Thirty-one winners attended the Chicago event May 16.

In its first year, the McKnight’s Women of Distinction program showcased tremendous talent in the eldercare field.

The joint program of McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News resulted in more than 300 nominations.

The nurse who rose through the ranks, the entrepreneurs, the corporate stars, the 68-year-old who recently added “volunteer firefighter” to her resume. They, and others, came from coast to coast to be honored.

“It’s an honor to call myself a McKnight’s Rising Star, in addition to be part of the first class,” Berenice Galvez-Soto of HealthPro Heritage said.

“I love that McKnight’s is recognizing women in the industry,” Hall of Honor inductee Crystal Bowens, Ph.D., CB Strategies and Solutions, added.

The night’s celebration drew almost 200 guests. It included cocktails, light refreshments, trophy presentations and plenty of networking opportunities.

PointClickCare was the platinum sponsor of the program, and Simply Connect/Eldermark was the gold sponsor.

For more information about individual inductees, visit

Photos by Social Snacks.

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