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Local Women Recognized at Annual Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Women Luncheon

by BIZ Magazine

By Stacey Tinsley | Bossier Press-Tribune

Shreveport, LA – The 8th annual Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Women and Young Women awards unfolded on Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport.

Among the honorees, Aashni Shah, a student at Caddo Magnet High School, clinched the coveted 2024 Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Young Woman Award. Meanwhile, Katrina D. Worsham, Chief Executive Officer of Katrina D. Worsham Insurance Agency, earned the distinction of the 2024 Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Woman Award.

The awards ceremony pays tribute to the legacy of Virginia K. Shehee, a revered civic leader, businesswoman, and philanthropist who dedicated decades of service to Northwest Louisiana before her passing in 2015.

Noteworthy women who often operate behind the scenes and contribute significantly to the community were the focal point of the event.

“This award is incredibly important to the community,” remarked Laurie Boswell, CEO of Holy Angels Residential Facility in Shreveport, highlighting the role of the award in promoting education, hope, and empowerment.

Proceeds from the event are channeled to Holy Angels, a non-profit organization committed to offering support, love, empowerment, and opportunities to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

In total, twelve women were honored, comprising six high school girls and six distinguished figures from the business, civic, and philanthropic sectors.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the honorees for the 2024 Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Woman and Young Woman Awards:

Most Influential Women Honorees:

  • Pam Atchison, Executive Director of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC)
  • Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison at Bossier Schools
  • Dottie Howard Bell, Caddo Parish School Board District 12 Board Member
  • Robin Giecek Merkle, Retired Caddo Parish Schools Elementary Educator
  • Jacqueline A. Scott, Attorney at Law for Jacqueline Scott & Associates, APLC
  • Katrina D. Worsham, Chief Executive Officer of Katrina D. Worsham Insurance Agency

Most Influential Young Women Honorees:

  • Elsie Jane Adams, C.E. Byrd High School
  • Hannah Mae Addison, Haughton High School
  • Shanayia Baker, Bossier High School
  • Ceriah Nicole Cummings, Captain Shreve High School
  • Chloe Liles, C.E. Byrd High School
  • Aashni Shah, Caddo Magnet High School

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