Julie Rustad earned Women of Influence RIsing Star 2nd Place Award
Women of Influence Awards 2015. Pictured left to right: Susan Seeley Roe, Rebecca Arnett, Jennifer Dando, Julie Rustad, Erin Gillis, Audra Lopez and Jennifer Vasko. Photo by JD Fitzgerald for Inside Tucson Business.

I was honored to be nominated for the Women of Influence Rising Star award by Inside Tucson Business sponsored by Quarles & Brady. On March 5th 2015 we went to the awards at Loews Ventana Canyon.

There were so many inspiring women of all ages and from many different industries. I loved hearing Nina Roosevelt Gibson talk about her grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt. The night before I was able to meet the other Women of Influence winners including interior design star, Lori Carroll. It was a special opportunity to ask these women questions and learn from their experiences.

During a tasty dinner the awards started. My heart started thumping cause they ended up starting with Rising Star category! There were 5 of us including my friend, Evan Sullivan!

Women of Influence Awards 2015 Julie Rustad
Kimberly Leach Johnson of Quarles & Brady handing a 2nd place Rising Star Award to Julie Rustad. Photo by JD Fitzgerald.

It was a whirlwind and I am super thankful to have received a 2nd place award. It felt extra special to share this experience with so many friends. My son Syver thinks my award is really cool and so do I!

We celebrated the next morning by going on a beautiful hike on the Finger Rock Trail. The weather was awesome and I loved being adventurous with my bestie Jen and my Dad! (I am still sore).

Julie Rustad hike
Celebrating the award with a hike towards Finger Rock!

I am thankful and hope to stay in touch with the inspiring women who were honored during the Women of Influence Awards!

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