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Women in Business Leadership Awards 2019

Bozzi Media received more than 150 emails for the Women in Business Leadership Awards resulting in 90 qualifying nominations this year-with more than 50 completed forms returned-each worthy of recognition. In the past they have honored 12 women, but this year, with increased interest, they chose to honor 20 broken into four groups.

Winners can be found in the March issue of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine and the Awards Breakfast is at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill on Thursday, March 21, doors open at 7am, tickets available at eventbrite.com.

Stephanie Curran, Spokane Public Facilities District
Lisa Fortier, GU Girls Head Basketball Coach
Jaxon Riley, Leadership Spokane
Kitara Johnson, Excelsior Wellness Center
Carolyn Kadyk, MultiCare

Susan Horton, Wheatland Bank
Kammi Mencke Smith, Winston Cashatt Lawyers
Jennifer Lehn, Numerica
Camile Christianson, Moss Adams
Jennifer Mitchell, Northern Quest

Cyndi Slizza Donahue, Spokane Club
Evgeniya Broulee, Davenport
Sinead Voorhees, Whitworth University
Alissa Roloff, Rollof Digital Forensics
Jacqueline Barnard, River City Pizza

Brooke Cloninger, DDS
Celeste Shaw, Chaps
Sara Berry, Berry Built
Rose Backs, Elite Auction
Jennifer West, JPW Communications

Citizen Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Historic Inductees

The Spokane Public Library Foundation and the City of Spokane announce the historic inductees for the Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame. They will be honored at the May 1 breakfast with the previously announced living honorees.

Ruth Sampson Ayers (1898-1991), is a lifelong resident of Spokane and North Central High School graduate. She started her career in music as a teenager working for the Pacific Music Company and while there, opened the sheet music department. By 1929, she started the Ruth Sampson Sheet Music Company and later changed the name of the company to the Sampson-Ayers House of Music after she married her husband, Stephen Ayers, in 1945. Mrs. Ayers dedicated her life to bringing music to the Spokane community.

Dr. John Moyer (1922-2014), was a physician and state representative from the 6th district. While he was a practicing ob-gyn, he delivered around 7,500 babies during a 30-year career until he retired in 1986. From there, he served in the Washington State Legislature until 1991 where he championed eastern Washington and focused on health care for children. Dr. Moyer also was also active with the Friends of the Falls and protecting our river.

Eric & Ina Johnston (1896-1963) & (1896-1991), were business owners and philanthropists who started the Johnston-Fix Foundation. Mr. Johnston started his career in Spokane in the electrical and lighting industry and then went on to serve as president of the United States Chamber of Commerce and then president of the Motion Picture Association of America. Ms. Johnston ran the foundation after her husband's passing and her initial donation created the Dishman Hills Natural Area.

Ed Tsutakawa (1921-2006), originally from Seattle, he moved to Spokane after World War II. Mr. Tsutakawa was a printer and an artist. He was influential in bringing a Japanese planner to Manito Park to create the Japanese garden as well as Mukogawa College at the old Fort George Wright site, serving as part of the administration. Mr. Tsutakawa was the starter behind the sister city relationship with Nishinomiya and advised many mayors during his career.

The Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame recognizes individuals, both living and deceased, who have made significant contributions to the city of Spokane in one of six categories while providing an opportunity to raise funds for the Spokane Public Library.

The annual Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame will be held on Wednesday, May 1 at the Downtown Spokane Library to benefit the Spokane Public Library. Doors will open at 7am. Visit www.spokanelibraryfoundation.org for more information about the event and to purchase tickets.

SPR Forum: Confronting Homelessness, March 20

Join Spokane Public Radio reporter Steve Jackson as he hosts a panel of regional experts to discuss the current state of homelessness in the Inland Northwest, as well as future initiatives. The forum will be held this Wednesday March, 20 from 6:30-8:30pm at Spokane City Council Chambers, 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd.

Kate Burke, Spokane City Council
Tom Hormel, Realtor and Chair, Community Development Advisory Committee
Dr. Bob Lutz, Health Officer for Spokane County, appointed to the Washington State Board of Health
Dr. Robert J. McCann, President & Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities
Kay Murano, Executive Director for the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium
Mark Richard, President & CEO Downtown Spokane Partnership
Edie Rice-Sauer, Executive Director of Transitions, a local non-profit working to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane
Tim Sigler, Senior Manager, Community Housing and Human Services Department, City of Spokane

This forum is free to attend, for more information, visit spokanepublicradio.org.

Spokane SCORE workshops this week

Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 presents two workshops this week:

Marketing and Sales Essentials
Wednesday, March 20 from 8:30am-12:30pm
Gain insights into how to identify your prospective customers, how to attract them to your business, and how to get them to buy your products and services.

Business Growth via Social Impact
Wednesday, March 20 from 1-3pm
When implemented strategically, social impact initiatives can save your company money, create new business, and build brand loyalty. Learn how to turn company values into growth opportunities.

Workshops will be held at the SBA/SCORE Training Room at 801 W Riverside, Suite 444. To register and for additional information, visit spokane.score.org or call 509-353-2821.

The Business Thought of the Week

Thanks to Baker Construction and Development for sponsoring the business thought of the week.

"You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it."
Charles Buxton, English brewer, philanthropist, writer and member of Parliament

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