The Birmingham Business Journal unveiled the winners of its Women to Watch awards at its Women's Summit on Friday.
The BBJ created the Women to Watch Awards to recognize talented leaders who are making a difference in the Birmingham business community.
The BBJ accepted nominations online for several weeks and chose this year's honorees based on both career accomplishments and how nominees are impacting the community.
Here are the winners:
Denise Jeffries, Regions
Jeffries is senior vice president for enterprise data services at Regions Financial Corp.
While she plays a key role at one of Birmingham's largest companies, she is also investing her time to help Birmingham's up-and-coming tech scene.
She serves on the board of TechBirmingham and is the leadership chair for the Birmingham Women in Technology Group.
Nominators said she has shown a willingness to volunteer her time to mentor other women in technology and help them advance in the technology field.
They also say Jeffries has played an instrumental role in helping her company recruit and retain key technical talent, which will help build Birmingham's brand as a banking technology hub.
Tanveer Patel is not afraid of taking a risk.
At the age of 29, the serial entrepreneur started CircleSource, which she built to a 100-employee operation before selling it in 2010.