia

Janice A. Jones – Good Earth Minerals, Denver, Colorado

Jen Rogers – Hudson West, Scottsdale, Arizona

Jenny Sepulveda – Guaranteed Rate, Chicago, Illinois

Jenny Strebe – AIIR, Scottsdale, Arizona

Jill Osur – Teneral Cellars, Somerset, California

Jill Santa Lucia – Catering Works, Raleigh, North Carolina

JJ Ramberg – Goodpods, Los Angeles, California

Julie Cole – Mabel’s Labels, Burlington, Ontario

Kabisa “Coach Kb” Ceal Starks – Ready To Live Soaps and Ready to Live Coaching, Atlanta, Georgia

Kamela Forbes – Pride Global, New York, New York

Kanika Chadda Gupta – That’s Total Mom Sense, Secaucus, New Jersey

Katya Libin – Katya Libin & Co., Armonk, New York

Kay M McDonald – Charity Charms, Phoenix, Arizona

Kelly Kolar – Kolar Design, Cincinnati, Ohio

Kimleigh Smith – Embrace Your Cape Enterprises, Los Angeles, California

Lachi – Lachi Music, New York, New York

Lauren Marturano – Zinnia, Charlotte, North Carolina

Laurette Rondenet – Edlong, Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Layne Lewis – Willowview Consulting, Eagle, Idaho

Lia Valencia Key – Valencia Key, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Marla Isackson – Ossa, Tenafly, New Jersey

Mary Schreiber Swenson – MyMedChoices, Inc & My Smile Choices, Hockessin, Delaware

Melinda Browning – Civic Center Pharmacy, Mesa, Arizona

Michele M. Smith – The West Event Space, Tampa, Florida

Michelle Cirocco – Televerde Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona

Molly Stockley – City of Hope, Phoenix, Arizona

Natalie McGrady – Cargill, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Natalie Ruiz – AnswerConnect, Portland, Oregon

Neerja Patel – Neerja Public Relations, Irvington, New York

Nicole Peternel – Rein Communications, Charlotte, North Carolina

Olalah Njengo – YellowWood Group, Raleigh, North Carolina

Omenesa Akomolafe – Pearls & Pauls International Foundation, New York

Rada Neal – Piano Passions, Green Valley, Arizona

Renate Moore – LadyRen’s Bakery & Books, Concord, North Carolina

Sarah Valentina Bondzie – Bonne Foundation, Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

Saya Doe Sio – Annie T Doe Memorial Foundation, Charlotte, North Carolina

Shael Norris – SafeBAE, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Sharon Lechter – Pay Your Family First, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Shereese Floyd – Witness My Life, Charlotte, North Carolina

Sierrah Chavis – Bossy Girl, Suffolk, Virginia

Sindy Zemura – Southern Africa Embrace Foundation, Brampton, Ontario

Stacie Baird – HRtoHX and Community Medical Services, Queen Creek, Arizona

Tara Williamson – Pink Ink Tattoo, Louisburg, North Carolina

Theresa Backes – Backes Wellness, San Tan Valley, Arizona

Tishamarie Strasser – Bring It-Push It-Own It, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Tracey Greene-Washington – Indigo Innovation Group & CoThinkk, Concord, North Carolina

Trisha Sakhuja-Walia – Brown Girl Magazine, Long Island, New York

Victoria L. Woods – ChappelWood Financial Services, Edmond, Oklahoma



Bernice Feaster – The Scholar Mom, LLC, Charlotte, North Carolina

Chasta Hamilton – Stage Door Dance, Raleigh, North Carolina

Davita Galloway – DUPP&SWAT, Charlotte, North Carolina

Kate Merrill – B-Lynk, Inc, Tampa, Florida

Kathy Scheil Pavlik – Johnny’s Pizza, Raleigh, North Carolina

Kristie Nystedt – Atlantic Brew Supply, Raleigh, North Carolina

Laura Grier – Andeana Hats, Los Angeles, California

Lilach Mazor Power– Mazor Collective, Phoenix, Arizona

Lorraine Tallman – Amanda Hope Rainbow Angeles, Phoenix, Arizona

Lynne Kimmich – Alliance Financial Group, Sarasota, Florida

Michelle Jewsbury – Unsilenced Voices, Tampa, Florida

Nicci Levy – Alchemy 43, Los Angeles, California

Shannon Keil – The Regent, Tampa, Florida

Tiawana Brown – Beauty after the Bars, Charlotte, North Carolina

The 2023 Annual KNOW Women Summit, presented by Industrious and 100 Women to KNOW in America Award Gala, presented by JPMorgan Chase will bring together dynamic women leaders and business owners from North America for two full days of workshops, panels, networking opportunities, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on honorees, with award presentations at the 100 Women to KNOW in America Award Dinner and Gala, presented by JPMorgan Chase

The Summit is open to award honorees, KNOW Global members and their female guests, corporate supporters, and all women looking for inspiration and connections in business and career.

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