Career Women of Achievement

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Luncheon Legacy

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 workforce 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.  In 2020, we pivoted the event into a TV/online broadcast with nearly 14,000 households tuning in. All proceeds directly benefit YWCA programs, supporting our 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.

 

2021 Career Women of Achievement

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 7-8 p.m.

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2021 CAREER WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT HONOREES

 

Giovanna Alvarez

Director, Su Casa Hispanic Center

Vanessa Freytag

President & CEO, 4C for Children

Dr. Whitney B. Gaskins

Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence & Community Engagement, University of Cincinnati College of Engineering & Applied Science

Dr. Lisa Kelly

Taylor Asbury Professor of Ophthalmology; Medical Director Hoxworth Eye Clinics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Kelly Kolar-Eyman

President & Founder, Kolar Design, Inc. + Kolar Experience Institute

Tashawna Thomas Otabil

Executive Director, TriHealth

Stephanie Smith

Senior Vice President, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Fifth Third Bank

Amy Spiller

President, Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky, Duke Energy

Photo Credit: Helen Adams Photography

TRANSFORMATION PARTNER:

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TECHNOLOGY & BROADCAST PARTNER:

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INNOVATION PARTNERS:

 

cintas

duke

pnc bank

UC

 

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western & southern

 

 

 

 

Leadership PARTNERs:

The Christ Hospital Health Network
Cincinnati Business Courier

d.e. Foxx & Associates, Inc
Fifth Third Bank
Huntington National Bank
Macy’s
Madison Design

OVATION PARTNERS:

BakerHostetler
Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter
epay
Forefront Group, Inc.
Vanessa A. Freytag
Fund Evaluation Group
Kolar Design + Kolar Experience Institute
Learning Grove
UC Health
Women of Water Cincinnati

Celebrate Partner:

Friends of Music Hall

Help us reach our goal of raising $25,000 for Domestic Violence Programs

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Experience More from our 2021 Broadcast!

In case you missed it or just want to experience the broadcast and honoree videos again, see links below! 

2021 Career Women Broadcast Link

Honoring the 2021 Career Women of Achievement!

Visit our YouTube Channel to watch the Honoree Videos 

Digital Program Book

Take a look through our digital Career Women of Achievement Program Book to read more about our Honorees, Scholars & Community Partners!

 

 

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Cincinnati Lit Up Orange in Honor of YWCA!

Thank you to our amazing partners at Duke Energy Convention Center for lighting up the CINCINNATI sign orange through April 22nd!

 

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Thanks to FC Cincinnati for lighting the “fins” orange on April 22nd!

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2021 42ND ANNUAL EVENT CO-CHAIRS

Cathy Bernadino Bailey

Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

Stacey Browning

Managing Director of Digital Portfolio, CincyTech

Photo Credit: Mary Strubbe Photography

 

Questions: careerwomen@ywcacin.org