By Caroline O’Connor, Katie Zakrzewski and Dustin Jayroe

AY About You is proud to present the list of 2020 Intriguing Women, which features some of Arkansas’ brightest minds, boldest visionaries and most passionate leaders from all four corners of the Natural State. 


Every year, our Intriguing Women section serves as a celebration of all things women. As a woman-led organization, we understand and appreciate first-hand the value of women in and out of the workplace. This list is a compilation of what intriguing women exhibit: brains, brawn, tenacity and tenderness. From physicians to philanthropists and bankers to wildlife experts, this diverse landscape of glass-ceiling-shattering ladies is proof that women can do anything they set their minds to. 


Here is your 2020 Class of Intriguing Women. 

Some Q&As have been edited for length and clarity. 

Tracie J. Kelley 

Amy Langston 

Diana Strong 

Carol Angel, M.D.

LaTonya Laird Austin Honorable

Amanda Bledsoe, D.C.

Claire Brown

Bridey Beth Brumley

Carla Carson

Kim Clatworthy

Carolyn Cobb

Tamika S. Edwards, J.D.

Rebekah S. Fincher  

Maureen Flowers, M.D.  

Melissa John 

Carol Johnson

Sissy Jones 

Vickey Kirkemier  

Nashwa Bazzy Krisht 

Laura Labay  

Doris Lawrence

Bailey Moses

Shannon Newton 

Sarah Beth Owen 

April Pollard

Julia Ponder, D.N.P.

Dawn Prasifka  

Lauren Ramsey

Taren Robinson 

Tanya Smith 

Veronica Smith-Creer  

Donna Townsell

Diane Upchurch

Katrina Vaughn

Tonya Villines  

Abeer Washington, M.D.

Susanna Watt 

Adena J. White

Kim Williams  

Erin Williams

Rachana Yendala, M.D. 

Photos by JAMISON MOSLEY // Makeup and Hair by KAKKI JONES