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A Celebration of the Best and Brightest in the Coachella Valley

Welcome to the 2014 Women in Business awards program, a Palm Springs Life media event. The Women in Business awards program honors Coachella Valley’s most dynamic women in business making headlines in their field. Palm Springs Life, through this second annual awards program, is pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate the success and achievements of women in business throughout the diverse desert business community.

The three winners of the 2014 Women in Business awards are women who have truly excelled, not only in their professional lives, but as leaders and role models. They may have come from different industries and walks of life, but they are likely to all share several things in common -- extraordinary accomplishments, a strong sense of self and a belief that anything is possible. This awards program honors their commitment, vision and talents that have made them true leaders in their chosen business fields.

Mariel Hemingway (seen at right), brand ambassador of Cambria, Keynote Speaker at Palm Springs Life’s 2014 Top Women in Business Awards!

Congratulations to the WOMEN IN BUSINESS 2014 WINNERS:

Entrepreneur (starts own business; non-profit or profit)
Denise Wilson, President and CEO, Desert Jet; Desert Jet Maintenance

Corporate Leader (non-profit or profit)
Charissa Farley, Owner & CEO, Farley Interlocking Paving.

Business Leader in the Community (making largest impact change and contribution in the community)
Lisa Vossler-Smith, Executive Director, Modernism Week

Congratulations to the WOMEN IN BUSINESS 2014 NOMINEES:

Entrepreneur (starts own business; non-profit or profit)
1. Denise Wilson, President and CEO, Desert Jet; Desert Jet Maintenance
2. Jaci Fitzsimonds, President, Cord Media Company
3. Jenell Fontes, CEO, All About Me, INC.
4. Jennifer Lynn Douheret, Managing Member/ Marketing Director, Clementine Gourmet Marketplace & Cafe
5. Sandi Phillip, Realtor, Sandi Phillips
6. Valohna Wynn & Gayle Weintraub, Owners, V and G Hipwear

Corporate Leader (non-profit or profit)
1. Amy Blaisdell, Communications Director, City of Palm Springs
2. Charissa Farley, Owner & CEO , Farley Interlocking Paving.
3. Christine Madruga, President/ Co-Founder, The Pet Rescue Center, Inc.
4. Jaci Fitzsimonds, President, Cord Media Company

Business Leader in the Community (making largest impact change and contribution in the community)
1. Charissa Farley, Owner & CEO, Farley Interlocking Paving.
2. Jessice Norte, Tribal Council Member, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
3. Leisa Austin, Owner, Imago Galleries.
4. Lisa Vossler-Smith, Executive Director, Modernism Week.
5. Sara O’Flynn, Marketing Director, The Gardens of El Paseo & El Paseo Village.
6. Stephanie Greene, CEO, FG Creative.
7. Victory Grund, Founder and Visionary, Old Town Artisan Studio.

Please check back in November 2014 for the opening of Nominations for Women in Business 2015.