Noted publisher to headline Evening on the Plaza

Wed Apr 12, 2017 at 02:37 PM

Vicki VowellEven in high school Vicki Vowell looked forward to graduation for a slightly different reason than her classmates. Graduation would allow her to finally make an impact on the world, and she was bursting with stories to tell.

Attending Harrison High School, her ambition revealed itself in the yearbook quote she scrawled in Ken Reeves annual, “One day I’ll have my own magazine”.

The memorable quote displayed the early determination and drive which propelled Vowell to found and become CEO of Vowell, Inc., a multimedia company specializing in niche-market publishing. Vowell, Inc., publishes AY Magazine (About You), a lifestyle magazine, and Arkansas Money & Politics (Arkansas’ premier business and political website).  

Vowell, a native of Harrison who studied journalism at the University of Arkansas, created her publishing company so that she could share the stories of the people and places in Arkansas.

She will celebrate her 29th year as a magazine publisher in 2017.

Vicki will return to her hometown on Thursday, April 20, in the L. E. “Gene” Durand Center during the North Arkansas College Foundation’s annual Evening on the Plaza Dinner to receive the Ozarks Ambassador Award in recognition of her outstanding success as a publisher. The dinner follows a reception at 6 p.m. in the FedEx Freight Atrium at the Center Campus.

"I am honored and humbled to return to Harrison and accept the Ozarks Ambassador Award,” Vicki says. “Growing up in Harrison prepared me for my life as CEO of Vowell, Inc. and I’m looking forward to Evening on the Plaza."

“The selection committee was impressed with Ms. Vowell because of her many achievements,” says Dr. Randy Esters, president of Northark. “Her leadership and volunteer efforts serve as a positive example to teach others about giving back to the community and are evidence of her passion for helping others.”

In 2001, Vowell founded AY Magazine's “Runway for a Cause,” a luncheon/fashion show in which survivors of breast cancer walk the runway in the season’s high fashion. The luncheon has been one of the state's largest fundraising events, and in its first 10 years, it raised more than $1 million for local breast-cancer organizations. The Association of Fundraising Professionals has named “Runway for a Cause” an Outstanding Volunteer Organization.

Vowell also serves the community as a member of the Little Rock Executive’s Association. She is on the board of Baptist Health Foundation, and she is a member of the CARTI Foundation, the Mayor’s Commission on Tourism, and Women and Children First. She is a past member of the boards of Curran Hall and CareLink. She has received the Phyllis Brandon Philanthropist Journalistic Award and was featured in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette “High Profile” in September 2009.

Evening on the Plaza will also recognize Northark’s Distinguished Alumnus, Dr. Marcus Jones. Tickets to attend the event are $40 per person. For more information, contact Dr. Rodney Arnold at or call (870) 391-3229.

North Arkansas College is committed to providing an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. No form of sexual discrimination will be tolerated. See the full North Arkansas College Title IX Policy and Procedures for the specific definitions of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including examples of such conduct.