This premier event honors women who have attained the ultimate distinction in their careers and who personify the essence and vitality of our city and our country.  It has been presented to women in business, politics, entertainment and philanthropy. 



Carmen AndersonCarmen Anderson has owned and operated the Center for Skincare and Wellness for the past 18 years in historic downtown Florence, AL. 

Having studied as an esthetician with the top experts in Germany and as a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, skincare, wellness and helping people are Carmen’s passions. Through the use of ongoing medical and scientific research, she brings the best ingredients for beauty and wellness, externally and internally to her clients.

As a female business owner, she is passionate about women as leaders in business and is a firm believer in giving back. Since 2002, she has been part of Nourish the Children as a Chief Ambassador, through which over 500 million meals have been served to hungry and malnourished children around the world.   Also, for 20 years has contributed to the Force for Good Nu Skin initiative which provides health, education, economic opportunity and disaster relief to children around the world.

Carmen is active, with her family, in a variety of philanthropic ventures centered on children in Alabama and one of their favorite programs, The Police Athletic League, in their adopted city of New York. She has participated on PAL’s Women of the Year Luncheon Committee for 10 years. She also has served as a Director of the Westway Child Development Center and the Children's Museum of the Shoals in Florence, AL and is a Director of the Joel R. Anderson Family Foundation.

Carmen is married to Joel, and they have two children Joel and Kristen, a stepdaughter Ashley, and 3 grandchildren by Ashley, Kate, Grant and Stella.

Ami Kaplan jpegAmi Kaplan is Vice Chairman and Partner at Deloitte. Her primary role is to advise Deloitte’s largest and most complex global financial services clients on business, risk management and other financial and organizational challenges. And as the lead client service partner for some of Deloitte’s largest universal bank clients, Ami is responsible for developing all senior executive relationships and overseeing all of the teams and work we deliver.

Previous roles at Deloitte include serving as the National Managing Partner for Marketing and Business Development, as the Deputy Managing Partner of the Enterprise Risk Services Practice, and as founder and National Managing Partner of the Internal Audit Practice. In addition, Ami was the first Partner-in-Charge of the Women's Initiative for the Tri-State Region and remains actively engaged in Deloitte’s Diversity and Inclusion and Women’s Initiative programs. Ami first began serving the financial services industry as an Audit Partner and has been with Deloitte & Touche for over 25 years.

Ami is also a member of New York and New Jersey State Societies of CPA, AICPA, Financial Women’s Association, and The Economic Club of New York; she has served as the President of the Women’s Forum of New York and as a Board member of Junior Achievement of New York. As an accomplished public speaker, Ami has addressed numerous businesses, and professional and educational forums. She has been featured as the cover subject of Working Women Magazine, appeared on CNN, and has been honored for her leadership by several not-for-profit organizations.

Ami KaplanEllen Zimiles, Managing Director, Head of Global Investigations & Compliance for Navigant, Inc. 

Ellen has over 30 years of litigation and investigation experience, including 10 years as a federal prosecutor. Before working at Navigant, she co-founded Daylight Forensic & Advisory, an international consulting firm, funded by private equity. She ran the firm prior to Daylight being acquired by Navigant.  Prior to Daylight, Ellen was a principal at a "Big Four" accounting firm, coordinating the forensic practice across all industry segments and was practice leader for the financial services industry. A leading authority on anti-money laundering programs, corporate governance, foreign and domestic public corruption matters, regulatory and corporate compliance, and fraud control, Ellen has worked with a multitude of financial institutions preparing for regulatory exams. She has extensive experience in developing remediation programs, serving as a regulatory liaison and independent monitor, as well as advising organizations that are the subject of a monitorship.

Prior to Big Four, Ellen was an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York for over 10 years, serving in the civil and criminal divisions and as chief of the forfeiture unit for six year, responsible for high-profile money laundering, fraud and forfeiture cases. 

In recognition of her contributions as a federal prosecutor, Ellen received the United States Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Service and the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Integrity Award. 

Ellen earned a bachelor's degree at Brooklyn College and a law degree at Syracuse University College of Law, where she served as an editor of the law review.



$25,000 - MegaStar

Joel & Carmen Anderson

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