Vote for the #1 Most Influential Woman of ’09

03 Jan

Yep, it’s finally time. Time to place your vote and let your voice be heard. We have twenty amazing women on the list of nominees. We’re asking that you choose just one as top Most Influential Woman to follow in 2009.

View their comments and links.


The voting has come to an end!! Thank you to all that cast a vote.

ADDED NOTE: In order to prevent a ‘popularity contest’, the winners will be decided in four phases. The voting is the first phase in the decision making process. We will be viewing the comments, the nominees’ input, as well as the judges’ rankings (there are 15 judges) and using them all to make a professional decision.  Announcements of the top 10 (and their prizes) will be announced Jan 10th.


I must say, I am so honored to have this outstanding list of women on Kat Logic. 2008 brought many blessings and I see 2009 with many more. I have such an overwhelming feeling of certainty for the future of each of us that I can hardly explain the emotion. It reminds me of a scene from my favorite movie (Shawshank Redemption):

“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope. “

Each of these women should be commended for their incredible passion for life, their ability to overcome adversity, and their willingness to assist others in living their best life.

Among the twenty, ten will be chosen to carry the title of one of 2009’s Most Influential Women to follow. We’re going to keep up with them throughout the year, doing interviews and getting behind their cause/business. Other awards will be announced along with the top 10 on January 10th, right here on Kat Logic. Don’t miss it.


Posted by on January 3, 2009 in encouragement


33 responses to “Vote for the #1 Most Influential Woman of ’09

  1. Ginger Simpson

    January 3, 2009 at 5:09 am

    You probably can’t find a list of more deserving woman than you see here, and I’m sure each was nominated for very good reasons. Though not my intention to minimize the accomplishments of anyone, I feel Lea Schizas truly exemplifies the meaning of influential. I’ve never met Lea personally, but her warmth, helpful attitude and willingness to mentor and cheer her peers comes through loud and strong. Through her yahoo group, Bragging Rites, her blogs, and the yearly conference she holds, one cannot measure the vast amount of information she passes along to published authors or those just starting out. There is never a time in this business that you can truly say you know it all, and with Lea around, I continue to learn and grow.

    She wears many hats–writer, editor, moderator, to list a few, but none so impressive as the one she dons to fight against autism. Her specific website and blog devoted to awareness about this disorder serves such an important purpose, and is just another way her humanity is demonstrated. It wasn’t so long ago that one in thousands were diagnosed with ASD, but now 1 in 150 children born here suffer with some form of this spectrum disorder. It’s estimated that over one million suffer from it here in the US alone, and there is no medical detection or cure. This is the fasting growing disability in the US, so why aren’t more people concerned? Lea is trying to make a difference and I applaud her. So you see, it’s not just in the writing world that she’s a role model. Let’s recognize all the wonderful things she does by voting her our choice. Lea Schizas, truly influential by example.

  2. suleiman

    January 3, 2009 at 6:24 am

    amazing women on the list of nominees,and my amazing website of the 2009,let me know if my site won!!!!!!!

  3. Sharon McMillan

    January 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I think on this list Jessica Smith is my pick for #1 influential woman to follow in 2009. Not only do I admire her marketing knowledge and journeyy as a mom, but I like the way she shares good information, resources and tips with the community as a whole. Good going Jessica!

  4. J. Aday Kennedy

    January 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Lean Schizas is an inspiration to writers, editors, publishers, women and all who know her. She is gracious with her time and advice. It is in large part, due to the resources she has created and shares that I and many others are published.

    I want to be her when I grow up. LOL

    I’ll be watching her rising star in 2009 and many to come.

    Happy New Year,
    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer

  5. Marvin D Wilson

    January 3, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Got my vote in. He cool looking poll, Kat. Wher’d you find the widget? Very colorful.

  6. Lynn McMonigal

    January 3, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I cast my vote very early this morning. Though I wanted to vote for myself, I instead cast my vote for Joyce Anthony. Joyce is a wonderful writer and an inspirational woman. She is always there to cheer on others or just provide a kind word when needed. It’s an honor to know her.


  7. Madison Lazar

    January 4, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Of course, I will vote for my mom 😉

  8. Katrina Wampler

    January 4, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Hi Madison. glad to see you here today. Be sure to let all your mom’s friends know about the contest.

