Pet Age’s Women of Influence Award program, which started in 2015, celebrates the individuals who set industry benchmarks for excellence. This year’s recipients are high-performance leaders who have made a notable impact on the field in which they work while also inspiring a new generation of women to make an impact on the pet care community and the pets that we all serve.
The seventh annual Women of Influence awards recognizes the accomplishments and successes of 25 women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength and leadership to bring positive change to the pet care community.
The class of 2021 will join a list of past winners that reads like a who’s who of the industry’s most prominent women, including Lucy Postins of The Honest Kitchen, Kamie Eckert of Royal Canin USA, Laura “Peach” Reid of Fish Mart and Alice Tillett of Petmate.
In addition, Pet Age has named Nina Leigh Krueger, who on January became Purina’s first female CEO, as its recipient of the 2021 Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pet Age is proud to celebrate the incredible role models who comprise this year’s Women of Influence Awards.
The recipients are:
Jessica Berger: Owner, Accelerate Retail Partners
Dana Brooks: President and CEO, Pet Food Institute
Stacy Busch-Heisserer: Owner, Busch Pet Products, Deer Creek Doggie Day Camp and Busch’s Kennel
Dr. Laura Catena: Founder and President, The ArmOR Hand Protector Animal Handling Gloves
Berenice Giannini: Founder and CEO, eTailPet
Caroline Golon: Vice President, Marketing, Nature’s Logic
Heather Govea: Chief Commercial Officer, Alphia
Dr. Trina Hazzah: Veterinary Oncologist (DVM, DACVIM [Oncology], CVCH), Cannabis Educator, Consultant, Green Nile, Inc.
Darlene Hernandez Geekie RVT: Founder and CEO, VEMA
Ann Hudson: Vice President of Marketing, Whitebridge Pet Brands
Sara Kuris-Morgan: Founder and CEO, Frenchie’s Kitchen
Julie Lawless: Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Administration, Elanco Animal Health
Danique Masingill: President, Leashes of Valor
Katie McCarron: Founder, Portland Pet Food Company
Laura Pletz: Scientific Services Manager – East US, Royal Canin
Jacqueline Prehogan: Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer, Open Farm Inc.
Traci Pryor: Chief Development Officer, Pet Partners
Lindsay Rubin: Vice President of Operations, v-dog
Dr. Michele Sayles: Executive Director of Food Safety and Quality, Diamond Pet Foods
Jennifer Skelley: Senior Director of Communications and PR, American Pet Products Association
Beth Sommers: President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Pure and Natural Pet
Beth Stultz-Hairston: President, Pet Sitters International
Denise Truelove: Global Portfolio Director, Dog Main Meal, Mars Petcare
Jolanda van der Basch: Co-founder, Only An Ocean
Jennifer Vargoz: Director, Brand Strategy & Product Development, Petmate
Their Women of Influence profiles will appear in the March issue of Pet Age.