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North Bay Business Journal Names 17 Women in Business Honorees; Zappos HR Director to be June 25 Gala Keynote

The Business Journal today announced the selection of its 2014 Women in Business honorees from a diverse group of industries and organizations including agriculture, wine, professional services, technology, specialty foods, restaurants, small business, health care and fitness and nonprofits.

The seventeen North Bay women business leaders who were selected will be recognized at the North Bay Business Journal’s 14th annual “Women in Business” awards gala June 25, joining a select group of more than 115 female executives and entrepreneurs to receive the designation.

The awards, event and special publication on the recipients are co-presented by the Business Journal and Wells Fargo.

The keynote speaker at the event will be Hollie Delaney, director of human resources for, a company widely known for its high levels of customer service and extraordinary corporate culture. The company’s journey from San Francisco online shoe and apparel startup to its sale in 2009 to Amazon for $1.2 billion is captured in the best-selling book by its founder and CEO Tony HsiehDelivering Happiness, a Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose.

Ms. Delaney has spent seven years with the Zappos Family and many more in the world of human resources. She been helping to lead the charge of changing the traditional company structure to one based on trust and distributed authority and has been pivotal in working to deliver happiness and provide the best place for employees to work, according to the company.

“We are very proud to honor this year’s incredible group of 17 women business leaders,” said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. “And I want to thank our partners at Wells Fargo for supporting these awards and for helping us secure Hollie Delaney as our speaker on June 25. We hope the broader business community will join us for the event to hear the Zappos story and its ground-breaking approach to human resources management and culture.”

Selected by the Journal editorial staff and selected as women business leaders, innovators and visionaries in 2014 are:

  • Jennifer Anderson, general manager, Parkpoint Health Clubs
  • Michelle Ausburn, senior manager, Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. (BPM)
  • Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, co-founders, Cow Girl Creamery
  • Rhonda Deringer, owner, Odyssey Development Co., agent, Keegan & Coppin
  • Shireen Donaldson, human resources vice president, Agilent Technologies
  • Ann Hancock, executive director and co-founder, Climate Protection Campaign
  • Amanda Howell, vice president and division director, Robert Half
  • Marla Jeffery, president, Gusmer Enterprises, Inc.
  • Karissa Kruse, president, Sonoma County Winegrowers
  • Rebecca La Londe, MBA, BSN, area quality leader, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center
  • Andrea Learned, CFRE, vice president of development, St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County
  • Lisa Micheli, executive director, Pepperwood
  • Cecelia Miller-Brown, owner, Kresky Signs Inc. 
  • Stacey Payne, director of marketing, La Tortilla Factory
  • Cara Peck, executive vice president and head of talent planning and development, Wells Fargo
  • Terri Stark, restaurateur, Stark Reality Restaurants, LLC

Registration for the June 25 event, at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa, is available at The deadline to register is Friday, June 20. Tickets are $85 per person, and $850 for a table of eight. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and awards from 6–8:30 p.m.

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