Three Alumnae Honored by Wichita Business Journal

News Date: 
Mon. 12/17/2012

Three Friends University alumnae have been highlighted by The Wichita Business Journal as part of the newspaper’s Women in Business award. 

Doris Harms, a 1998 Business Management graduate, was recognized for her work in building her company, Electromech Technologies, a manufacturing company that specializes in electromechanical equipment for the aerospace industry. As president, Harms says she has built her career on being trustworthy. 

“You have to be accountable to people, to customers, to your board,” Harms said in the WBJ article. 

Harms is also actively involved in the Wichita chapters of the ALS Association, American Cancer Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Greater YMCA of Wichita. 

Dixie Larson, a 2006 Business Management graduate, refuses to play it safe in her career as partner and director of sales and marketing of Kennedy and Coe, an accounting and consulting firm in Wichita. 

“Some people might have a tendency to stay where it’s safe,” she told the paper “but unless you are willing to take risks in life, you’ll never know all the possibilities.” 

Larson is also an avid runner and completed a marathon in San Francisco the day before her 50th birthday in October 2010. 

Debbie Winter, a 1994 Master of Management Information Systems graduate, is a master of efficiency in her role as the senior director of information technologies at Bombardier Aerospace. 

Winter told the WBJ that her career centers around helping coworkers find the resources they need to do their jobs better.

“Finding solutions that will help people perform their jobs more easily – that’s my favorite part of my job. I enjoy helping people,” she told the WBJ.

When she’s not working, Winter also enjoys golfing at Rolling Hills Country Club.

To read the complete profiles of Winter, Larson, and Harms, visit the Wichita Business Journal at

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