2016 Women of Western Wake Luncheon

A Celebration to Honor Western Wake's Finest

Each year, we bring you this special feature about local women who are making their mark on our corner of the world, and beyond. The goal in doing so is not only to honor their efforts, but to empower the rest of us by sharing some of the philosophies that make these women successful. Meet this year’s honorees and see our gallery of last year’s event.

Cary Magazine’s Women of Western Wake luncheon honors the achievements and successes of local women who are outstanding leaders and have a strong impact on our community.

Event details

Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Registration cost: $60

In addition to learning how the 2016 Women of Western Wake honorees arrived at where they are today, attendees will also enjoy:

  • Complimentary valet sponsored by Johnson Lexus
  • FREE professional headshots provided by Live View Studios
  • Delicious 3-course lunch prepared by The Umstead
  • A panel discussion with the honorees, moderated by Elizabeth Gardner of WRAL
  • Extended networking opportunities, including access to a post-event attendee list

Now in its ninth year, the Women of Western Wake Luncheon has established a community that truly values the advancement of women in all aspects of our society and we hope you will join us and be a part of it!

Register for the Luncheon

2016 Sponsors

Thank you to the businesses already supporting this event:

First Tennessee Bank
Head Shot Cafe Sponsor

12 Oaks
Networking Sponsor

Cotton Inc.
Gift Bag Sponsor

Primrose School
Platinum Table Sponsor

Twisted Scizzors
Honoree Highlights Sponsor

Johnson Lexus
Valet Sponsor

Fit & Able Productions
Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association
Paragon Bank
Southern Studio Interior Design
StudioVIBE
Waltonwood of Cary

Table Sponsors

Several sponsorship opportunities are available for the luncheon. If your business would be interested in sponsoring this event, please call Cary Magazine at 919-674-6020.

Previous Women of Western Wake

2005 Honorees


Ann Goodnight, SAS, CVA, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, An Cuisine
Pat Bazemore, Town of Cary Chief of Police
Sheila Ogle, The Matthews House
Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Progress Energy
Daphne Ashworth, Ashworth Drugs Lynn’s & Daphne’s Hallmark

2006 Honorees


Judy Fourie, J. Fourie & Co.
Lisbeth Gierman, WakeMed
Teresa Salter, Triangle Pediatrics
June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Trish Hanchette, Lennar

2007 Honorees


Diane Hillsgrove, YMCA
Donna Hargens, Wake County Public School System
Sue Rowland, Town of Cary Clerk
Ann Marie Calabria, N.C. Appeals Court Judge

2008 Honorees


Mary Lou Powell, Rex Healthcare
Ann Denlinger, Wake Education Partnership
Nellie Shipley, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice Law Firm
Barbara Mulkey, Mulkey Engineers & Consultants
Lucy Daniels, Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood

2009 Honorees


Sepideh Asefnia, SEPI Engineering Group
Mary Henderson, Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
Mary DePuew Kamm, Volunteer Extraordinaire
Billie Redmond, Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties

2010 Honorees


Gale Adcock, SAS Institute
Virginia Anthony, Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian
Ping Fu, Geomagic
Maureen Hartford, Meredith College
Cynthia Marshall, AT&T North Carolina

2011 Honorees


Dr. Kerry Chandler, Wake Radiology
Debra Goldman, Wake County Board of Education
Phyllis Eller-Moffett, Quality Staffing Specialists
Monica Smiley, Enterprising Women Magazine
Bianca Strzalkowski, 2011 Military Spouse of the Year

2012 Honorees


Leah Brown, A10 Clinical Solutions
Kathy Burns, Hall & Burns Wealth Management LLC and Burns and Bynum, CPA, PA
Christine Hilt, CLH Design
Kay Struffolino, Valued Volunteer
Juliann Zoetmulder, Western Wake Farmers’ Market

2013 Honorees


Joy Ennis, Town of Cary
Lynn Minges, North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association
Darelyn “DJ” Mitsch, Pyramid Resource Group
Michelle Pfeiffer, Anna’s Angels Foundation
Susan Zárate, Wake County Public School System

2014 Honorees


Susan Braun, The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Marla Dorrel, Triangle J Council of Governments
Dr. Cynthia Gregg, Cynthia Gregg M.D.
Lee Anne Nance, Research Triangle Regional Partnership
Jennifer Robinson, Town of Cary

2015 Honorees


Gemimah Hernandez Fuentes, SAFEchild, A Better Choice: Rise Up Counseling
Lisa Grimes, PurThread
Jenn Mann, SAS
Angela Newman, WakeMed Cary
Dr. Tracy Weeks, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

2016 Honorees


Kimberly Kitchings (Kim), Consumer Marketing for Cotton Inc.
Naomi Riley, Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization Association
Alisa Wright Colopy, Fit & Able Productions Inc.
Deirdre Clarke, Customer Success at Aha!
Nur Onvural, Pfeiffer University