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Connie Robinson | 48 Women

Connie Robinson: 48 Women: Arizona's Most Intriguing Women
48 Women
Women's Funding Network board member Connie Robinson presents 48 Women, an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.

In full color, the book captures the unique individual and collective contributions of the women that helped shape the Grand Canyon state in business, education, health care, philanthropy, technology, medicine, sports, arts, and more. Several honorees join Robinson at tonight's event. More info »
Featured honorees in attendance
DIANE HUMETEWA, a member of the Hopi Tribe, is the first female Native American U.S. Attorney and the first Native American female to lead a major government office in the state of Arizona. Previously, she served as a senior litigation counsel and assistant U.S. attorney handling violent crimes, cultural resources crimes and civil matters. She was also a national speaker and trainer on Indian civil and criminal jurisdiction and renowned for her work for raising awareness on federal victims' rights. Before that, she served as legal counsel to Sen. John McCain, chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, served on the boards of the Udall Foundation, and she volunteered to serve as an appellate court judge for the Hopi Tribe.Diane Humetewa
MARGARET MULLEN was the founding CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, a position she held from 1990-1998. Projects developed during her tenure include the downtown street beautification project, Bank One Ballpark, the artists' studios on Jackson, America West Arena, the Orpheum Theatre, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Museum of History, and more. She served six years on Phoenix's Central City Village Planning Committee and numerous other boards and commissions. Currently, Mullen is COO for Science Foundation Arizona, a non-profit public/private partnership aimed at attracting technology-based business to Arizona as well as raising the bar for education in science, technology, engineering and math for all Arizona students.Margaret Mullen
DELPHINE RODRIGUEZ has been a jail minister for women incarcerated for alcohol, drugs and other serious crimes since 1995. Describing herself as "just a little old Indian woman in her garden shoes," Rodriguez helps incarcerated women realize they have a purpose in life at a time when they are at their lowest point. Presently, Rodriguez works at the San Carlos Unified School District as a school improvement administrator and is also a licensed minister. She has worked as a seventh-grade teacher for seven years, an assistant principal/dean of students for two years at the junior high level and six years as an elementary school principal. She received her minister's license in 1995 and has pastured a church for five years.Virginia Counts
CHRISTINE KAJIKAWA WILKINSON, Senior Vice President and Secretary of ASU, is also President of the ASU Alumni Association. Dr. Wilkinson was ASU's first woman of color and the second woman to serve as a vice president. She is also a tenured professor, administrator, mentor and student and community advocate. Some of her most significant contributions were establishing the Leadership Scholarship and the Hispanic Mother/Daughter programs that flourish to this day. She has also played an integral role in setting university policy, advancing collaboration between Arizona high schools, community colleges and universities, managing critical relationships with the Arizona Board of Regents, and overseeing a global network of more than 350,000 ASU alumni.Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson
VIRGINIA COUNTS watched US Airways Flight 1549 make an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York on January 15, 2009 thousands of miles away in her home in Phoenix. After flying into a flock of geese following takeoff from La Guardia Airport, the plane lost power. As Capt. Chesley Sullenberger fought to keep the plane under control, he engaged the auxiliary power unit (APU), which serves as backup for the engines, enabling him to continue to fly the plane. As an aerospace engineer at Honeywell, Ms. Counts led the team that built the APU. It's not a very glamorous detail, but it was a moment Counts will never forget—proudly witnessing the fruits of her labor engaged to save the lives of 155 passengers. Virginia Counts
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