2018 Women of Influence
2018 Women of Influence Honorees:

Top row, from left: Marjorie Bedessem, Senior Engineer, Trihydro Corp. (WOI Best Mentor); Lynn Budd, Chief-Security Division, Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (WOI Government Law and Military); Laura Morrow, Owner, Laura M Gallery (WOI Business & Business Services); Deby Forry, Sr. VP of Risk Management, Trihydro Corp. (WOI Energy & Utilities); Renee Penton-Jones, General Manager, Ramkota Hotel (WOI Hospitality); Erin Moore, CEO/Partner, Gannett Peak Technical Services (WOI Manufacturing & Tech)

Bottom Row: Susan McMurry Samuelson, Co-owner Warren Livestock Ranch, philanthropist (WOI Lifetime Achievement); Tracy Garcia, Chief Nursing Officer, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (WOI Healthcare); Traci Lacock representing Hirst Applegate, LLP (WOI - Best Company to Work For); Donna Sheen, Director, The Wyoming Children's Law Center (WOI Nonprofit)

Not Pictured: Amber Hestla-Barnhart, Owner, Hestla Research (WOI Banking & Finance) and Wendy Smith, Assistant VP of Strategic Communications and Public Relations, Northern Wyoming Community College District (WOI Education).

The Grand Ballroom at Little America, filled with Wyoming’s female finery, including award nominees sporting peach rose corsages “looked like a beautiful field of wildflowers,” according to one male attendee. “And we few men are like a bunch of cows coming through. But we’re really glad to be here!” he added.

The sixth annual gathering may have been the largest ever for the Wyoming Women of Influence. The awards seek to honor women statewide for their outstanding work in nine industries, lifetime achievement, best mentor (male or female) and best company to work for.

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