Sixteen of the North Bay's leading women will be honored at North Bay Business Journal's 13th annual "Women in Business" awards gala July 10, joining a select group of more than 100 female executives and entrepreneurs to receive the prestigious designation.

"These are incredibly accomplished women," said Business Journal Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher Brad Bollinger. "It is our privilege to honor them and take one night to celebrate their route to success."

The Journal had an unusual outpouring of nominations this year. "Nearly 40 women were nominated and any one of them could have been selected," Mr. Bollinger said. "I particularly want to thank those who took the time to submit a nomination. Many of you were previous recipients and your continued involvement means a great deal to us and, I am sure, to this year's honorees."

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The keynote speaker at the event will be Jamie Moldafsky, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Wells Fargo Bank. A holder of an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Moldafsky is responsible for guiding the Wells Fargo brand's presence and evolution across multiple media platforms. Over a 20-year career, she has held other executive roles at companies including Whirlpool Corp., Charles Schwab and American Express.

Selected by the Journal editorial staff and honored for their leadership in 2013 are:Melissa Bradley, owner of Bradley Real EstateDebbie Fakalata, executive vice president and chief operating officer of First Community BankRebecca Faust, founder and owner of Rack & Riddle Custom Wine ServicesKatherine Henderson, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dominican University of CaliforniaTerin Ignozzi, proprietor and winemaker at Bryter EstatesWilla Jefferson-Stokes, associate medical group administrator at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Rafael, Petaluma, NovatoStacey Lawson, chief executive officer of Ygrene Energy FundCarol Levalley, owner of Rustic BakeryAngela McReynolds, chief executive officer of Development Plus, Inc.Jane Read, vice president of operations at Petaluma Valley HospitalPam Rubio, vice president at Wells Fargo Private Bank, St. HelenaMarie Scherf, senior manager and BPM Construction Industry Group leader in the North Bay for BPM, Accountants and ConsultantsMelissa Stackhouse, vice president of winemaking at J Vineyards & Winery, LLCMary Stompe, executive director of PEP HousingRuth Waltenspiel, owner of Timber Crest FarmsWendy Whitson, attorney and managing director at Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray

Registration for the July 10 event, at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park, is available at, or by calling Linda Perkins at 707-521-5264. The deadline to register is July 5. Tickets are $79 per person, and $795 for a table of eight. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and awards from 6 to 8 p.m.