Mackenzie Corp’s Katie Rucker Named Greater Irvine Chamber 2020 Woman of Influence

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Katie Rucker, president of operations, Mackenzie Corporation, was formally recognized as the 2020 Woman of Influence at the seventh annual Greater Irvine ChamberWomen of Influence forum. The award recognizes some of Orange County’s most successful women in business and community service.

“Thank you, Greater Irvine Chamber, for this amazing honor and recognition,” Rucker said, as she accepted the award in front of more than 450 attendees.

As the co-owner, along with her sister, and president of a women-owned, data-based business, Rucker has contributed countless hours supporting and encouraging women to find their own voice within their industry. In addition to her professional success and leadership, she donates her time and expertise to numerous charitable organizations and nonprofits.

A board member of the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, Rucker currently co-chairs the Together capital campaign, a transformational campaign with a goal of raising $12 million to double the size of the OC Ronald McDonald House. Rucker is also involved with Alzheimer’s Association, Art4KidsInc, Assistance League of Saddleback Valley, Families Forward, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Habitat for Humanity, OneOC, One Tree PlantedProject Hope Alliance, and Team Kids.

Rucker was among nearly 40 nominees—all accomplished women with demonstrated exemplary professionalism who have held a leadership role in their community and have served as a mentor or a source of inspiration for other professional women.

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In addition to the award presentation, featured speaker Michelle Wulfestieg, executive director, Southern California Hospice Foundation, delivered a keynote discussing her health challenges which stemmed from being diagnosed with an inoperable brain lesion when she was just 11 years old. After surviving two strokes, and having to relearn how to walk and talk, Wulfestieg went on to earn a master’s degree, become the executive director of a nonprofit end-of-life care organization, and author of the award-winning book, All We Have Is Today: A Story of Discovering Purpose.

“It was an incredible honor to share my personal health journey and how it led me to the field of hospice, which is the greatest privilege I have ever known,” Wulfestieg said.

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A picture of a woman standing at a plexi-glass podium on a stage smiles the crowd of attendees at the Women of Influence Forum.

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Nicole Washington, senior advisor of community engagement, Octane, served as Master of Ceremonies for the March 6 event held at Hotel Irvine.

Pacific Western Bank returned as title sponsor for the third consecutive year.

View event photos here.

Read the event blog here.

Each year the Women of Influence program draws hundreds of attendees and features keynotes delivered by prominent professional women who share details of their journeys as they find their way through challenges and discovery to achieve success.

For more information about the Chamber’s 2020 Women of Influence event, contact Kaitlynn Irvine.  

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