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Raj Sodhi-Layne, vice president and branch manager, California Bank and Trust, is one of the 2019 Top Ten Professional Women.

published on August 7, 2019 - 1:36 PM
Written by Donald A. Promnitz

The Marjaree Mason Center has announced its latest cohort of ten women and one business that have been selected as honorees for the 36th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards.

The ceremony, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center on Oct. 15, is expected to bring approximately 1,500 attendees together with the goal of honoring individuals in the Fresno County community while also raising awareness of domestic violence.

“This event pays tribute to ten women who have excelled professionally, served as role models and given back to their communities,” according to a news release. “One business is also honored as the Leading Business of the Year for its support of women and women’s issues.”

Each of the following honorees was nominated by member of the community and reviewed by a committee of judges who are Fresno County community members and business professionals:

Raine Bumatay, principal, Fresno Adult School, Fresno Unified School District

Lindsay Callahan, president and CEO, United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties

Nené Casares, board president, Central California Women’s Conference

Kathryn Catania, Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools

Tara Lynn Gray, president and CEO, Fresno Metro Black Chamber, Fresno Metro Black Chamber Foundation

Beverly Hayden-Pugh, senior vice president, chief nursing officer and chief transformation officer, Valley Children’s Healthcare

Kamaljit Kaur, community organizer, Jakara Movement

Amanda Nicholson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, founder and CEO, Swan Consulting

Brandi Orth, Fresno County Clerk and Registrar of Voters

Raj Sodhi-Layne, vice president and branch manager, California Bank and Trust

2019 Leading Business:

DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers, LLC, Matt DeFendis and Mike DeFendis, principals

Tickets to the luncheon can be purchased online at https://www.mmcenter.org/top-ten for $60 each or a table of 10 for $600.


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