As the Austin area’s reputation as a fast-growing, innovative metro continues to gain national acclaim, the city has seen an equally impressive increase in its cadre of female professionals who are guiding startups, industry giants and nonprofits.

This year, 85 women have been nominated in Austin Business Journal’s annual Profiles in Power awards.

The finalists and winners will be unveiled during a luncheon Aug. 24 at the downtown JW Marriott hotel. Go here to buy tickets for the luncheon.

Last year, six winners were chosen from more than 100 nominees. The winners were: Ashley Alaniz-Moyer, executive director, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium; Adriana Cruz, president, Greater San Marcos Partnership; Nikki Graham, Austin market president, Bank of America; Sandy Guzman, legislative director for state Sen. Kirk Watson; Mini Kahlon, vice dean of strategy and partnerships, Dell Medical School; and Roberta Lang, global vice president and general counsel, Whole Foods Market Inc. Click on each person’s name to read a feature article including their advice to other female professionals, and go here to see a slideshow of last year’s six winners and 24 finalists.

Here is an alphabetical list of this year’s Profile in Power nominees:

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