Every year, Austin Business Journal puts together a list of some of the most badass Austin women currently serving in business leadership positions across the city. Once a bunch of well-deserving female entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals score nominations, ABJ rolls up their sleeves and chooses to specifically recognize 30 local powerhouses at their fancy annual “Profiles in Power” award ceremony luncheon.

The 2016 luncheon, which took place at the JW Mariott Austin hotel on September 29, marked the 22nd year of ABJ’s “Profiles in Power” program — and we’ve got this year’s list of six leading ladies right here:

  1. Adriana Cruz — Greater San Marcos Partnership, president
  2. Nikki Graham — Bank of America, Austin market president
  3. Roberta Lang — Whole Foods Market, Inc., global vice president and general counsel
  4. Mini Kahlon — Dell Medical School, vice dean of strategy and partnerships
  5. Sandy Guzman — Office of the Honorable Kirk Watson, legislative director
  6. Ashley Alaniz-Moyer — Hispanic Scholarship Consortium, executive director

Alaniz-Moyer in particular was nominated as a Rising Star, that is, a businesswoman under the age of 30 who’s been making serious professional moves in Austin. In the complete list of 2016 finalists, which you can access through Austin Business Journal‘s website, you’ll find several other Rising Star nominees, including Stephanie Hansen, CEO of a jewelry company we love called Bravelets.

“Austin is home to many impressive female professionals who are not only excellent at their jobs but also take the time to give back,” ABJ wrote in a recent article recapping their 2016 luncheon. “More than 100 of them were nominees in Austin Business Journal‘s 22nd annual Profiles in Power program, which seeks to highlight the expertise and insight these women provide to their organizations as well as the city at large.

ABJ released a pretty epic list of Austin women in 2015 as well, so be sure to read all about them too. And to all the nominees, finalists, and winners — keep taking Austin’s business scene by storm, soul sisters. We salute you!


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