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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Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Applications: applications now being accepted. Learn more.

Nominations for the 2021 Career Women of Achievement Award are now closed.
Honorees will be named Winter 2021.



2021 42nd Annual Event Co-Chairs


Cathy Bernadino Bailey

Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

Stacey Browning

Managing Director of Digital Portfolio, CincyTech

A look back at our 2020 Event

This 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

Iris Simpson Bush

President, CEO

Pig Works

Deborah Gentry Davis

Vice President of Human Resources

Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati

Brandi Nicole Hutchins Elliott, EdD

Director, Office of Ethnic Programs & Services

University of Cincinnati

Jennifer Loeb Goodin

Executive Director

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati

Roni Luckenbill

Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Jeanne Rehling-Golliher

President & CEO

Cincinnati Development Fund

Verna L. Williams

Dean & Nippert Professor of Law

University of Cincinnati College of Law

Mary Zalla

Global President Consumer Brands & Managing Director Cincinnati


*Honoree Photo Credit: Mary Strubbe Photgraphy

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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During the June 18th broadcast, viewers donated $16,000 to support our Domestic Violence Shelters!

Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $20,000.

Text ONAMISSION to 44321 to give on your phone, or click on the image above for a link to donate online.

Thank you!


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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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