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Keys to success

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Their professions, experience and backgrounds may differ. But Carolyn J. C. Thompson, Stacie Johnson-Davis, Hethr Delgadillo Griego and Shanon Jaramillo – the four major award winners of the Journal’s 2020 Women in Business section – each set the stage for others to flourish.

Carolyn J. C. Thompson

“Helping other people to fall in love with this incredible culture,” is how Thompson describes her work. In 2013, after two decades as a strategist, Thompson became the owner, founder and president of Albuquerque-based Your Key to Burgundy, which offers personalized travel planning to central France.

Thompson, winner of this year’s Excellence Award, uses her life-long fondness for France and skills from her former career in change management consulting to design authentic travel adventures for others. She strives to delight her guests with unforgettable experiences such as truffle hunting, charity wine auctions or cooking lessons from the locals.

Stacie Johnson-Davis

Johnson-Davis is driven by customer satisfaction as well. Now vice president of business development and government relations at HME Specialists, a durable medical goods supplier headquartered in Albuquerque, Johnson-Davis started her career in health care as a registered nurse. But keeping her customers happy, whether they’re patients, doctors or insurance companies, has always been her goal.

Johnson-Davis, recipient of the Journal’s Leadership Award, which honors women who inspire colleagues to achieve company and employee goals by leading by example, strives to exhibit a strong work ethic. She loves that in business development there’s a relationship between the effort you put in and successful results.

“You see a direct reward from your passion for your company, your passion for the patients, your hard work,” she said.

Passion is what motivates Delgadillo Griego’s newest business venture.

Located in Albuquerque, the serial entrepreneur launched Effortless Beauty

Hethr Delgadillo Griego

Cosmetics in February. After listening to her teenage daughter talk with friends, Delgadillo Griego saw a need for make-up that is not only kind to animals, but kind to the self-image of the women that use them. Her products are cruelty-free and come with affirming messages such as “I am phenomenal” and “I chose to radiate love, joy and gratitude today.”

“I’m telling these young girls to love yourself,” said Delgadillo Griego, recipient of the Vision Award, for women who take risks and think outside the box to find pioneering ways to improve their businesses. “Because you’re all that you have in your life.”

Helping others realize their dreams gives Jaramillo goosebumps. As founder and CEO of Cannabis NM Staffing, she provides training for medical cannabis workers. She also strives to eliminate the stigma surrounding her industry.

“People don’t get to talk about cannabis, let alone a cannabis job,” said Jaramillo, recipient of this year’s Development Award, which honors women who use their experience to guide and mentor employees.

Shanon Jaramillo

Jaramillo, who never thought she’d be involved with politics or the legislature, is now known for her work in the state as a cannabis activist. In 2019, she sat on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s working group for legalization.

“My heart is here,” Jaramillo said of her connection to New Mexico. “My feet are here.”

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