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BusinessWoman of the Year

Celebrating exceptional businesswomen


Established in 1986, this award honors the achievements of exceptional businesswomen based on their contributions to the business, civic and cultural communities in the Charlotte region. Past recipients include: Theresa Drew, Managing Partner, Carolinas Practice for Deloitte & Touche LLP; Andrea Smith, Chief Administrative Officer for Bank of America and Debra Plousha Moore, Chief Human Resources officer and executive vice president of Carolinas HealthCare System.

Recognized for its longstanding history and prestige, the Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year kicks off the spring award season. With ample professional development and networking opportunities, this event reaches 300 of the area's business and thought leaders.

Nominations for the 2018 Charlotte BusinessWomen of the Year have officially closed.  The 2018 winner and luncheon information will be announced this winter.    

Previous Award Recipients

2017 Theresa Drew 2007 Lauri Eberhart 1996 Phyllis Schultz
2016 Andrea B. Smith 2006 Dee Dixon 1995 Ruth Shaw
2015 Debra Plousha Moore 2005 Christie Taylor 1994 Katie Tyler
2014 Susan DeVore   2004 Peyton Howell 1993 Linda McFarland Farthing
2013 Lynn Good 2003 Dana Rader 1992 Jill Flynn
2012 Laura A. Schulte 2002 Krista Tillman 1991 Muriel Helms
2011 Ann Caulkins 2001 Vicki Wilson-McElreath 1990 Patricia Rodgers
2010 Carol Hevey 2000 Mary Tribble 1989 Betty Trautwein & Elaine Lyerly
2009 Cathy Bessant 1999 Jeannie Falknor 1988 Dale Halton
2008 Jennifer Appleby 1998 Gail Brinn Wilkins 1987 Bonnie Widenhouse
   1997 Carol Pontis 1986 Joan Zimmerman

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