Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and KeyBank’s Beth Mooney Among Women to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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Cleveland, OH (January 4th, 2018) – (YWCA Greater Cleveland) In commemoration of the YWCA’s 150th year of operation in Greater Cleveland four distinguished women leaders whom have previously been presented with the Woman of Achievement Award, will be elevated to Lifetime Woman of Achievement status at the YWCA’s annual luncheon on April 30th, 2018. They will join a group of only seven others whom have been named Lifetime Woman of Achievement in the 42-year history of the award.

The 2018 Lifetime Woman of Achievement Honorees are:

  • Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. Representative, Ohio’s 11th Congressional District
  • Beth E. Mooney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KeyCorp
  • Sandra Pianalto, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Mary Verdi-Fletcher, President/Founding Artistic Director, Dancing Wheels Company and School

“This year’s Women of Achievement Lifetime Honorees are not only outstanding leaders in their respective fields and industries, but they have demonstrated a dedication to empowering and uplifting women in every aspect of their lives,” says Margaret Mitchell, YWCA Greater Cleveland President and CEO. “It is a special pleasure to honor this group in 2018, as the YWCA celebrates 150 years of operation in the Greater Cleveland area. All four Lifetime Honorees have embodied the spirit and mission of the YWCA throughout their careers and have made a tremendous effort to help us move the needle forward for all women.”

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 42nd YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon will be held on Monday, April 30th, 2018 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. The four Lifetime Achievement Honorees will be recognized along with Women of Professional Excellence. KeyBank and University Hospital are the presenting sponsors of the 2018 Women of Achievement Luncheon. Visit for more information on the Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon.


Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge received the Woman of Achievement Award in 2002, years before she joined the ranks of the U.S. Congress. She has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights. Her work has impacted not only her congressional district and Northeast Ohio, but the nation, as she is a past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, as well as the former Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Most recently, Congresswoman Fudge served the Democratic Party as chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Beth Mooney is not only an extraordinary leader in Northeast Ohio, but also a trailblazer in the finance industry across the country and around the world. As the Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, Beth is the first female to lead a top-20 U.S. bank. She was presented with the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in 2008. Since that time, Beth has led KeyBank to record-setting levels of performance. She has been recognized by both Forbes and Fortune magazines as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women and was named the #1 Most Powerful Woman in Banking for three years. Mooney and KeyBank have proudly been the recipient of countless awards for her civic commitment and community outreach and she serves on the Board of Trustees for The United Way, the Cleveland Clinic, Catalyst and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Sandra Pianalto was acknowledged as a Woman of Achievement in 2004 when she was just one year into her term as the tenth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Pianalto served the Federal Reserve System during an extraordinary period in our country’s economic history, seeing the Fourth District through the financial crisis and severe recession of 2008-09. Sandra’s work during this time has given way to the current revitalization of the region. Pianalto is a member of the Board of Directors of Eaton Corporation, J.M Smucker Company, and Prudential Financial, Inc.

Mary Verdi-Fletcher has been a pioneering force in the development and success of physically integrated dance worldwide for nearly four decades and is one of the first and foremost professional wheelchair dancers. She founded Dancing Wheels Company 1980, and went on to create the multi-arts Dancing Wheels School in 1990 for training and career advancement. Also a tireless arts administrator and advocate, Mary has contributed to the development of state and national programs for arts and disability service organizations. She has worked to help pass significant pieces of legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act established in 1990. Mary was a part of the 1999 Women of Achievement cohort.

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