By The Banner Staff
A Comanche High School graduate, with family in Duncan, may be one of the top female executives in London.
Heather Dixon, a vice president at American Express, was named one of seven category winners during the Women in the City Celebration in October at the Museum of London.
Dixon, who heads International Financial Reporting at American Express, won the Accountancy category, for her success in communicating financial information.
There was a great deal of competition for the highly coveted awards, with executives from all over London in the running.
“The Women of Achievement Awards reinforce the positive contribution that women make in the business world, so I am honored to achieve such a prestigious accolade,” Dixon said. “I hope this award motivates my peers in the accounting world to strive for success as it has done for me.”
Dixon, who is the daughter of Linda Gray Hayden and the late Brian Hayden of Duncan, was in the running for the overall Woman of Achievement Award, which was announced in November.
All seven categories were promoted by a sponsor. The accountancy category was sponsored by Bluefin and endorsed the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).
“Heather impressed and inspired the judging panel with her combination of confidence and self-awareness,” said ICAEW senior talent manager Rhonda Martin, who presented the award. “She was able to confidently articulate her own leadership challenges as real advice for other omen making her a genuine and approachable role model.
“Her ability to combine practical solutions to flexible working with her calm, controlled and measured influencing style set her apart from the other candidates as a real agent for change who understood the need to join the different perspectives of those setting the messages from the top and the real experience of the people on the ground.”
The goal of the Woman of Achievement Award is to highlight and formally recognize those women who, as well as fulfilling a demanding senior level role, are actively promoting and encouraging the progress of women in their organization and sector.
By The Banner Staff
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Two psychologists on Tuesday offered differing opinions about the mental competency of Miles Sterling Bench to stand trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Braylee Henry.
Bench, dressed in a dark blue suit, sat through a second day of court proceedings that will determine if the case against him goes to trial. The state is seeking the death penalty.
Empire water removal proposal withdrawn
A rural water district has canceled its application to withdraw up to 7.8 million gallons of additional water after Empire residents protested their private wells might run dry if that much groundwater was taken.
A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board said Tuesday the application for groundwater rights was withdrawn by Fox Engineering Inc., an Ardmore firm that works as a consultant for Rural Water District No. 3.
Man stabbed at water treatment plant
A 50-year-old man who said was approached by three males was stabbed and cut several time at the Duncan Water Treatment Plant, police said Tuesday.
The attack took place around 9 p.m. Monday on the south side of the treatment plant office where two men forced the victim against a wall and a third man attacked him, police said.
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Maundy Thursday, the night before the crucifixion that some Chrisitians refer to as “Holy Thursday,” will be recognized with special services in some Duncan churches.
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Fourth man accused of hiding Lane murder weapon
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