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Amy Patton (left), Sandy Tutwiler (middle), Roxanne Rapske

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Extoling Frisco's Ladies

Together, They Tackle Life And Achieve Important Goals

Amanda Finney

"Whether you're a business owner, customer, resident or student, our community's people are welcoming," proclaims Amanda Finney, owner of Neighborhood Solar. "You have a friend in the community everywhere you go."

She says the advice that she'd give to future female leaders is that perseverance is key. "Always have faith and bet on yourself. You will succeed."

While she admits her husband and two sons are her "whole world," she says she enjoys learning from other people within the Frisco community. "I'm a firm believer that other people who have 'been there, done that' can be the best teachers. Finding those I admire, being myself and asking questions is my go-to for finding mentorship."

Amy Patton

Amy Patton, director of operations and marketing of Frisco-headquartered Libertas Capital Management, LLC, says she most admires Frisco area community residents and employees' desire to serve those around them. 

Looking toward upcoming female leaders, she says she would tell them they don't have to take 'no' for an answer, that they should keep going. 

"Reading will change your life," Amy says about what inspires her. "Always find someone ahead of you and ask questions."

Tracy Lee

As an animal lover involved with animal rescues, Tracy Lee, suggests to "dream big and never stop moving forward." She's a physician assistant at CCRM Fertility Dallas-Fort Worth. Her role is to serve as a liaison and education resource for referring physicians of patients with fertility challenges.

She says the Frisco region is filled with pride and a true sense of community.

Tracy shares that she looks to books for inspiration and knowledge, as well as her medical director, Dr. Dorette Noorhasan.

Mercedes Butler

As branch manager of Lamar National Bank-Frisco, Mercedes Butler says she especially appreciates how welcoming and friendly the Frisco community is, while being supportive of local businesses. "I absolutely love meeting new people."

Mercedes finds inspiration from books, and recommends to future female leaders to always "be themselves, stay alert and build connections wherever you go." She adds, "Stay true and confident to who you are."

Alicia Baum

"Get involved," is the sage advice shared to upcoming female leaders from Alicia Baum, a commercial lender at Lamar National Bank-Frisco. 

She says she is motivated by other women, podcasts and audio books. 

"What I like most about Frisco is the willingness from small business owners and teams to help each other," explains Alicia. 

Sandy Tutwiler

Positive music, her husband and her faith in God uplifts Sandy Tutwiler, owner/education consultant of the local Tutor Doctor franchise for Frisco and McKinney. 

"Be fearless, learn and know your numbers, that you are enough and can do anything you set your mind to," offers Sandy to future female leaders. 

Amanda Wahdan

As the clinical lead for Dr. Shopana Ganpath's Pulse and Poise medical office in Frisco, Amanda Wahdan says she gets opportunities to witness that Frisco is a great, close-knit region. From assisting with medical and aesthetic procedures to providing patient care and education, she focuses daily on patient safety and satisfaction, and assures that the proof is in the details regarding local sentiments and operations. 

She proclaims that everyone should get to know their "work neighbors."

Roxanne Rapske

Supporting and lifting one another up with encouragement is the first observation that comes to mind about the local community for Roxanne Rapske, a franchise specialist who assists potential business managers to find their best career matches.

She says she relishes having a podcast because it allows her to interview successful entrepreneurs and to hear their personal stories. 

"I would recommend to future female leaders to believe in themselves and to surround themselves with other successful women who have gone before them for support," says Roxanne. 

One of her favorite sayings is: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." 

Frisco City Lifestyle Publisher Sharon Duffy enjoyed hosting Frisco female community leaders to a luncheon highlighting camaraderie and service; one embodying wise words of Dolly Parton: “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you're an excellent leader.”

  • Mercedes Butler (left), Alicia Baum
  • Amy Patton (left), Sandy Tutwiler (middle), Roxanne Rapske
  • Tracy Lee (left), Amanda Finney (middle), Amanda Wahdan