A social media marketing star, entrepreneurs in insurance and staffing and a well-respected business adviser were among the local business and community leaders honored through the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s annual Women’s Council Awards on April 12.

Readers nominated more than 60 women for recognition in eight categories. Martini, Iosue & Akpovi partner Mary Akpovi received the Lifetime Achievement award, while Pilar “Queen P” Vargas, a 29-year-old social media influencer with her own fashion and jewelry lines, was named Rising Star of the Year. Other winners: Donna Deutchman, Stephanie Forman, Diane Krehbiel, Danone Simpson, Connie Sparks and the five-member executive team at Mission Valley Bank led by Chief Executive Tamara Gurney.

Read the Custom Content section in the April 30 issue of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.