Fearless. Strong. Determined. Intelligent.

Those are just a few ways to describe the honorees of the sixth annual Women Who Shape the State, presented by This is Alabama.

The 2020 honorees represent a broad spectrum – CEOs, artists, scientists, volunteers and more – but they have one thing in common: a fierce desire to give back to their communities.

They’re proving that now, more than ever, Alabama women are stepping up to make a difference.

When we put out a call for nominations, you answered in a big way. After careful consideration, the selection committee chose 25 of the best and brightest from your suggestions. The 2020 class includes the following women, who have kindly shared their advice, accomplishments, mentors, and more in their own words:

Allison L. Dearing

Executive Director, One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center, Birmingham

“I’m incredibly proud to be a part of a team that created One Place Family Justice Center in Birmingham. Our unique collaboration is a public-private partnership established to serve victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The participating agencies represent systems that have traditionally operated in separate spheres, but through One Place they are building relationships across disciplines and learning to trust each other – all in a collective effort to help survivors find hope and healing.”

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