Women of Achievement

She Started as a Bartender. Now She’s a Fixture in Durham’s Food Scene.

By Renee Ambroso | April 20, 2022

Michelle Vanderwalker, the co-owner of Queeny’s, Kingfisher and the soon-to-open QueenBurger, brings artistic expertise to her entrepreneurial operations

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Cohen & Zimmerman

Two Women Build Jewish Community Through Agriculture in Durham

By Renee Ambroso | April 13, 2022

Celebrating Jewish community around food and farming is a central focus at Meredith Cohen and Molly Zimmerman’s One Soil Farm

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Susan Amey

‘Focus Beyond the Numbers’: The Woman Behind Durham Tourism’s Surprising Bounce Back

By Morgan Weston | June 21, 2021

Susan Amey and her team at Discover Durham achieved their greatest goal: the success and survival of the small businesses that make Durham special.

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Phyllis Coley

Spectacular Magazine Publisher Phyllis Coley is Dedicated to ‘Stories That Make a Difference’

By Durham Magazine Intern | June 11, 2021

Phyllis Coley worked in the entertainment industry in New York City for years before moving back to Durham in 1991 and starting a magazine in 2004.

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Angelica Stroud Greene standing in front of a fire truck

Meet Durham’s First Female African-American Battalion Chief

By Hannah Lee | June 2, 2021

Angelica Stroud Greene was promoted to battalion chief in August 2020 after more than 23 years with the Durham Fire Department.

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Anna Jones

First-Time Filmmaker Dives Deep Into Her Father’s Civil Rights Activism

By Marie Muir | May 28, 2021

Anna Ruth Jones released “Chairman Jones – An Improbable Leader” in 2015 after seven years of research, interviews, fundraising and editing.

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Jennings Brody

Jennings Brody’s Shops Bring Out the Fun-Loving Child in Every Customer

By Hannah Lee | May 26, 2021

Jennings Brody taught herself everything she knows about retail, starting with the opening of Parker & Otis – the first of her four stores – in 2007.

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Heather Pownall

Heather Pownall Helps Women Find Their Confidence

By Marie Muir | May 24, 2021

Heather Pownall creates a safe space for women to learn from challenging life or workplace scenarios through her company, The Confidence Labs.

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Priya Kishnani

Dr. Priya Kishnani Works to Improve the Lives of Children with Genetic Diseases

By Morgan Weston | May 19, 2021

Dr. Priya Kishnani has spent her career as a pediatric medical genetics specialist helping her patients get through their some of their most difficult years

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Rachael Classi

Rachael Classi: Saving the Planet, One Toy at a Time

By Durham Magazine Intern | May 13, 2021

Rachael Classi founded Tiny Earth Toys, a circular toy subscription business, during the pandemic to reduce her family’s consumption of playthings

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