Career Women of Achievement Luncheon
May 6, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Duke Energy Convention Center
The 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 more than 2,100. All proceeds directly benefit YWCA programs, supporting the YWCA’s 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 five 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.
The Academy of Career Women of Achievement is comprised of 322 past honorees. Established as a means of fostering interaction among Career Women of Achievement award recipients, the Academy promotes the personal and professional growth of women in Greater Cincinnati and provides leadership and diverse skills to the community.
Each year the Academy hosts a fall dinner at which those who were selected as Career Women of Achievement in spring are formally inducted into the Academy of Career Women of Achievement. YWCA board members and the newest class of Rising Stars are invited to these dinners, which feature prominent keynote speakers.
In 2002, the Academy implemented the Rising Star award to recognize our community’s up-and-coming leaders. Academy members are asked to nominate younger women, ages 25-40, who demonstrate leadership ability, have made significant progress in their chosen professions and would benefit from interaction with Academy members and other Rising Stars. To help foster this interaction and education, the Rising Stars are invited to the fall Academy dinner after attending a set of round table discussions led by Academy members. In 2007, the program expanded to include a Leadership Program that prepares selected Rising Stars to serve on non-profit and arts boards in the Greater Cincinnati area. The response to the Rising Star initiative has been overwhelmingly positive, and plans continue for the growth of the program.
See a full listing of the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement Honorees