National Diversity Council Announces the 2016 Most Powerful Business Women in Texas

Sep 15, 2016 2:30 PM ET

HOUSTON, September 15, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The National Diversity Council, along with Texas Diversity Magazine, is proud to announce the 2016 Most Powerful Businesswomen award winners. This year, when a woman has risen to the very top of a major political party for the first time in this nation’s history, there is no time better than now to recognize the unbelievable achievements women have made in the business sphere. These women have raised bars, broken barriers and inspired their peers – both female and male – to face all challenges head on and conquer their goals.   

“The 2016 Most Powerful Businesswomen award gives well-deserved recognition to the women who have exhibited a proven record of success in their field,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chairman of the National Diversity Council. “Our organization takes great pride in honoring this distinguished group of accomplished women who are helping lead their businesses to greater heights.”

Selection for this distinction was based on each individual’s contributions to business growth and strategic direction, proven record of accomplishments in their area of expertise, and their ability to serve as an effective role model who inspires other women and is active in mentoring the next generation of female professionals. Each awardee stands atop their field in several industries such as health care, law, technology, retail and oil & gas. The wide range of industries represented in this group of distinguished businesswomen speaks to the long strived for ascendancy of women in the workplace.

To find more information on the honorees along with their thoughts on the essence of leadership, please visit our website at

2016 Texas Most Powerful Businesswomen

Amanda McMillian

Senior VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer

Anadarko Petroleum

Ann Ackerson

CPO & VP, Supply Chain Management   

Dresser Rand


Ann Janssen   

VP, Accounting

EOG Resources


Ann Yett        

Chief Financial Officer

Keller Williams


Barbara K Allen        


D.R. Horton


Beth Manuet  

Executive VP



Betty Manetta

President & CEO

Argent Associates


Carol Clements          

Chief Information Officer

Pizza Hut US

Andrejka Bernatova  

VP, Finance & Investor Relations

PennTex Midstream Partners

Catherine Schnurr 

General Counsel



Cindy McCann           

Global VP, Investor Relations

Whole Foods


Eileen Akerson

Executive VP & General Counsel, Corporate Secretary



Ellen Barker  

Chief Information officer

Texas Instruments


Janet Bray     

Chief Human Resources Officer

Teacher Retirement Systems of Texas


Janet Langford Carrig

Senior VP, Law, General Counsel



Cara Vives     

VP, Sales

Labatt Food Service


Joy Rothschild

Chief Human Resources Officer

Omni Hotel & Resorts


Julie Dill         

Chief Communications Officer

Spectra Energy


Karen H. Quintos  

Executive VP, Chief Customer Officer


Mary Beth West         

Executive VP, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer

J.C. Penney


Kathleen J. Wu          

Partner, Business Operations

Andrews Kurth


Kelly Dilts      

Chief Financial Officer & Executive VP


Kendra Scott  


Kendra Scott Design


Kim Cummins

AVP, Human Resources & Diversity

BNSF Railway


Kimberly Allen Dang 

Chief Financial Officer

Kinder Morgan


Kimberly Ross

Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer

Baker Hughes


Laura Bishop    

Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer



Laura A. Coffey         

Executive VP

Pier 1 Imports


Laura Nichol  

Senior VP, Business Support

Crown Castle


Leah King      

Senior VP, Development

United Way


Lisa Bottle

VP, Corporate Affairs



Lisa Keglovitz

VP, Talent Acquisition & Diversity



Lori Johnston

Executive VP & CAO



Lori Lee            

Senior Executive VP & Global Marketing Officer



Stephanie Seagall       

VP, Events, Sales, & Operations

Houston Astros

Marie Myers  

VP, Finance



Maryann Mannen   

Chief Financial Officer

FMC Technologies


Melkeya McDuffie     

VP, Talent Acquisition

Waste Management


Myrtle L. Jones             

Senior VP, Tax



Nikki Sumpter

Senior VP, Human Resources

JPS Health Group


Nina Vaca      

Chairman & CEO

Pinnacle Group


Purvi Pavel Albers     


Haynes and Boone LLP


Raina Avalon     

VP, Logistics



Rina Patel      

Regional President

Wells Fargo


Sandra McGlothlin   


Empire Roofing


Sheila Hailey  

Vice President

Burns Wilcox


Sue Burnett    

President & Founder

Burnett Staffing


Susan M. Cunningham           

Executive VP ESHR & New Frontiers

Noble Energy


Tammy Romo

VP, Financial Planning

Southwest Airlines

Vandi Theriot   

VP, Talent Services



Media Contact:
Kelvin Arala
National Diversity Council