Blast for the past: The Marjaree Mason Center shared this image on social media of the 1999 Top 10 Professional Women event. This year's event is Oct. 12.
Written by Frank Lopez
The Marjaree Mason Center announced Thursday the honorees for its 39th annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards.
An awards ceremony is planned Oct. 12 at the Save Mart Center.
The Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards honors local women who have excelled professionally and given back to their communities. One business, Bank of America, will be honored as the Leading Business for its support of women and women’s issues in the workplace.
The 2022 Top Ten Professional Women are:
Mindy Casto, captain, Fresno Police Department
Michelle DiBuduo, executive director, Valley Caregiver Resource Center
Alcidia Freitas Gomes, executive director of the Ag One Foundation and senior director of development for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State
Mao Misty Her, deputy superintendent, Fresno Unified School District
Dr. Fenglaly Lee, obstetrician and gynecologist, OMNI Women’s Health Medical Group
Dr. Ya-Shu Liang, director of the clinical psychology Psy.D. program, Alliant International University, Fresno
Cassandra Little, Ph.D., CEO, Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
Susan Ryan, president/CEO, Noble Credit Union
Lorraine Salazar, co-owner, Sal’s Mexican Restaurants
Georgeanne A. White, city manager, City of Fresno
This year’s keynote speaker is author Stephanie Land, whose best-selling memoir inspired the Emmy-nominated Netflix series, “Maid,” which she also executive produced.
This year’s awards ceremony will be the first indoor community event hosted by the Marjaree Mason Center since the 36the Top Ten Professional Women & Leading Business Award luncheon in October 2019.
Last year’s event was held at Chukchansi Park in front of nearly 1,200 attendees.
All honorees for the awards are nominated and recommended by their peers, with applications read and scored by a panel of judges made up of business leaders in Fresno County.
“MMC is excited to continue the tradition of this beloved community event at the Save Mart Center as we honor and celebrate these well accomplished business professionals,” said Charity Susnick, director of development and communications at the Marjaree Mason Center. “We are also thrilled to hear from author and speaker, Stephanie Land, who will inspire and challenge our community as we care for adults and children who have experienced the trauma of domestic violence.”
For more information and tickets, visit the online portal.