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Chairwoman Yavapai-Apache Nation In the early days of the Internet, RussellWiniecki started a cutting-edge ISP, sold it at its peak, then pioneered an energy medicine clinic. She currently serves as the first female YavapaiApache chair in more than 40 years and was elected as the president of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Board of Directors. BEST DECISION: “Beginning my business career

for myself instead of working for someone else, which taught me hard work and made me resilient. I learned early on the value of employees, to treat them well and that bravery works surprisingly well.” SURPRISING FACT: “I was a bodybuilder before

inventing myself as a businesswoman and politician. I benched my body weight when I was three months pregnant.”


Senior vice president and general counsel Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Salazar oversees BCBSAZ’s legal and human resource divisions. As the healthcare industry faces ongoing changes, Salazar is instrumental supporting the company’s commitment to its employees and members. BEST DECISION: “The best career choices I made were to work for companies that aligned with my own values along with the quality of their leadership. When I look back at the few jobs I held that didn’t turn out the way I expected, it was due to either misalignment of core values or lack of inspiring leadership.” SURPRISING FACT: “I moved a lot when I was growing up, and I

mean a lot. My father worked for the Department of Justice and we moved every year or two.”


AB | July - August 2017

CATHERINE SCRIVANO President CASCO Financial Group

BEST DECISION: “I made a choice to have an independent practice — no partners and no product affiliations — just pursue my own values and vision and surround myself with people with great ideas and great integrity.” SURPRISING FACT: “If it were not for some good fortune and wonderful influences along the way, mine could have been more of a cautionary tale — an example of what not to do. Challenges and poor choices early in life led me to learn some lessons the hard way. I am consistently grateful for the opportunities I have been given to thrive and am inspired to mentor and give to others.”

AzBusiness magazine July/August 2017  

Don’t miss reading about this year’s class of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. This issue spotlights the people and associati...

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