Distinguished Women 2013


Distinguished Women Class of 2013 The Distinguished Women (DW) Awards acknowledge women who embody the values that Northwood instills in its students: commitment to free-enterprise, partnership of arts and businesses, and management in a global society. 

This year marks the 44th year of recognizing the enormous contribution women make to communities, businesses, volunteer agencies, and public and private sector services world-wide. 

The DW Class of 2013 is made up of successful and influential women serving as role models, and will join the 449 DWs, to lead future generations. 


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Patricia Chambers[/symple_column]Patricia Chambers Fort Worth, Texas Ms. Chambers and her husband, Tom, built a large lime business and became leaders in the mineral industry. No stranger to the oil industry, she also manages her family oil business in Van, Texas. Ms. Chambers is a very philanthropic person offering financial support and spiritual mentoring to women in Dallas and Fort Worth.


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Kay Granger (1)[/symple_column]Kay Granger Fort Worth, Texas Ms. Granger began her political career as Mayor of Fort Worth and in 1997 was elected Congresswoman for the 12th District of Texas. Recognized as one of the leaders on national security and foreign policy, she oversees 70% of all discretionary spending, chairs the Anti-Terrorism Caucus and serves as a Major Deputy Whip.


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Harriet Miers (1)[/symple_column]Harriet Miers Dallas, Texas Ms. Miers is a lawyer and former White House Counsel with the Bush Administration. She was the first female to head the State Bar of Texas. In 1995 George W. Bush appointed Ms. Miers to chair the Texas Lottery Commission. Then in 2007, Locke Lord Bissel & Liddell announced her new role as a registered agent with the US Dept. of Justice for Pakistan People’s Party and the Embassy of Pakistan.


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Margaret Peale Everett[/symple_column]Margaret Peale Everett Sherman, Connecticut Mrs. Everett has served in many volunteer leadership positions in philanthropic and service organizations. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Guidepost since 2003, currently chairing the Governance Committee and the Foundation Board. Mrs. Everett is also President of the Peale Family Foundation, and serves on the Board of the Mizzentop Day School in Pawling, New York.


[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Linda Orlans[/symple_column]Linda Orlans Troy, Michigan A native of Michigan, Ms. Orlans has established five businesses in the state, and currently employs more than 500 individuals. She serves as Managing Partner of Orlans Associates, P.C., named one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to work for in Metro Detroit. A graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, she is on the Donor Hall of Fame and has received the George N. Bashara, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award.

[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Mary Roche (1)[/symple_column]Mary Rouche Indian Wells, California Prior to becoming Mayor, Ms. Roche served on the Indian Wells City Council and several other local commissions. She is a visionary leader with a 40-year career that spans education, business, elected offices, and philanthropy in Coachella Valley, Los Angeles, and Orange counties. She has served 11 years as Indian Wells Mayor and Councilwoman and 21 years as professor in the Los Angeles Community College District.

[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Lorraine Schultz[/symple_column]Lorraine Schultz Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Ms. Schultz is the founder and CEO of Women’s Automobile Association International (WAAI). This non-profit organization of 350+ members throughout US and Canada has established a scholarship fund for women seeking careers in the automotive industry. Ms. Schultz has received 18+ awards from 1991-2012 for her business and community service leadership and served as a board member for 11 other organizations.

[symple_column size="one-third" position="first"]Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk[/symple_column]Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk Dallas, Texas Ms. Thompson-Frenk is an artist and philanthropist. She was born in Mexico and raised in Dallas after being adopted by Debra and the late John Thompson, CEO of 7-Eleven Corporation. Ms. Thompson-Frenk co-founded and serves as President for both Memnosyne Foundation and the John Philip Thompson Foundation for Non-Chemotherapy/Radiation Brain Cancer Research.