2018 Woman of the Year

Jennifer LaPerre

Jennifer LaPerre, the 2018 Woman of the Year, is Vice President of Partner Solutions for Mercy Virtual.  Jennifer works with administrative and clinical leaders to help build a new model of care that integrates virtual solutions into care delivery.


LaPerre has more than 26 years in the healthcare industry and retail space.  Prior to joining Mercy Virtual, she led the strategy development and execution of Walmart Care Clinics; a primary care model designed to serve associates and customers in store.  She was also responsible for strategic initiatives and a multi-billion dollar sales and contracting division for Walmart Health and Wellness.  Jennifer served as Senior Vice President of Mercy Northwest Arkansas; Vice President of an eye care surgery start-up in Kansas City; and an Operations executive with HCA Physician Services in Florida.


She earned her bachelor’s in biology and chemistry as well as a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Iowa. Jennifer is active across Northwest Arkansas with many organizations, including Mercy Foundation and Circle of Life.

2018 Young Woman of the Year

Meredith Lowry

The 2018 Young Woman of the Year, Meredith Lowry’s, love for technology began early on with her love of video games and computers.  Today, that love of technology manifests in her dedication to her tech-based clients, her enthusiasm for supporting women in pursing tech careers, and her shared passion for gaming with her three children.


Lowry started her career as a patent attorney in 2005 in Northwest Arkansas, assisting a variety of individual entrepreneurs and companies in their efforts to obtain patent, trademark, and copyright protection. Her practice quickly focused on the variety of consumer goods developed and commercialized here regionally and internationally.   In 2015, she drafted the legislation to protect the likeness of individual Arkansas residents from commercialization, which is commonly known as the Broyles Act and is the most recent legislative change to intellectual property law in Arkansas.  Meredith has been named a Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers from 2012-2015 in the field of Intellectual Property and is included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in Patent Law. Meredith is a practicing patent attorney at Wright, Lindsey and Jennings.


Meredith is an active volunteer in Northwest Arkansas, lending her time to the following committees and organizations:

  • Alzheimer’s Association’s Blondes vs. Brunettes Flag Football team as co-captain for NWA Team Brunette

  • American Diabetes Association planning committee for the annual Kiss a Pig Gala

  • Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families Northwest Arkansas Soup Sunday committee

  • Arkansas Small Business Technology Development Center, Fayetteville speaker

  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Artinfusion council

  • Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fayetteville planning committee

  • Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit planning committee and as co-chair in 2017

  • Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit Women in Technology planning committee chair

  • Scott Family Amazeum annual Ungala planning committee

  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA Development Committee and Community Leadership Council

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