YWCA Greater Cleveland Seeks Nominees for 2017 Women of Achievement

Nominations for YWCA Greater Cleveland’s prestigious Women of Achievement Award are now open.  The 2017 Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon marks the 41st year of honoring the most distinguished and notable women in Northeast Ohio. At this highly anticipated community event, we will 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.

Among these Women of Achievement are business leaders, authors, judges, philanthropists, physicians, nonprofit executives, and many other distinguished women from our community. Women chosen to receive this award are role models and mentors. They have played a significant role in helping other women achieve their goals.

Over the past 41 years, YWCA Greater Cleveland is proud to have honored more than 200 of Northeast Ohio’s most successful and accomplished women. YWCA Greater Cleveland’s Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon hosts more than 800 community members who join YWCA in celebrating these leaders for tomorrow.

The selected honorees will be presented their awards at the 41st Annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon on May 3rd, 2017 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

Margaret Mitchell, President and CEO of YWCA Greater Cleveland, says this of the Women of Achievement Awards: “Recognizing trailblazing women over the years has helped to heighten the successes of women in order to ensure that the next generation of women leaders will have a seat at the table.



If you’d like to nominate a woman leader for this award, please fill out the online form at http://bit.ly/WOA2017app . We will ask you to include a maximum of three letters of recommendation. We will also ask for a resume detailing her career and leadership achievements.

Please ensure that nominations are made in strict confidence. We appreciate efforts to not inform the nominee that she is being considered for this award.

There will be questions about the following topics on the nomination form, reflecting the areas of success we look for in candidates:

  1. Career Success
  2. Community Service
  3. Commitment to YWCA Mission of Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women
  4. Mentoring
  5. Leaders for the Future



  • 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
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