published on July 15, 2016 - 10:20 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Marjaree Mason Center in Fresno announced that Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev will be the keynote speaker at its 33rd annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards luncheon in October.

Kazantsev has personal experience with dating violence, which inspired her pageant platform “Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence.”

“I’m extremely honored to get to speak about domestic violence, a cause that’s near and dear to my heart and I can’t wait to share my love for this advocacy work with you all,” Kazantsev said in a statement.

The 33rd annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards will bring more than 1,000 attendees together with the goal of honoring outstanding individuals in the community while also raising awareness for domestic violence. The event pays tribute to ten women who have served as role models and given back to their communities, all while making strides in their professions. One business is also honored as the Leading Business of the Year for its support of women and women’s issues.
 
A meet and greet is planned Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by the awards luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards nominations are due by 5 p.m. on July 22.

To purchase tickets, sponsor the luncheon or make a nomination, visit www.mmcenter.org/top-ten.


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