Barbara Petree


Drawn to a career in nursing at a very young age, Barbara J. Petree was greatly inspired by her grandmother, Irene Mclaughlin, who was a Red Cross nurse during World War II. She embarked on her career in 1956 after earning a nursing diploma from the Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in San Francisco, California, and being certified as a registered nurse in the state of California. Serving as a staff nurse for the Children’s Hospital from 1956 to 1961, Ms. Petree joined the Stanford University Medical Center as a staff nurse in 1961, rising to become head nurse in 1972. That same year, she also started work as a nurse educator for an outreach program run by Stanford University

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Anju Gupta


Born and raised in India, Anju Gupta, PhD, feels very fortunate to have been able to complete her early education at an excellent university, as colleges and universities in India are highly competitive. She began her formal education with a Bachelor of Science at Banaras Hindu University followed by a Master of Science in life sciences. Qualifying for a scholarship/fellowship from the United States government for her doctoral studies, she joined The Ohio State University and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in genetics and statistics in 2001. From there, Dr. Gupta embarked on her career with the Monsanto Company, now Bayer AG, serving as the statistical genetics lead from 2005 to 2009 and the analytics and process lead from

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Sara Sutter


First earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from John Carroll University in 1996, Sara Sutter began her career that same year as a management consultant for the utilities department of PwC, rising to the position of principal management consultant before she left the company in 2002. From there, she joined SAP, where she excelled as a public services consulting manager, utilities practice manager and the director of public services and health care between 2008 and 2016. During this time, Ms. Sutter additionally obtained certification in SAP’s utilities solution and achieved a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. In 2016, Ms. Sutter joined Utegration, an IT service management company, as the director of consulting. She then rose

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Jenny Thorson


Completing the vast majority of her education in China, Jenny Thorson earned a degree in public relations before coming to the United States and embarking on her career as a realtor with RE/MAX in 2003. During her tenure with RE/MAX, she cultivated significant expertise in both residential and commercial real estate and received several awards for her excellence, including the 100 Club Award, the Platinum Club Award, the Chairman’s Club Award and induction in the RE/MAX Hall of Fame. Today, Ms. Thorson is a realtor with Realty One Group Homelink, a full-service residential real estate firm based in Diamond Bar, California. With nearly 20 years of experience in the field, Ms. Thorson’s day to day duties include liaising with clients,

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Logan Smith


Raised in San Rock, Alabama, by parents Kyle and Rhonda Smith, who have been staunch supporters of her education, Logan Ann-Marie Smith, PharmD, moved to Jacksonville to study at Jacksonville State University, where she was drawn to the pharmaceutical field by the diversity of career options it offered. She began her career as a pharmacy technician at CVS Pharmacy in 2012, a position she held until 2015, when she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry and achieved certification in immunization from the APhA Foundation. From there, Dr. Smith relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee, where she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the School of Pharmacy at South College in 2018. Licensed by the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy

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Janis Carreras


After receiving her diploma from Unity Reed High School, where she had excelled as a cheerleader, Janis Isabel Carreras spent a year studying at the John Casablancas Modeling & Career Center, from which she graduated in 2005. Realizing that, while she loved modeling and acting, her place was in health care, helping people, she began her career in dermatology as a front desk associate at the age of 19. After some time in the field, she decided that she wanted to do more hands-on work with patients and joined Northern Virginia Community College in 2008 to complete coursework in nursing. Since then, she has been certified as a medical and surgical assistant by the Metropolitan Institute of Health & Technology

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Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Griselda Basile was drawn to her career by her family’s business. Grateful for the opportunities presented to her by attending a bilingual school as a child, she sought an education in England following high school, where she studied English teaching and translation. Returning to Argentina to study law, she then pivoted toward business and earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management and strategy from the International Business Management Institute. Ms. Basile began her career as a tax preparer with EY in Argentina, where she worked from 2013 to 2015. Coming to the United States to finish her studies, Ms. Basile earned her Master of Business Administration and joined Saint Thomas Sur LLC as a

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Tanja Dorn


First earning a diploma in piano from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, Tanja Dorn went on to achieve a master’s degree in music from the Free University of Berlin. Cultivating her expertise as a music executive and officer manager, she spent the early days of her career as the artistic director of Klavierhaus and as an associate manager at Columbia Artists Management Inc. She became the senior vice president and the director of artist management for IMG Artists in 2007, positions she held until 2015. In 2016, she founded Dorn Music, where she continues to excel as the owner, chief executive officer and president. In her day to day work, Ms. Dorn finds and manages new talent, produces

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Sondra Wilson


Attributing much of her success, as both an educator and a realtor, to treating others the way she wants to be treated, Sondra “Michelle” Wilson was inspired to a career in education by Doyle Ball, her fifth grade mathematics teacher, as well as by a mathematics professor she had in college. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, she began a 12-year career as a middle school mathematics teacher in her home state of Louisiana. Focusing on teaching the way she wanted her sons to be taught, she furthered her skills with a Master of Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010. Above everything, Ms. Wilson notes that the most gratifying part of

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Nancy Reynolds


Inspired early on by her love of ballet, Nancy Reynolds began training as a ballet dancer at the School of American Ballet in 1951. In 1957, she was invited to join the New York City Ballet, where she danced for five years while continuing to train at the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School and the Martha Graham School. From there, she studied briefly at Sorbonne University in Paris in 1962 before achieving a Bachelor of Art in art history at Columbia University in 1965 and entering the field of publishing as an editor with Praeger Publishing from 1965 to 1971. While she was no longer dancing herself, Ms. Reynolds still found herself drawn to the field of dance

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