Lisa Gifford, co-owner and 34-year-veteran of Alliance Enterprises in DuPont, is one of six honorees for 2016 Women of Influence in the South Sound.

The software development company that was named to Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing firms in America for its average 80 percent grown over the past three years, recently moved into the former Intel research building in Northwest Landing, DuPont.

Gifford began at the company in a clerical role – and was one of the first women pioneers in western Washington's emerging technology sector. She eventually grew to serve as chief executive officer for 15 years before taking on the role of board chair and director of corporate strategy.

She and her husband developed a training program for Kent Schools in the mid-1980s to help staff and teachers lose their fears about the invading PC computers and subsequent disappearance of typewriters. They ended up teaching the program to more than 10 school districts in the region and to state government agencies.

Lisa Gifford will be recognized as a 2016 Woman of Influence in the South Sound at a special luncheon on Wednesday, October 12th, at Historic 1625 Tacoma Place. For the complete list of this year's honorees, check this link and tickets are available from that web page.

Kitsap Bank is primary sponsor for this year's WOI program, with additional support from Fairchild Record Search and Washington Center for Women in Business.