KNOW Women Announces
2023 100 Women to KNOW Across America


Global Media Female Media Company Recognizes 100 Women to KNOW Across America

PHOENIX, AZ: – Sarah Benken, CEO and Publisher of the KNOW Book, has announced the honorees and honorable mentions of the 2023 100 Women to KNOW in America, an annual award recognizing the top 100 female leaders across North America. Honorees will be recognized at the Annual KNOW Women Summit, to be held April 23-25th at The FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. The 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award, presented by JPMorgan Chase is a recognition that showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society. Following a nomination and interview process, these women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists have not only grown their dreams, but have created boundless opportunities for the next generation of female leaders. These women exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious on the next level and continue to pour into their communities as they do so.

CINCINNATI, OH: — Kolar Design is pleased to announce that President and Founder Kelly Kolar has been selected as a 2023 100 Women to KNOW Across America by The KNOW Women.

Kelly Kolar is the Founder and President of Kolar Design, Inc., an award-winning global brand experience and data-driven design solutions firm working with 20+ professionals networking across the globe with a sister company based in Singapore called Brandspace.

As a businesswoman and community leader, Kelly is part of a wide-range of efforts based around inclusion and diversity for the empowerment of women in business. Some of these efforts include her involvement in organizations such as the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios (CATS), Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Tocqueville for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, ArtsWave Women’s Leadership Roundtable, Small Business Advisory Commission for the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Board of Directors.


Candace Nelson – Sprinkles Cupcakes, Los Angeles, California
Merrilee Kick – BuzzBallz, Carrollton, Texas
Alison Stine, Stine Wealth Management, Scottsdale, Arizona
Alyse Maslonik – RedefinED Advisors, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
Amanda Pietrocola – Momentum Technology, Nashville, Tennessee
Amri Kibbler – HeyMama, Putnam Valley, New York
Belén Albuja – Albuja Law, Denver, Colorado
Bernadette M Pello – Florida Trade Academy, Tampa, Florida
Betty Hines – Women Elevating Women, Owings Mills, Maryland
Bridgette Bello – Tampa Bay Business & Wealth, Tampa, Florida
Carolina Aponte – Caja Holdings, Charlotte, North Carolina
Cat Ford Coates – Atelier Unforgettable, Asheville, North Carolina
Celeste Ford – Stellar Solutions Inc and Stellar Ventures, Portola Valley, California
Charo Toledo – Charo Entertainment, Los Angeles, California
Cindy Eckert – The Pink Ceiling, Raleigh, North Carolina
Darleen Santore AKA Coach Dar – Performance Meets Purpose, Scottsdale, Arizona
Debbie Van Ooteghem – Doe-Anderson, Louisville, Kentucky
Deirdre Tshein – Capsho, Austin, Texas
Dena Patton – Dena Patton Coaching & Training, Phoenix, Arizona
Denise Wiggins – Visions of New Hope, Knightdale, North Carolina
Dr. Brendell Thomas Francis – Tamar Community Outreach, Long Island, New York
Dr. Jessica Chung – International Business Association for Nurses, Tampa, Florida
Dr. Mautra Staley Jones – Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Dr. MelindaJoy Mingo – Significant Life Change, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dr. Sandi Webster – Sandi Webster LLC, Brooklyn, New York
Dr. Sharon Jones – Dottie Rose Foundation, Charlotte, North Carolina

