YWCA Greater Cleveland

Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon

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Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon: May 8, 2017 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel 

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Congrats to our 2017 honorees:

Lifetime Achievement Winner: Carole F. Hoover, President & CEO of Hoover Milstein 

  • 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 



Leadership: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 
May 2, 2016 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel 
40th Anniversary of Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon & Conference

The 2016 Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon & Conference marked the 40th year of honoring the most distinguished and notable women in Northeast Ohio. At this highly anticipated community event, we present one of the most prestigious awards to a select group of Greater Cleveland women who have made extraordinary accomplishments through career success, community service, dedication to the YWCA mission, and leadership and mentoring.

The 2016 Women of Achievement Award recipients were:
Micki Byrnes, President and General Manager, WKYC Channel 3 – Cleveland
Lee Friedman, Chief Executive Officer, College Now Greater Cleveland
Kathryn “Kit” Jensen, Chief Operating Officer, ideastream
Kym Sellers, Founder, Kym Sellers Foundation; television and radio personality
Robyn Minter Smyers, Partner-in-Charge, Thompson Hine LLP – Cleveland Office
Maryrose Sylvester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Current Powered by GE
Nancy Tinsley, President of Parma Medical Center, University Hospitals
Sue Tyler, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, Medical Mutual of Ohio 

Click here to get the list of 2016 Women of Professional Excellence.




ACHIEVE Magazine 

These amazing women, as well as the 40 Women of Professional Excellence honored at the event, are featured in our 2016 ACHIEVE Magazine, which can be read by clicking here


Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors



Peace Sponsors



Justice Sponsors

American Greetings Corporation
College Now Greater Cleveland Inc.
CRU Solutions
Ernst & Young
The Lubrizol Corporation

Freedom Sponsors

Fairmount Santrol
Grant Thornton LLP
The Huntington National Bank
Molina Healthcare of Ohio
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
PNC Bank
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP
Reminger Co., LPA
The Sherwin-Williams Company Westfield Insurance

Dignity Sponsors

Advance Ohio
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Cleveland Indians
Cleveland State University
Cliffs Natural Resources
Current, powered by GE
Dealer Tire
Dollar Bank
Parker Hannifin Corporation
Tucker Ellis LLP

Additional Support

Consolidated Solutions
Gries Financial 

2015 Video 

A video from the 2015 event featuring Margaret Mitchell, Executive Director, YWCA Greater Cleveland, welcomed the ballroom full of guests and set the stage for an exciting afternoon of leadership, fellowship and learning. To view Margaret's video, click here.

"It is an honor to celebrate and share the accomplishments of these transformative leaders. Through their multifaceted life and work experiences, these women are dedicated to changing lives and communities throughout Greater Cleveland and beyond."

- YWCA President and CEO Margaret Mitchell.


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