YWCA Greater Cleveland

Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon



Thank you for helping us reach our fundraising goal this year!

Thank you for being a part of YWCA Greater Cleveland’s 41-year journey to recognize leaders in our community. We are honored to have presented the prestigious award of Women of Achievement to more than 200 successful women in Northeast Ohio.

Selected by distinguished leaders in our area, these women have achieved extraordinary accomplishments through their careers and community service. They have demonstrated true leadership, mentored others, and exemplify YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

Women of Professional Excellence are high achievers, successful professionals, and are often the next generation of Women of Achievement.




CLEVELAND, OH – YWCA Greater Cleveland has announced the 2017 recipients of the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards. This prestigious award is presented to a select group of Northeast Ohio women who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments through career success, community service, leadership, mentoring, and dedication to YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Honoree is Carole F. Hoover, President & CEO of Hoover Milstein and Cleveland community leader. She is a civil rights champion and has spearheaded many Cleveland community development efforts.

Margot Copeland, Executive Vice President of KeyBank and Chair of Keybank Foundation, nominated Ms. Hoover for the honor. “Carole’s impact on the Cleveland community is unparalleled. In addition to being the first African American to run a major city’s chamber of commerce, she has leveraged her relationships to improve the careers and lives of countless people,” says Ms. Copeland. “Though Carole has numerous notable achievements and has helped to put Cleveland on the map, I am particularly inspired by her many anonymous contributions of time, talent, and treasure to support those in our community facing challenges and adversity.”

The 2017 Women of Achievement Award recipients are:

Teresa Metcalf Beasley - Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Emily Drake - Partner, Fairport Asset Management

Evalyn Gates, Ph.D. - Executive Director and CEO, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Anita Gray - Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League

Kerin Lyn Kaminski - Co-Managing Member, Giffen & Kaminski

Patricia Motta - Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Intellectual Property Officer, American Greetings Corporation

Ann Zoller - Executive Director, LAND Studio


“These seven influential leaders—plus our Lifetime Achievement winner Carole Hoover—have expressed bold visions for our community and their workplaces,” says Margaret Mitchell, YWCA Greater Cleveland President and CEO. “These women have excelled in their careers, and they are dedicated to changing lives in our region—and beyond.”



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