    You can send out emails to her email contacts. Voting continues until 11:59pm EST tomorrow night (Jan 4)

  9. Beverly Mahone

    January 4, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I guess this is a site where opinions are expressed freely. Good luck to the candidates—whoever you are.

  10. Mitchell Sayre

    January 4, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Melissa is a dedicated single mother and the mother of my children. She is a conscienctious citizen and unfailing advocate for the less fortunate.

  11. Eric Hamilton

    January 4, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Melissa is a very caring, intelligant, and smart single mother of three children. She wears many hats in the household and within the community. She is very active in raising money for organizations throughout our local community. She uses her skills in photography to raise money for the local womans crises center. She will do whatever she can for her family and that shows the character that posses and the love that she has for her family.

  12. Katrina Wampler

    January 4, 2009 at 4:22 am

    The question was asked, where did this list come from?

    Each of the women on this list were nominated by their peers. We’ve gone through each of the names to view their sites/BLOGs to learn more about them.

    Even I don’t know some of the ladies on this list but after this contest, I am sure I will know them better as I intend on getting to know each of them on a personal level.

    We weren’t looking for huge business owners or famous people. We were looking for everyday women with a passion and a gift for helping other live their best lives. Women with a passion for what they do…whatever they do. I would love to have seen more women make this list and I’m sure many more belong here.

    The women that are on the list are very deserving of this title and I am certain we will hear a lot more out of them in 2009.

  13. Keri Carlson

    January 4, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Melissa Lloy Lazaar is one of the most wonderful, caring, giving individuals I have had the pleasure of getting to know. As a single parent of 3 children with limited support, she succeeds in all she sets out to do and strives to go above and beyond the throws of daily existence by finding a cause to support and grace with her spirit. She works 2 full time jobs, and still finds time to be a friend, a mother, and a great pillar of our community with the volunteering of her photography efforts and the proceeds from the calendar she published this year (Calendar of Love)for the womens crisis center.

  14. Pam S. -Utah

    January 4, 2009 at 4:47 am

    I have known Melissa for a very long time. She is a very dedicated, loyal business owner whom took on a large project to produce a calendar for a charity using her own time and money to do so. She has spend many, many hours working on the project, not expecting or wanting anything in return exept that the calendar are sold so that women in special circumstances have a place that they can go for safety. The Womens Center is vital for them and raising money for this charity is a passion for her.

    I am a women who have been a victim of DV and appreciate what she has done to help those in need.

  15. Madison Lazar

    January 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I noticed that people are not able to click on my mom’s name and go to her website. Is there any way that this can be changed? I would like people to see her work.


  16. Katrina Wampler

    January 4, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    There is a link right above the poll box. This takes the readers to all the nominees’ websites. She has a very impressive one, I might add. Your mom will no doubt be very proud of your efforts. You’ve done a wonderful thing for her.

  17. Madison Lazar

    January 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    THank you very much.

  18. Lisa Johnson

    January 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I am amazed to be on this list. is very young but I already feel like it’s making such an impact. The concept is simple ~ put experts and people together in an environment that will help people solve problems and reach goals. Our experts are tops in their fields and have already shown they love to help people.

    Just being on this list has increased traffic to our site and brought more members to our page. We are just in the early stages but I can’t wait to see where we are even a month from now. More experts are coming soon and some heavy hitters in the Twitter community are solidly behind this project.

    I just had this little idea pop into my head while I was in the shower and here we all are a few weeks later. Momentum can be an extraordinary thing. Thanks for your consideration.


  19. Katrina Wampler

    January 4, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Great to have you here Lisa… you’ve come a long way.

  20. Amber

    January 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I’m glad to see so many people have voted. All the nominees sound like great women.

  21. Katrina Wampler

    January 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    they are all amazing women and have all been nominated for great reason. There really has been a great turn out.

  22. Vivian

    January 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Check my blog for notice of an honor for your blog.

  23. Gina Hendershot

    January 4, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I’ve heard of many of these women which is a testament to how great the entrepreneurial community is.

