Women are a major force in the local business community, and their influence is expanding to new sectors of our increasingly diversified economy. Women now comprise 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force, and economists project that females will account for 51 percent of the increase in the total labor force between 2008 and 2018.

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of women in the workforce by supporting programs such as the annual Top 25 Women in Business and Women’s Alliance of McKinney. McKinney Magazine asked our readers to identify women they believe make outstanding contributions to the community, through their professional life as well as their civic commitments.

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All nominees were reviewed by an impartial, independent selection committee of respected business professionals.

The committee had the challenging task of compiling the list of the Top 25 Women in Business for 2015.

We would like to thank the selection committee, women who are successful in their careers and invested in the advancement of our community:

Jennifer Dexter

Lynne Sipiora

Jennifer Potter

Debi Morelli-Matzke

Kendra Smith

Sharon Sessoms

They recognize how important it is to celebrate individuals who go above and beyond.

McKinney Magazine’s 2015 Top 25 Women in Business:

Name Business
Sara Egelston Akers McKinney Youth Theatre
Crystal Bryant Gather in Downtown McKinney
Melinda Crenwelge Academics Plus
Stephanie Crise Smiles Hollywood Style
Sandra Doak Orisons Art & Framing
Sarah Duff The Duff Law Firm
Barbra Dutton Branded Floors
Elizabeth Fagan Baylor Medical Center at McKinney
Christine Hockin-Boyd Community Lifeline Center
Valarie Kerby Len Buysee Realty
Linda Knapik tomK photography
Crystal McDonald Carpet Tech
Mari McGowan Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett
Rachel McNeese Richardson Communications
Teri Mills-Manuel Center for Biblical Counseling
Keresa Richardson Lawton Group
Dana Riley Volunteer McKinney
Alayne Sewick Medical Center of McKinney
Andrea Shackelford harvest
Bonnie Shaw Orisons Boutique
Cayti Stein McKinney Economic Development Corporation
Sheila Steinmark Marketing Operations Group
Ruth Thompson Hugs Café
Emily Ward Petals Couture Floral & Event Design
Luann Van Winckel Patina Green Home and Market