YWCA 2018 Annual Career Women of Achievement
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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.
YWCA 2017 Annual Career Women of Achievement
HONORING WOMEN WHO STAND OUT AND STAND UP
2017 Career Women of Achievement Honorees
Front: Dr. Shantel Thomas, Sonia Jackson Myles, Lisa Knutson, Patty Brisben
Rear: Sister Sally Duffy, SC, Dr. Peggy Hostetter, Chiquita V. White, Julia W. Poston
Mary Miller, Co-Chair, Hope Felton-Miller, Board Chair, Robin Givens,
Barbara Perez, President/CEO, Liza Smitherman, Co-Chair
Malika Muhammad, Mamie Earl Sells Scholar, Robin Givens, RahShawn Hill, Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholar
2017 Honorees & Scholar Bios
2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Robin Givens began her acting career in 1985 with an
appearance on the Cosby Show. The
following year, she landed her breakthrough role as Darlene Merriman on the hit
ABC series Head of the Class
(1986-1991). In 1989, she co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in the miniseries The Women of Brewster Place. Givens then
starred in several back-to-back movies including a critically acclaimed
starring role in A Rage In Harlem
(1991) with Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover & Gregory Hines; Boomerang opposite Eddie Murphy in 1992;
Foreign Student (1992) and Blankman with Damon Wayans and David
Alan Grier (1994).
In 2008, Givens worked with Tyler Perry on his film The Family That Preys with Kathy Bates
and on his TBS series House of Payne.
She also had a recurring role on USA Network’s Burn Notice.
Givens’ extensive stage acting included a successful stint on
Broadway in the leading role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago and in the Off-Broadway
production of The Vagina Monologues.
Robin recently garnered rave reviews and the coveted ‘Image Award’ for her
starring role in the acclaimed production of Blues for an Alabama Sky.
has written and directed her very own Original Musical Joy in the Morning. This
uplifting theatrical experience with soul stirring music convinces audiences
that there truly can be…Hope after Heartbreak. The message of Hope is not new to Robin Givens. In 2007, she published
her first book, Grace Will Lead Me Home
which will be re-released with an updated forward this Spring.
2017 LUNCHEON CO-CHAIRS
Mary Miller is the CEO and
co-owner, of JANCOA Janitorial Services, Inc., an award-winning, certified WBE
that is a family operated, commercial cleaning service located in
Cincinnati. Mary is known for her optimism and desire to help others
realize their uniqueness and personal power. Through JANCOA’s renowned employee
benefits program, the Dream Manager, she has created an exceptional work
environment. The Dream Manager, popularized by the bestselling book by Matthew
Kelly, under the same name, grew from an employee retention program into an
encouraging example of what a business can be. As CEO, Mary has driven
the company’s success and exponential growth. Mary believes success came when
she stopped selling and started caring…and that’s really the core of who she
Mary has gained an
international following as a popular speaker advocating for everyone to change
direction and focus on their dreams, both personal and professional. As
author of Changing Direction, she strives to stay on a path of
positivity and determination while continuing to achieve her dreams and inspire
others to reach for theirs.
In addition to running a
business with more than 500 full-time employees, Mary is an associate coach for
Strategic Coach, where she works with fellow entrepreneurs on work-life
balance, growth and enjoying the process.
Mary enjoys sharing her
vision and inspiration by actively participating in many industry, business and
nonprofit organizations, including the YWCA.
Two of Mary's recent achievements include being a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2013 and a 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year honoree.
D. Smitherman, Vice President of Professional Development for Jostin
Construction, Inc. and Partner in Brewster Pumping, LLC, is a graduate of
Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Education and a M. Ed. in
Counseling from Xavier University.
joined Jostin Construction, formerly Jostin Concrete Construction in 1998, in
partnership with her husband in their first generation, family-owned
business. Jostin provides construction
management, general contracting, general trades, pump, place, finish and total
package services to construction managers, general contractors and owners. At that time, Liza provided basic accounting
and financial support to the company.
the business grew, she shifted her attention to providing knowledgeable leadership
in the planning and directing of programs for all human resource areas within
the company including employment, employee relations, compensation, training
and development, benefits administration, and equal employment opportunity. She
also facilitates the development of policies and programs to meet Jostin’s
2005, Liza took a primary role in the start-up of Brewster Pumping, LLC, a
subsidiary of Jostin Construction. Brewster Pumping performs concrete pumping services for Jostin
Construction as well as other clients within its regional market. Liza directs
and coordinates the day to day activities of the business as well as provides
direction toward establishing and implementing short and long term goals.
is active in community organizations, serving as a member of the Board of
Trustees for City Gospel Mission, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
and Cincinnati Children’s Foundation. Liza’s passion with both local and national workforce issues has allowed
her the opportunity to also serve on the board of the National Skills
Coalition, a broad-based coalition that seeks to raise the skills of
America’s workers across a range of industries. She is also a
member of the steering committee for Business Leaders United for Workforce
Liza is a
member of the Leadership Council for Partners for a Competitive Workforce and
co-chair of the Construction Industry Partnership Team.
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