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2012 Influential Women

Mary Turk-Meena, K&L Gates (access required)


“I never wanted to be one of those people who had someone else take our kids places on weekends,” Mary Turk-Meena said. Of all the career troubles many other women have faced – sexism, an unfair advancement structure, penalization for maternity leave – Turk-Meena has always faced the most basic and inherent: balancing being a mother and being a professional.

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Jenni Walker, Walker PR Group (access required)


Jenni Walker is moving at the speed of light. At least, that’s what it feels like, she said. Walker worked in the public relations industry for 16 years before she decided to open Walker PR Group, and now that she has, the time is flying by faster than ever before, she said.

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Wendy Whitehurst, Custom Marketing Solutions (access required)


The biggest moments in life are often unplanned, a lesson Wendy Whitehurst learned firsthand. Whitehurst, the chief strategist and founder of Custom Marketing Solutions, didn’t plan on starting her own company. “It was unplanned, and so many things are when you’ve evolved in your career and your life,” Whitehurst said. “Things happen that push you in a different direction.”

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