2013 Women of Impact

There’s a personal reason Susan Guerra became a puppeteer in 1982...

Rosa Guerrero just smiles when a fifth grader asks why she isn’t dead. That kind of confusion can arise when a school is named after you, and you’re still alive.

The CEO/owner of Facilities Connection, Inc. isn’t kidding: she’s thankful she’s an American. Despite the business honors and awards she’s received over the years, Patty Holland-Branch hasn’t for- gotten the early struggles.

If you want to balance someone’s civic accomplishments with the fond memories others have of them, then you might start with 2013 Women of Impact Linda Daw Hudson. 

Stephanie Karr admits her Mom Genes kicked in when she was fostering babies. But the El Paso Center Against Family Violence’s executive director considers it just one cog in a life of social service activities.

Dennece Knight, executive director of the University Medical Center Foundation, credits “her hero” for instilling persistence in Knight’s DNA.


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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