2010 Women of Impact

"I’m a firm believer in the idea that the more you do, the more you learn you can do,” says Chantel Crews.

It takes courage to overcome adversity. It takes a great heart to use that experience to help others. Sandra Braham possesses both.

As the president of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra Association, Debbie Hand believes that everyone should have an opportunity to find their place in the world of music, whether it’s on stage or in the audience.

“I’ve just been very lucky to be in the right place at the right time.” But as the saying goes, luck is the product of preparation and opportunity.

Entrepreneur Lorraine Wardy is an inspiration to all working women.

Sue Woo rarely has time to watch television. But on the night of Nov. 7, 2007, Woo was glued to the TV set as local election results were announced.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who selects the Women of Impact winners?

The El Paso Inc. editorial board conducts the first round of scoring to determine the finalists. A panel of past Women of Impact honorees evaluate the finalists independently and determine the winners.

2. How are candidates evaluated? The selection committees scores all applications in these four areas:

  • Local impact: The effect the nominee’s efforts have had on the local community
  • Level of involvement: The time spent.
  • Breadth of reach: Scope of activities or projects (how wide reaching the person is).
  • Professional achievements: Up to and including family; a homemaker is a profession.

4. When will the Women of Impact winners be announced?

They were announced on Aug. 18 and will be featured in a special section of El Paso Inc. Magazine fall issue.

5. When is the awards ceremony?

Awards breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8 with the reception at 7:30 a.m. and program at 8:30 a.m.

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