We’re taking a look at community leaders in positions of influence in honor of Women’s History Month
• Jennifer Appleby: Taps into creativity through work at Wray Ward & involvement on the city’s key nonprofit boards.
• Cathy Bessant: Owns American Banker distinction as Most Powerful Woman in Banking for 2018.
• Susan DeVore: Continues to be among most influential CEOs in health, according to Modern Healthcare.
• Rosalyn Durant: Strives to make college programming appealing on ESPN platforms.
• Lynn Good: Keeps the power on for 7.6 million customers as CEO of Duke Energy.
• Carol Lovin: Works as top woman at Atrium Health, earning Business Woman of the Year Honors from Queens University.
• Jacqie McWilliams: Presides as commissioner over Ballantyne-based CIAA, whose hoops tourney the city covets.
• Pat Rodgers: Displays so much leadership even outside her role as CEO of Rodgers Builders.
• Andrea B. Smith: Garners recognition as one of banking industry’s most powerful women at Bank of America.
• Jennifer L. Weber: Hires & retains top talent at Lowe’s Companies, while advising Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.
• Jamie Brooks: Leads one of the largest middle schools in the state at Community House Middle.
• Elyse Dashew: Speaks with composure as vice chair of the school board.
• Kandi Deitemeyer: Establishes partnerships with industries to grow Central Piedmont Community College.
• Pamela Davies: Reigns as president of Queens University of Charlotte, a role she’s had since 2002.
• Maureen Furr: Steers the ship at South Mecklenburg High Schools, among the state’s largest student populations.
• Tracy Harrill: Leads a high-achieving institution at Providence High School.
• Margaret Marshall: Talks proudly as school board member about great things happening in south Charlotte schools.
• Ellen McIntyre: Guides UNC Charlotte’s Cato College of Education as dean & serves on pro-literacy boards.
• Kondra Rattley: Provides educational support as superintendent of CMS’s Southeast Learning Community.
• Charlotte Nadja Trez: Makes decisions that affect nearly 20,000 English language learners at CMS.
• Dena Diorio: Manages Mecklenburg County government steadily despite shaky commissioner directives.
• Peggy Eagan: Ensures stable homes as she directs Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services.
• Tracy Dodson: Leads city’s economic development work after tenure with south Charlotte-based Lincoln Harris.
• Leslie Johnson: Maintains sustainable communities as assistant county manager.
• Pat Cotham: Advocates as county commissioner for homeless and Mecklenburg’s towns.
• Julie Eiselt: Presides over the city at special functions when Mayor Vi Lyles is away.
• Susan Harden: Trains teachers in day job and runs county on personal time as commissioner.
• Victoria Nwasike: Gives voice to region as leader of South Charlotte Partners and Ballantyne Breakfast Club.
• Ella Scarborough: Recites Bible verses and wisdom for any given situation from the county commissioners’ dais.
• Vi Lyles: Dedicates more hours to her role at Charlotte mayor than many people do to their full-time jobs.
• Laura Belcher: Builds decent, affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte.
• Laura Clark: Transforms neighborhoods in various roles, including CEO, of United Way of Central Carolinas.
• Donna Dunlap: Advocates mentorship through role as CEO with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.
• Amy Jacobs: Encourages people to donate money & time to hundreds of charities via Share Charlotte.
• Katherine Lambert: Oversees the Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
• Erin Santos: Raises money through Isabella Santos Foundation to fight cancer at the Levine Children’s Hospital.
• Judith Schindler: Teaches Jewish studies at Queens University of Charlotte after years leading Temple Beth El.
• Molly Shaw: Delivers case management & supplies to students via Communities in Schools.
• Jane Shutt: Gives hope to Pineville residents and purpose to potatoes as head of Pineville Neighbors Place.
• Kirsten Sikkelee: Empowers women after 10 years as CEO of YWCA Central Carolinas.
Know an inspirational woman?
South Charlotte Weekly is accepting nominations for five women in the community whose stories are inspiring – whether at the office or at home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to recommend someone. We’re putting together a women’s empowerment event and special edition in May to recognize them.