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Madueno Recognized Through KNOW Program
Top 100
Virginia Madueno
Former Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueno was selected as one of the Top 100 women leaders in the country through a special ‘Women to KNOW’ program. Photo Contributed

Sarah Benken, CEO and Publisher of the KNOW Book, has announced the honorees of the 2022 100 Women to KNOW, an annual award recognizing the top 100 female leaders across America. Former Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueno made the list.

Honorees were to be recognized at the Annual KNOW Women Summit, held May 15 through 17 at The Saguaro Scottsdale, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award, presented by Morgan Auto Group is a recognition that showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society. Following a nomination and interview process, these featured 100 women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists have not only grown their dreams, but have created boundless opportunities for the next generation of female leaders. These women exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious on the next level and continue to pour into their communities as they do so.

The 2022 Annual KNOW Women Summit and 100 Women to KNOW in America Award Gala brings together dynamic women leaders and business owners from North America for two full days of workshops, panels, networking opportunities, a shopping marketplace, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on honorees, with award presentations at the 100 Women to KNOW Gala, presented by Morgan Auto Group.

The Summit was open to award honorees, KNOW Global members and their female guests, corporate supporters, and all women looking for inspiration and connections in business and career.

Attaining the 100 Women to KNOW in America Award is a once-in-a-lifetime honor.


Here is a short ‘Q and A’ with Virginia Madueno regarding the honor. The former mayor continues to make her home in Riverbank.


Q: How did this come about?

In November 2021, I was awarded the Enterprising Women Magazine Business of the Year Award in Clearwater, Florida in the up to $5M in sales and met some amazing women business leaders who are involved with the “100 Women to Know” leadership and that is how I was nominated and ultimately selected after I was interviewed by a member of the selection committee.


Q: How does this make you feel?

I feel very honored. During a time with so much uncertainty, I feel so grateful that I have been able to achieve so much business success.


Q: Will you be attending the Gala?

Yes, I will be attending the Gala in Scottsdale, AZ.


Q: What are you doing these days?

I run my public relations and marketing firm which is working on some key rail infrastructure projects including BartLink 21. Link21 aims to connect 21 northern CA counties to the MegaRegion served by BART. I also co own a new company called SanGuard which has provided PPE, COVID Tests and testing and cost recovery services during the pandemic, I am in the process of starting a new company which aims to address the issue of affordable housing with small homes made of light gauge steel, I am a consultant and advisor to Alterna, which is a financial based product to help the unbanked and underbanked in our community and I work part time for the State as a member of the Delta Stewardship Council. I was appointed by Governor Newsom in April 2021 to the Delta Stewardship Council and currently serve as the Vice Chair.