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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Eller College recognizes 15 outstanding Tucson women

Students host tea at the Arizona Inn in honor of 'Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things'

TUCSON, Ariz. – December 5, 2007 – Nearly 65 million women are in the U.S. labor force, and 74% of them work full time. In addition to full-time work, many women still choose to have families and continue to give time to their communities.  With so many women appearing to have it all, female undergraduates and MBAs at the Eller College of Management are asking themselves, “How does she do it?”

Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things.To answer that question, Eller College students from the National Association of Women MBAs and the Undergraduate Professional Women in Business hosted a networking tea on November 30 at the Arizona Inn. The tea was held to celebrate the accomplishments of 15 Tucson women, and offered the opportunity for students to connect with women who are making a difference in Tucson and learn about their recipes for success.

“It was truly an inspiration for me to hear the success stories of these women,” commented sophomore finance and French major Alexia Hoff. “They each spoke about life balance and advised us to find a career that we love.  All of them love their jobs; I could see a major correlation between loving what you do and being successful.” 

“‘Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things’ recognizes hard-working women as the unsung heroes of our community,” said Pam Perry, associate dean of undergraduate programs. Perry hosted a table to honor Carol Sottosanti, who founded the noncompetitive children’s performing group Kids Unlimited.

The women honored at the tea represented a cross-section of professional endeavors, including a director of parks and recreation, a business news editor, several entrepreneurs and corporate executives, as well as educational leaders. 

The women recognized and the categories for which they were nominated include:



Title,  Company


Maeveen Behan

Attorney, teacher, and deputy director, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department


Debbie Claggett

Owner, and TriSports Racing


Gail Giclas

First vice president of wealth management, Smith Barney

Non profit

Ellen Hargis

President and CEO,  Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona


Elizabeth Howard

Senior program coordinator, Department of Marketing,
Eller College of Management


Katharine Kent

President, The Solar Store


Julie Klewer

Partner, Ludwig, Klewer & Co. PLLC

University Leadership

Sylvia Mioduski

Director,  University College, The University of Arizona

Business Communication

Barbara Peck

Partner and director of public relations, LP&G Marketing Advertising and Public Relations


Noell Rodriguez

Vice president, Mission Management & Trust Company


Carol Sottosanti

Owner, Kids Unlimited


Nancy Smith

Owner, On Q Marketing Services

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)     

Cristie Street

Managing partner, Nextrio LLC


Jean Tkachyk

Senior vice president and chief financial officer, University Physicians


Teresa Truelsen

Founder and editor, Tucson Business Edge news magazine and 40 under 40 awards program, and business editor of the Tucson Citizen

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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