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The Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women were honored at a luncheon at the JW Marriott last week. More than 600 people heard keynote speaker Fara Warner (far right), a business journalist and author of “The Power of the Purse: How Smart Businesses Are Adapting to the World’s Most Important Customer — Women.” This year marks the first time a mother and daughter were selected for the honor in the same year: Eileen DeVries and her daughter, Rachel Mraz (pictured bottom left, joined by husband and father Brian DeVries). Pictured upper left is honoree Doreen Bolhuis, president of Gymco Inc. At far right, bottom, is honoree Sue Conway, partner, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. Grand Rapids Business Journal received just less than 100 nominations this year. Altogether, the honorees represent 254 community boards and nonprofit agency involvement.