Career Women of Achievement Luncheon

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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.

Nominations for 2019 are now closed.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Duke Energy Convention Center

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40th Anniversary Luncheon Co-Chairs

Michele Hawkins

Managing Director & Chief Compliance Officer, Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.

Heidi Jark

Vice President & Managing Director, Foundation Office, Fifth Third Bank

YWCA 2018 Annual Career Women of Achievement Luncheon

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 

Ashley Judd

2018 Keynote Speaker

Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor, activist, feminist, social justice humanitarian and voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Christi Cornette

2018 Luncheon Co-Chair

Chief Culture Officer, Cincinnati Bell, Inc.

Susan B. Zaunbrecher

2018 Luncheon Co-Chair

Fifth Third Bank

Cathy Bernardino Bailey

2018 Honoree

Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

Stacey Browning

2018 Honoree

President. Paycor

Tracy Cook

2018 Honoree

Executive Director, ProKids

Kimberly Halbauer

2018 Honoree

SVP & Managing Director, Private Bank, Fifth Third Bank

Deborah Hayes

2018 Honoree

Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, The Christ Hospital Health Network

Wijdan Jreisat

2018 Honoree

Shareholder, Katz Teller

Donna Salyers

2018 Honoree

President & Founder, Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs

Carolyn Wallace

2018 Honoree

Owner, The Perfect Brew