NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
YWCA’s 2024 Tribute to Leadership Awards will be held on March 27th!
Nominations are now open for the 2024 awards. Since 1994, we have shined the spotlight on over 200 incredible individuals who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the lives of women, girls, and people of color across Phoenix and Arizona. Continue reading to learn more about our annual award ceremony, and submit your nominations for leaders in Phoenix by December 15th, 2023!
About the Awards
YWCA’s Tribute to Leadership Awards Program is an annual celebration that acknowledges the remarkable achievements of leaders in our community. These individuals are committed to enhancing the lives of women, girls, and people of color through their unwavering dedication to leadership, advocacy, and community service. Over the years, we have proudly honored 264 extraordinary individuals, and we are just getting started!
For three decades, YWCA has been a beacon, illuminating the path of justice and community service by celebrating outstanding women and their contributions. Each year, we come together to raise awareness and appreciation for the diverse and invaluable contributions of women leaders.
To receive the prestigious YWCA Tribute to Leadership Award, our honorees embody the mission of YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix: eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. These selected honorees generously contribute to their communities, set the gold standard for equity in leadership, and transform the Valley into a better place for all to thrive.
Anyone in the community may nominate a deserving leader, there is no limit to the number of nominations you may submit. The best nominations are from community partners and colleagues who know and are known by the nominee.
To be considered eligible for a Tribute to Leadership Award, the nominee should:
- Work primarily in the metropolitan Phoenix area or have made a significant impact on the Phoenix community.
- No currently be employed by YWCA or serve on its board.
- Not be actively running for a political/elected office.
- Plan to attend the 2024 Tribute to Leadership Awards on March 27th and make an effort to rally your friends to join. More details to come!
EXAMPLES: Educators, advocates, artists, student leaders, athletes, activists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, public policy advocates, medical professionals (including spiritual care and mental health), non-profit leaders, and many more.
Nominations are thoughtfully reviewed by a panel of Tribute to Leadership Legacy Honorees, who are esteemed past winners. The evaluation will focus on the following key criteria:
- The honoree’s leadership and impact within the community, their organization, or their industry.
- The honoree’s exemplification of the YWCA’s mission: eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
- The authenticity of the nomination. We encourage you to provide detailed and heartfelt responses.
- Nominations close November 30th at 5:00PM MST
- Honorees are notified in January
- Event Registration opens in February
- Tribute to Leadership Awards is held on March 27th!
Thank you to all of the 2023 Tribute to Leadership Nominees who made it to our Tribute Nominee Reception! We are grateful and humbled by the service and work you do to uplift our communities.
2023 Tribute to Leadership Nominees
2023 Review Committee
Huge thank you to our review committee for your time and efforts to help us select the 2023 Tribute to Leadership Honorees!
Become a Partner Today
In 2024 our partners will receive various marketing, branding & recognition opportunities, tickets to 30th Tribute to Leadership Awards, and other creative opportunities to partner with us all March long!
Sponsorship opportunities can be secured by paying online or requesting an invoice HERE.
To learn more about partnership opportunities and benefits contact Genevieve, YWCA Advancement Director, at email@example.com or call 602.320.7283. We look forward to exploring possible ways to partner to support the safety and well-being of our community. Thank you for all that you do!
If you are a Tribute to Leadership Legacy Honoree, we want to hear from you! Please complete this short questionnaire.
Judge Silvia Arellano
Pam Del Duca
Mary Lynn Kasunic
Jannie Lathan- Maxwell
Rev. Canon McClain
Grace Voss Frederick
Michele Halyard M.D
Susan Stephens-Groff M.D
Sandra Gendler Ph.D
Christine Iijima Hall Ph.D
Marjorie Kyle Ph.D
Clyda Jean Owen
Jean Reed Roberts
Russel Walker M.D
Winifred Doane Ph.D
Marcia Hopp Newman
S.S. Sangeet Kaur Khalsa
Carmen Martinez Franco
Catherine Mckee (Olesen)
Charli Turner Thorne
Judge Elizabeth Finn
Elaine Maimon Ph.D
Dr. Christine Marin Ph.D
Sue Sisley M.D
Sandy Cowne Miller
Sylvia Echave Stock
Kathleen Goeppinger Ph.D
Kathern Lee Plenge M.D
Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM
Yolanda Collazos Kizer
Dana Jamison M.D
Marlene Klotz Collins
Robin Krause Blitz M.D
Judge Jean Williams
JoAnn Garcia (Cruz)
Armaity Vaghaiwalla Austin M.D
Linda McCay Pope
Marilyn Seymann Ph.D
Michelle King Robson
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Senator Kyrsten Sinema
Joan Rankin Shapiro
Judge Barbara Rodriguez Mundell
Janet Mackay Burke
Honorable Ruth McGregor
Ann Meyers Drysdale
Gerda Weissmann Klein
Dean Coonrod M.D
Andy Kramer Petersen
Pam Overton Risoleo
Dana Campbell Saylor
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick
Dr. Elsie Moore Ph.D
City of Phoenix
Recognized Legacy Honorees:
Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo, 2010
Deborah Bateman, 2010
Jannah Scott, 2003
Dr. Pearlette J. Ramos
Graciela Garcia Candia
2023 Tribute to Leadership
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