How does one get on the cover of Business Life magazine? Become a local Woman of Achievement. You do that by being a hardworking, selfless and passionate leader in Glendale, Burbank and the surrounding communities. A total of 39 women were introduced during a 20th anniversary celebration with a gala banquet on Sept. 22 at the Hilton Glendale.
In addition to the 19 Women Achievers honored for 2010, another 20, called Women Extraordinaire, were chosen from more than 325 women honored during the years 1990 to 2010.
This year's 19 Women Achievers are, representing Glendale, Paula Devine, Louisa Gourjian, Judee Kendall, Dawn Lindsay, Kim Milstein, Liz Mirzaian and Rima Abedi-Sagherian. Burbank recipients are Debbie Kukta, Brenda Lantieri and Anja Reinke. More of this year's honored women are Aleen Boladian-Kaypekian, Alice Griselle, Julie Gutierrez, Gail Lara, Sandra Mejia, Stacie Olivares Howard, Anita Quinonez Gabrielian, Martha Rood and Juanita West-Tillman.
Master of ceremonies Greg Krikorian juggled several hats. Krikorian is president of the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education and Business Life Executive vice president. The evening's delightful surprise was his awarding of the "Unsung Hero Award" to his mother, breast cancer survivor Elsie Krikorian.