Dr. Zabina Bhasin M.D. – In KidZ, Los Angeles, California
Elin Barton – White Knight Productions, Vestal, New York
Elizabeth McFadden – Novella Brandhouse, Kansas City, Missouri
Eve Logunova-Parker – Evenness, Atlanta, Georgia
Fabi Preslar – Spark Publications, Charlotte, North Carolina
Gloria Mensah – GK Folks Foundation, Salt Lake City, Utah
Heather Polivka – Awesome People Leaders, Richfield, Minnesota
Jaclyn Jackson – National Equity Fund, Chicago, Illinois
Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson – Heartwood Healing, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jaime Taets – Keystone Group International, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Janet Cussler – Janet Cussler Car Collection, Phoenix, Arizona
Janet Jackson-Gordon – Boss Chix ATL, Jackson Events & Entertainment and Moonlight Pizza, Atlanta Georgia
Janice A. Jones – Good Earth Minerals, Denver, Colorado
Jen Rogers – Hudson West, Scottsdale, Arizona
Jenny Sepulveda – Guaranteed Rate, Chicago, Illinois
Jenny Strebe – AIIR, Scottsdale, Arizona
Jill Osur – Teneral Cellars, Somerset, California
Jill Santa Lucia – Catering Works, Raleigh, North Carolina
JJ Ramberg – Goodpods, Los Angeles, California
Julie Cole – Mabel’s Labels, Burlington, Ontario
Kabisa “Coach Kb” Ceal Starks – Ready To Live Soaps and Ready to Live Coaching, Atlanta, Georgia
Kamela Forbes – Pride Global, New York, New York
Kanika Chadda Gupta – That’s Total Mom Sense, Secaucus, New Jersey
Katya Libin – Katya Libin & Co., Armonk, New York
Kay M McDonald – Charity Charms, Phoenix, Arizona
Kelly Kolar – Kolar Design, Cincinnati, Ohio
Kimleigh Smith – Embrace Your Cape Enterprises, Los Angeles, California
Lachi – Lachi Music, New York, New York
Lauren Marturano – Zinnia, Charlotte, North Carolina
Laurette Rondenet – Edlong, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Layne Lewis – Willowview Consulting, Eagle, Idaho
Lia Valencia Key – Valencia Key, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Marla Isackson – Ossa, Tenafly, New Jersey
Mary Schreiber Swenson – MyMedChoices, Inc & My Smile Choices, Hockessin, Delaware
Melinda Browning – Civic Center Pharmacy, Mesa, Arizona
Michele M. Smith – The West Event Space, Tampa, Florida
Michelle Cirocco – Televerde Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona
Molly Stockley – City of Hope, Phoenix, Arizona
Natalie McGrady – Cargill, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Natalie Ruiz – AnswerConnect, Portland, Oregon
Neerja Patel – Neerja Public Relations, Irvington, New York
Nicole Peternel – Rein Communications, Charlotte, North Carolina

Olalah Njego – YellowWood Group, Raleigh, North Carolina
Omenesa Akomolafe – Pearls & Pauls International Foundation, New York
Rada Neal – Piano Passions, Green Valley, Arizona
Renate Moore – LadyRen’s Bakery & Books, Concord, North Carolina
Sarah Valentina Bondzie – Bonne Foundation, Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Saya Doe Sio – Annie T Doe Memorial Foundation, Charlotte, North Carolina
Shael Norris – SafeBAE, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Sharon Lechter – Pay Your Family First, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Shereese Floyd – Witness My Life, Charlotte, North Carolina
Sierrah Chavis – Bossy Girl, Suffolk, Virginia
Sindy Zemura – Southern Africa Embrace Foundation, Brampton, Ontario
Stacie Baird – HRtoHX and Community Medical Services, Queen Creek, Arizona
Tara Williamson – Pink Ink Tattoo, Louisburg, North Carolina
Theresa Backes – Backes Wellness, San Tan Valley, Arizona
Tishamarie Strasser – Bring It-Push It-Own It, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Tracey Greene-Washington – Indigo Innovation Group & CoThinkk, Concord, North Carolina
Trisha Sakhuja-Walia – Brown Girl Magazine, Long Island, New York
Victoria L. Woods – ChappelWood Financial Services, Edmond, Oklahoma


Bernice Feaster – The Scholar Mom, LLC, Charlotte, North Carolina
Chasta Hamilton – Stage Door Dance, Raleigh, North Carolina
Davita Galloway – DUPP&SWAT, Charlotte, North Carolina
Kate Merrill – B-Lynk, Inc, Tampa, Florida
Kathy Scheil Pavlik – Johnny’s Pizza, Raleigh, North Carolina
Kristie Nystedt – Atlantic Brew Supply, Raleigh, North Carolina
Laura Grier – Andeana Hats, Los Angeles, California
Lilach Mazor Power- Mazor Collective, Phoenix, Arizona
Lorraine Tallman – Amanda Hope Rainbow Angeles, Phoenix, Arizona
Lynne Kimmich – Alliance Financial Group, Sarasota, Florida
Michelle Jewsbury – Unsilenced Voices, Tampa, Florida
Nicci Levy – Alchemy 43, Los Angeles, California
Shannon Keil – The Regent, Tampa, Florida
Tiwana Brown – Beauty after the Bars, Charlotte, North Carolina

The 2023 Annual KNOW Women Summit and 100 Women to KNOW in America Award Gala will bring together dynamic women leaders and business owners from North America for two full days of workshops, panels, networking opportunities, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on honorees, with award presentations at the 100 Women to KNOW in America Award Dinner and Gala, presented by JPMorgan Chase.

The Summit is open to award honorees, KNOW Global members and their female guests, corporate supporters, and all women looking for inspiration and connections in business and career.

For more information or to register to attend the 2023 Annual KNOW Women Summit, visit

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