National Diversity Council Announces the 2016 Most Powerful Businesswomen in Texas

National Diversity Council Announces the 2016 Most Powerful Businesswomen in Texas

The National Diversity Council, along with Texas Diversity Magazine, is proud to announce the 2016 Most Powerful Businesswomen award winners. This year, when a woman has risen to the very top of a major political party for the first time in this nation’s history, there is no time better than now to recognize the unbelievable achievements women have made in the business sphere. These women have raised bars, broken barriers and inspired their peers – both female and male – to face all challenges head on and conquer their goals.

“The 2016 Most Powerful Businesswomen award gives well-deserved recognition to the women who have exhibited a proven record of success in their field,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chairman of the National Diversity Council. “Our organization takes great pride in honoring this distinguished group of accomplished women who are helping lead their businesses to greater heights.”

Selection for this distinction was based on each individual’s contributions to business growth and strategic direction, proven record of accomplishments in their area of expertise, and their ability to serve as an effective role model who inspires other women and is active in mentoring the next generation of female professionals. Each awardee stands atop their field in several industries such as health care, law, technology, retail and oil & gas. The wide range of industries represented in this group of distinguished businesswomen speaks to the long strived for ascendancy of women in the workplace.

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2016 Texas Most Powerful Business Women

  • Amanda McMillian, Senior VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Anadarko Petroleum
  • Ann Ackerson, CPO & VP, Supply Chain Management, Dresser Rand
  • Ann Janssen, VP, Accounting, EOG Resources
  • Ann Yett, Chief Financial Officer, Keller Williams
  • Andrejka Bernatova, VP, Finance & Investor Relations, PennTex Midstream Partners
  • Barbara K Allen, Director, D.R. Horton
  • Beth Manuet, Executive VP, Academy
  • Betty Manetta, President & CEO, Argent Associates
  • Cara Vives, VP, Sales, Labatt Food Service
  • Carol Clements, Chief Information Officer, Pizza Hut US
  • Catherine Schnurr, General Counsel, Spiceworks
  • Cindy McCann, Global VP, Investor Relations, Whole Foods
  • Eileen Akerson, Executive VP & General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, KBR
  • Ellen Barker, Chief Information officer, Texas Instruments
  • Janet Bray, Chief Human Resources Officer, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
  • Janet Langford Carrig, Senior VP, Law, General Counsel, ConocoPhillips
  • Joy Rothschild, Chief Human Resources Officer, Omni Hotel & Resorts
  • Julie Dill, Chief Communications Officer, Spectra Energy
  • Karen H. Quintos, Executive VP, Chief Customer Officer, Dell
  • Kathleen J. Wu, Partner, Business Operations, Andrews Kurth
  • Kelly Dilts, Chief Financial Officer & Executive VP, Francesca’s
  • Kendra Scott, CEO, Kendra Scott Design
  • Kim Cummins, AVP, Human Resources & Diversity, BNSF Railway
  • Kimberly Allen Dang, Chief Financial Officer, Kinder Morgan
  • Kimberly Ross , Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer, Baker Hughes
  • Laura Bishop, Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer, USAA
  • Laura A. Coffey, Executive VP, Pier 1 Imports
  • Laura Nichol, Senior VP, Business Support, Crown Castle
  • Leah King, Senior VP, Development, United Way
  • Lisa Bottle, VP, Corporate Affairs, Fluor
  • Lisa Keglovitz, VP, Talent Acquisition & Diversity, GameStop
  • Lori Johnston , Executive VP & CAO, Celanese
  • Lori Lee, Senior Executive VP & Global Marketing Officer, AT&T
  • Marie Myers, VP, Finance, HP
  • Mary Beth West, Executive VP, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer, J.C. Penney
  • Maryann Mannen, Chief Financial Officer, FMC Technologies
  • Melkeya McDuffie, VP, Talent Acquisition, Waste Management
  • Myrtle L. Jones, Senior VP, Tax, Halliburton
  • Nikki Sumpter, Senior VP, Human Resources, JPS Health Group
  • Nina Vaca, Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group
  • Purvi Pavel Albers, Partner, Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Raina Avalon, VP, Logistics, Sysco
  • Rina Patel, Regional President, Wells Fargo
  • Sandra McGlothlin, Partner, Empire Roofing
  • Sheila Hailey, Vice President, Burns Wilcox
  • Stephanie Stegall, VP, Events, Sales, & Operations, Houston Astros
  • Sue Burnett, President & Founder, Burnett Staffing
  • Susan M. Cunningham, Executive VP ESHR & New Frontiers, Noble Energy
  • Tammy Romo, VP, Financial Planning, Southwest Airlines
  • Vandi Theriot, VP, Talent Services, TDECU

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