Career Women of Achievement Luncheon

YWCA 2018 Annual Career Women of Achievement

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  






Duke Energy Convention Center

Partner Benefits 

2017 Partners

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 Co-Chairs


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.

Susan 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.

Susan graduated from Tulane University and University of Cincinnati College of Law.


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Enjoy a look back at the YWCA 2017 Annual Career Women of Achievement




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 Honoree & Scholar Bios


Watch Past Honoree, Scholar and YWCA videos.






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