    I have especially enjoyed watching and getting to know Susan Kildahl. Susan embodies the spirit of abundance and positivity. She organizes numerous events, held at various times to allow as many people as possible the chance to participate, and she will introduce a new person around to help them get started. Her internet radio show is full of great information and guests as well as a lot of fun to watch/listen to and she takes the questions asked seriously. Susan also brings many people from different elements together for networkers to meet and learn from and this is outside of her actual coaching.

    Susan’s the best!

  24. Shane

    January 4, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Joyce anthony is a wonderfull woman l think she is truly worthy of the Most Inluential Woman award.Joyce is my mom and she is a great one she homeschools me and because of that l have learned more than in public school.Joyce is a very caring person and would help anybody(Person or animal) in need of it.She has often said “l would help a injured shark even if l knew it would eat me afterwards”.This shows how much of a caring person she is.Again l think she is truly worthy of this award

  25. Jannifer Stoddard

    January 5, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Jessica Smith is my #1 pick for Most Influential Woman of 2009. There are so many reasons why she deserves the #1 spot. Here are just a few:
    1) She has PAID IT FORWARD by sowing seed of hope in so many of the “regular people” as well as the new folks learning to use social media for their business.
    2) She teaches people to be transparent and authentic in everything they do.
    3) She’s approachable and a down-to-earth person that will even show videos of herself trying out new things such as a new treatment for sinus problems,in her own home.
    4) She’s not wrapped up in self-promotion, but instead focuses on helping others and gathering people together to help each other.
    5) She doesn’t project herself as being famous or an elitist who would only help or with with other elitists. This in itself is why she deserves the #1 spot for most Influential Women for 09. Most famous or big business owners aren’t humble and don’t care about the regular people and regular people sense this and won’t tend to listen to them – therefore they are not influential. This is a huge reason why Jessica Smith IS the most influential – she is passionate about helping the “everyday people” and is able to influence diverse people in all walks of life – famous and everyday people and everyone in between.

  26. Jannifer Stoddard

    January 5, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I’m confused as to why the date and time is wrong on my comment above – it’s says January 5th at 1:16 am, but I actually posted it today – Sunday, January 4th at 6:20pm.

  27. Katrina Wampler

    January 5, 2009 at 1:26 am

    That is odd.. I haven’t noticed that but it does seem most of the times are off. I’ll see where my settings are. I’ll be here until 11:59 pm EST taking votes and comments so yours will most assuredly be counted.

    Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  28. Debbi Dunlap

    January 5, 2009 at 2:54 am

    I cast my vote for Lea Schizas, who serves as an inspiration to me. Thanks to the encouragement and motivation gained through Lea’s wonderful Muse Conference, I finished my first novel and am busy revising and editing. A heartfelt thank you to Lea for all she does for every person who attends her conference!

  29. Hazel Walker

    January 5, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Wow, I feel like i have been living under a rock. I have never heard of any of these women, I have read all of your comments, but now I really feel unprepared to vote for any of them.

    I wish them all luck and hope to follow them throughout the year.

  30. Well Deserved

    January 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I find no information about Melissa Lazar posted, so let me tell you about this wonderful person. She is a single mother who has been given many challenges in her life and has beat them all. There is no more deserving person than Melissa to be recognized by her peers. Even though times have been tough for her she wanted to give back to others, choosing women and children in crisis to focus on. She has a keen eye for her photography this is a plus, her pictures capture not only the moment but the emotion. She has spent countless hours and her own money to put together this calander, not to mention a consuming passion to help. A women who could have asked for and needed help at times she turned this need toward others. To me this is a women who truely lives up to the title as one of the most influential women of 09. I put all my support behind her and hope others will as well.

  31. carla

    January 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Susan is a very dynamic person who has a true passion for coaching. She gives real world information and realistic solutions for your world. She has her clients best interest in-mind not just trying to get one more client under her belt.

  32. Kate

    January 6, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Is it too late to vote? Please let me know as I would love to. Thanks

  33. Juile Roads

    January 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Just a plug for Lisa Johnson – what I love about her is that she isn’t on every list…she’s a cool lady who loves social media (and all media) and thought of an amazing idea (Twitter Do It) that shockingly wasn’t being done already! She’s pouring her heart, soul and sweat into the site and it’s getting more beautiful every day!


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