Meet the 2024 Influential Women in Business

Meet nine women who are making a difference in the Capital Region.

They find a way to make it all look so easy despite the myriad challenges of high-pressure careers, growing families, serving on local boards, volunteering at area nonprofits, and operating on the national stage. And somehow, many even manage to mentor others along the way.

The 2024 Influential Women in Business balance all these demands—and more—though it hasn’t been a leisurely climb for any of this year’s nine honorees. And while their personal and career paths are varied, there are a few common threads that emerge when speaking with the honorees about how they’ve reached this point in their lives.

They take risks. They persevere in the face of failure. They have strong support networks. They believe in themselves. And at the end of a long day, they know how to decompress and recharge for the next challenge that awaits.

For 27 years now, Business Report has been honoring the incredible women in our community who are making the Capital Region a better place to live, work and play. As you’ll learn in their profiles, this year’s honorees have already achieved much, but they’re not anywhere near the finish line.

Read their stories of success via the links below. We’ll also celebrate these women at a special luncheon May 21. Individual tickets are $65; a reserved table of 10 is $650. There, they’ll share their insights in a panel discussion moderated by Business Report.

The day kicks off with the second annual Women’s Leadership Symposium, enabling professional women to connect and learn. The symposium kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with networking and a continental breakfast. The program gets underway at 8:15 a.m. with 10 dynamic women sharing their insights and experiences on work/life topics.

The symposium is sold out. To reserve your spot at the luncheon, go to

  1. The Strategist | Jodi Conachen’s ‘guiding star’? What’s best for the patient.
  2. The Counselor | Resolute litigator Lana Crump also advises her colleagues on best practices.
  3. The Change Agent | Rachel DiResto guides communities through recovery and resiliency.
  4. The Mentor | Melissa Dotson pays it forward, helping others make their journey.
  5. The Financial Whiz | Meredith Hathorn is the legal mind behind some of Louisiana’s biggest public projects.
  6. The Learning Advocate | Tessa Holloway’s measure of success is better life outcomes for children.
  7. The Caregiver | Cheri Johnson ensures safe perinatal experiences for women.
  8. The Entrepreneur | Amanda Martin’s Studyville concept has transformed the tutoring experience.
  9. The Financial Tactician | A chance encounter in college leads to a meteoric rise for Alicia Vidrine.

See a list of quotes and insights from our Influential Women in Business honorees.