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Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year

Celebrating Exceptional Businesswomen


Queens University of Charlotte is proud to host the Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year event, continuing a rich tradition spanning over thirty years of honoring and developing female talent in our community. The award recognizes a leading female executive who has made significant, sustained contributions to the business community. 

Established in 1986, this award honors the achievements of exceptional businesswomen based on their contributions to the business, civic and cultural communities in the Charlotte region. Past recipients include Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County manager, Peggy Brookhouse, founder and president Brookhouse, Carol Lovin, executive vice president and systems chief of staff for Atrium Heath; Theresa Drew, managing partner, Carolinas Practice for Deloitte & Touche LLP; and Andrea Smith, chief administrative officer for Bank of America. 

Recognized for its longstanding history and prestige, the Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year kicks off the spring award season. With ample professional development and networking opportunities, this event reaches 275 of the area's business and thought leaders.

Accepting nominations for the 2021 Charlotte BusinessWomen of the Year from September 7th through October 8th, 2021.  The 2021 winner and luncheon information will be announced in December.

To nominate an exceptional Charlotte businesswoman, click here and submit the form by end of day October 8th, 2021.

Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year Awards Luncheon

2021 Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year registration will open in December 2021.

For more information, please contact Cristin Corder Lee at or 704-337-2489.

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Previous Award Recipients

2020 Dena Diorio 2009 Cathy Bessant 1997 Carol Pontis
2019 Peggy Brookhouse 2008 Jennifer Appleby 1996 Phyllis Schultz
2018 Carol Lovin 2007 Lauri Eberhart 1995 Ruth Shaw
2017 Theresa Drew 2006 Dee Dixon 1994 Katie Tyler
2016 Andrea B. Smith 2005 Christie Taylor 1993 Linda McFarland Farthing
2015 Debra Plousha Moore 2004 Peyton Howell 1992 Jill Flynn
2014 Susan DeVore   2003 Dana Rader 1991 Muriel Helms
2013 Lynn Good 2002 Krista Tillman 1990 Patricia Rodgers
2012 Laura A. Schulte 2001 Vicki Wilson-McElreath 1989 Betty Trautwein & Elaine Lyerly
2011 Ann Caulkins 2000 Mary Tribble 1988 Dale Halton
2010 Carol Hevey 1999 Jeannie Falknor 1987 Bonnie Widenhouse
  1998 Gail Brinn Wilkins 1986 Joan Zimmerman

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