Local Business Leader Named to Coveted 2014 Women Worth Watching®

September 17, 2013

NEWS From California Health Sciences University


September 17, 2013

Local Business Leader Named to
Coveted 2014 Women Worth Watching®

Fresno, Calif. – The Profiles in Diversity Journal has just released the 2014 Women Worth Watching® issue. Among those leading women executives honored from all across the nation is Central California business leader, Susan Abundis, Senior Vice President at Bank of the West.

Ms. Abundis is being recognized in the 12th edition of Women Worth Watching® and she can now add this honor to her list of firsts, as indicated in this excerpt from the article, “In my career and volunteerism I have been a woman of firsts: the first senior vice president to manage the largest agricultural region in California for Bank of America, the first to serve as a division credit manager in agriculture for Bank of the West, and the first to chair a nine hundred-bed regional hospital system in central California with over one billion dollars in annual revenue.”

Ms. Abundis is a Fresno State alumni who currently serves on the Board for Community Medical Centers and also recently joined the founding Board of Trustees as Vice Chair for the new California Health Sciences University (CHSU). CHSU will open the first College of Pharmacy in Fresno County with hopes of starting classes in fall 2014.

According to their website, Women Worth Watching® are Celebrating the Achievements and Personalities of Leading Women Executives Nominated by their colleagues, peers, and mentors for their initiative and achievements, these are women of purpose and drive who represent diversity within their spheres of influence. These profiles focus on each executive’s unique and personal contributions, and serve as an opportunity for the international business community to get to know these women as individuals. The profiles and essays are portrayals, not just resumes, of real women executives with real stories to tell, and they represent the kind of information shared by a mentor with an aspiring novice, particularly someone breaking new ground within an organization or industry.

Profiles in Diversity Journal, now in its 14th year, is a bi-monthly magazine focusing on diversity/inclusion in business, government, non-profit, higher education and military settings. The focus of the Journal is on senior leadership, best practices, workforce diversity strategies, and recognition of employee contribution.

To learn more about the Women Worth Watching® and Profiles in Diversity Journal, visit their website: http://issuu.com/diversityjournal/docs/pdj_sepoct_2013?e=4480583/4709793

Contact: Richele Kleiser, rkleiser@chsu.edu