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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Viewing Options

  • Watch Live on WCPO 9
  • Live stream on your favorite platform (web, mobile, Roku, Apple TV, Fire)
  • Miss the 1st airing? Tune in Saturday, April 24th 1-2 p.m.

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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


Cathy Bernadino Bailey

Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

Stacey Browning

Managing Director of Digital Portfolio, CincyTech

Photo Credit: Mary Strubbe Photography

A look back at our 2020 Event

Last year, our agency took the unprecedented step by pivoting from our annual Career Women of Achievement Luncheon to broadcasting a version on network television.

We met the COVID-19 crisis head-on by transforming the previously-scheduled May 6 luncheon into a TV event. 

Nearly 14,000 households tuned in to watch our 41st Annual Career Woman of Achievement on June 18th!

Honoring the 2020 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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Thank you to our amazing partners at Duke Energy Convention Center for lighting up the CINCINNATI sign orange through June 18th in honor of our 2020 Career Women of Achievement! 


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