Event: Meet the 48 Most Intriguing Women in Arizona

Meet some of the most accomplished women in Arizona at 48 Women‘s luncheon to honor a new decade of “Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women” on Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m. at the Arizona Biltmore resort.

Named in reference to Arizona being the 48th state, the 48 honorees include women such as:

  • Dr. Sian Proctor, the first African-American woman to pilot a spacecraft as part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX mission that orbited the earth.
  • Amy Bockerstette, a collegiate golfer who is the first person with Down syndrome to attend college on an athletic scholarship, and the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a national collegiate championship.
  • Krystal Burge, a City of Kingman entrepreneur who, together with her brother, grew a single Taco Bell into a fast-food empire of over 300 stores. 
  • Dr. Cara Christ who led Arizona’s Covid-19 pandemic response.
  • Dr. Michele Halyard, Dean of the Arizona Campus of the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.
  • Ruth McGregor, Retired Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, only the second woman to hold that position, and many others. 

“Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women” is an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project designated by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission that every ten years honors women from across the state whose diverse backgrounds, leadership and commitment have contributed in a positive way to the future of Arizona. Through engagement with women’s organizations, public outreach and community partnerships, the project has taken shape over the past two years to tell the stories of amazing and committed Arizona women who are making history.

“Being able to meet and get to know the honorees has been a truly amazing experience. This remarkable gathering will be a memorable event acknowledging the women for the many contributions and accomplishments they have achieved not only within their communities, but throughout the state of Arizona.” 

—48 Women Chairperson Connie Robinson

Past honorees have included: Ambassador Cindy McCain, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and Diane Humetewa, the first female Native American U.S. Attorney. 

Tickets to the luncheon are $200 per person, with table sponsorships ranging from $2,000-$50,000. Tickets can be purchased through the 48 Women website or by calling 602-896-9000. Deadline for purchase is April 28 at 5 p.m. A coffee table book titled, “A New Decade, Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women,” telling the women’s stories in words and photos, will also be available for purchase at the luncheon for $75.

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