YWCA 2019 Annual Career Women of Achievement
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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Duke Energy Convention Center
Full Listing of Past Honorees
Past Keynote Speakers
The YWCA Career Women of Achievement Luncheon was established in 1980 to increase community awareness and appreciation of the diverse contributions of women in the work force and in the community. The luncheon has evolved into the YWCA's largest fundraising event, sponsored by 150 companies and organizations each year, with an attendance of over 2,100. All proceeds directly benefit YWCA programs, supporting its mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
Upwards of 75 women are nominated to be Career Women of Achievement each year. An independent panel of 5 community leaders selects women who exemplify personal career success, dynamic leadership qualities and the unique ability to serve as role models. Former honorees include artists, physicians, educators, executives, politicians, lawyers, human service workers, entrepreneurs, and law enforcement officers.
2018 39th Annual Career Women of Achievement Luncheon
CELEBRATING WOMEN LEADING CHANGE
Front: Carolyn Wallace, Debbie Hayes, Ashley Judd, Wijdan Jreisat, Donna Salyers
Back: Kimberly Halbauer, Stacey Browning, Cathy Bernardino Bailey, Tracy Cook
Barbara Perez, YWCA President/CEO, Susan Zaunbrecher, Co-Chair, Ashley Judd, Hope Felton-Miller, Board Chair, Christi Cornette, Co-Chair
Natera Bean, Mamie Earl Sells Scholar, Ashley Judd, Beverly Hector, Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholar
2018 Honoree & Scholar Bios
Watch Past Honoree, Scholar and YWCA videos.
Ashley Judd is
well known for dexterously starring in both box office hits and for turning in
unforgettable performances in fine independent films. From her debut in
Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner, Ruby In Paradise, to Where the
Heart Is, Simon Burch, Helen, De-Lovely and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya
Sisterhood, her films tell very personal stories-- which is exactly what Judd
does when she is not making movies. But the stories she tells are not about
being a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress or about making People
magazine's “50 Most Beautiful People” list three times.
Ashley Judd is a feminist and social justice humanitarian.
She has been working internationally, with NGO’S, grass roots organizations,
governments, and supranational bodies since 2004. Presently, she serves as
Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, is the Global Ambassador for Population
Services International, and also for Polaris Project. She serves on the
Advisory Boards of International Center for Research on Women, Apne Aap
Worldwide, and Demand Abolition. She is Chairperson of the Women’s Media Center
Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom. She has also served as a
board member for Population Services International (PSI) and as Global
Ambassador for YouthAIDS.
She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and in
2010, earned an Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard’s Kennedy
School of Government. Her paper, Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice won
the Dean’s Scholar Award at Harvard Law School.
Ms. Judd speaks on behalf of those who cannot speak for
Judd has traveled the world to do international public
health work on all fronts– maternal health, child survival, human rights,
family planning, STD and HIV prevention and malaria prevention and treatment.
She has experienced firsthand the connection between poverty, illness and
gender inequality and how that sets up the pain and degradation that is sex and
labor slavery (on which she testified before the General Assembly of the United
Nations). Judd says, "The more we hear their stories, the more motivated
we are to heal them and the social systems that victimized them in the first
place. I believe with all my soul that the art of compassionate witnessing is
at the core of global change and peace building."
She has spoken at many prestigious conferences around the
world, including the London School of Economics' Family Planning Summit,
sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also hosted a talk
with President Clinton on the work of the Clinton Foundation for the London
School of Economics. In 2012, she spoke on the floor of the Democratic National
Convention as the delegate from Tennessee asked to cast the ballots for the
party's nominee for president and vice president. She is also passionate about
the environment. An eighth generation Kentuckian, she is an outspoken critic of
mountaintop removal coal mining. A proponent of a "green collar"
economy, Judd is committed to helping find innovative renewable energy
She frequently serves as an expert panelist at international
conferences, is a sought after public speaker and is a widely published OpEd
author, with a diverse and unique social media presence. Her book, “All That Is
Bitter and Sweet,” detailing her visits to grassroots programs in 13 countries,
was a New York Times bestseller.
She is well recognized for her work on behalf others. In
2017, she was the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award,
and her alma mater, University of Kentucky, established the Ashley T. Judd
Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in the Office for Policy Studies on Violence
Against Women. She was also featured on the cover of TIME Magazine’s 2017
Person of the Year issue honoring the “The Silence Breakers, “ the thousands of
people across the world who have come forward with their experiences of sexual
harassment and assault.
Whether it's on behalf of a patient dying from a preventable
illness a world away or on behalf a woman struggling with mental illness and
abuse, Judd is telling the stories of the vulnerable and the at-risk.
Judd says, "I don't do
it because I'm an actor. I do it because I'm a human being."
Christi Cornette is Chief Culture Officer for Cincinnati Bell, Inc., and reports directly to Leigh Fox, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cincinnati Bell. As Chief Culture Officer, Christi is responsible for Cincinnati Bell’s corporate marketing, brand strategy, employee development, human resources, internal and external communication, community involvement, and events and sponsorships.
Christi brings more than 30 years of Marketing, Sales and Technology experience to Cincinnati Bell. She joined CBTS in 2001 and served for five years as Vice President of Marketing. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cincinnati Bell, which started in 2013, Christi was responsible for product marketing, partner management, branding, sponsorships and communications.
Christi is an active mentor for females in the workplace; she leads the company’s culture and diversity initiative; and she serves on the Board of Directors for CancerFree KIDS. She has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. In 2016, Christi was named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.
Susan B. Zaunbrecher chairs the Corporate Department at
Dinsmore and as chair oversees one of the largest law firm corporate groups in
the Midwest region, with over 150 lawyers in 17 offices. She also sits on the Firm’s Board of
Directors and Executive Committee which oversees the Firm’s 650+ lawyers in 21
cities. Susan continues her legal
practice which focuses on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions and
regulatory and securities matters for public and private companies,
particularly financial institutions.
regularly writes and speaks on financial institutions matters. She sits on numerous community boards
including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, University of Cincinnati Economics Center, Pro Bono Partnership of
Ohio and Downtown Cincinnati Inc. Susan was named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2016.
graduated from Tulane University and University of Cincinnati College of Law.
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