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Announcing our 2020 Women of Achievement

YWCA Greater Cleveland has honored over 200 women with the prestigious Women of Achievement Award. From lawmakers and philanthropists to educators, entrepreneurs and CEOs, members of YWCA’s Women of Achievement Academy have made an impact on every aspect of our city. This year’s class proudly carries on that tradition. Six women have been selected to receive the Woman of Achievement Award at the YWCA’s annual luncheon on June 1, 2020.

The 2020 Women of Achievement Honorees are:

Heather Burton, PhD. serves as the Project Director for the Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership—National (IDEAL-N) project. IDEAL-N seeks to build a learning community among 10 research universities across two states to promote gender equity in STEM fields, with particular focus on women of color and women with disabilities. Her work in the academy puts women of color in the forefront with the goal of equitable access to not only education, but the full range of opportunities available in the academy.

Suzanne Day is Corporate Senior Vice President, and Chief Legal and Ethics Officer for The Lubrizol Corporation. She joined Lubrizol in 1998 to handle litigation throughout the corporation, eventually heading the litigation and disputes practice section of Lubrizol’s legal division. Day became Vice President and General Counsel in January 2011, Chief Ethics Officer in September 2011, and Chief Legal Officer in 2015. Prior to joining Lubrizol, she was an associate at the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP. She is the executive sponsor of WILL (Women in Lubrizol Leadership) and is on the Board of Trustees of Western Reserve Academy.

Mary Kim Elkins is the Senior Vice President, Taxes for Eaton, a power management company. Elkins is the first woman to hold this position. In this role, she is responsible for Eaton’s global tax function. Elkins joined Eaton in 2006 as Director, Tax Strategy for the Fluid Power Group. Since that time, she has gone on to serve as Vice President, Operational Tax Strategy, and most recently as Vice President, International Tax Strategy. Elkins also serves on the board of Achievement Centers for Children.

Constance Hill-Johnson is the Owner and Managing Director of Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services. She is passionate about helping other caregivers manage the challenges which come with the aging process and helping seniors remain independent and safe in their homes. Hill-Johnson started the business after the death of her father, recognizing the need for quality homecare. She also serves on the board of the Cleveland Foundation, and is one of the architects of The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland, a national exhibition changing the narrative around philanthropy in the Black community.

Stamy Paul is an executive human resources leader with more than 20 years of human resources strategy and change management experience across various industries of domestic and global responsibilities. Paul currently holds the position of North Division Vice President, Human Resources with Airgas, an Air Liquide company. Paul is also the Founder and President of Graffiti HeArt, a platform for aspiring artists to practice their artistic talent on a stage that promotes approved commissioned projects and beautifies communities while funding educational opportunities for young people.

Patricia A. Shlonsky is a partner in one of Cleveland’s oldest law firms, Ulmer & Berne LLP. She is the first woman to serve as Cleveland Partner-in-Charge in the firm’s more than 110-year history. Shlonsky oversees the day-to-day operations of the Cleveland office while managing her demanding practice as a nationally recognized employee benefits attorney. Shlonsky was the first woman to serve on the firm’s Management Committee, and continues to serve in this capacity as one of seven people with responsibility for managing all aspects of the firm’s operations.

“This year’s Women of Achievement Honorees are true pillars of the Cleveland community,” says Margaret Mitchell, YWCA Greater Cleveland President and CEO. “Each one of them is a trailblazer who has modeled a more inclusive and equitable vision for our city’s future. All of these women have thrived in adversity and it is my honor to recognize them as YWCA Women of Achievement.”

Each year the YWCA Women of Achievement 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.

The YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon will be held on Monday, June 1st, 2020 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. KeyBank and University Hospital are the presenting sponsors of the 2020 Women of Achievement Luncheon.

For More information, contact Taylor Barnes: Associate Director of Development (216) 881-6878 ext. 233 | tbarnes@ywcaofcleveland.org

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