The Women of Achievement Awards honors professional women in the public and private sectors who have made an impact in their careers and their communities, while encouraging the success of other women. Finalists and nominees are recognized at the annual Women of Achievement Awards luncheon. Recipients are nominated by their peers – individuals, businesses and organizations.If you would like to nominate a professional woman or organization for one of the following awards, please see our nomination guidelines included with each form.
Emerging Leader Award Laura Wallerstein, attorney, Roetzel
Women of Professional Excellence Award Recipients Akron Area YMCA Mella Castner, director, Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs Maureen Mizerak, executive director, Wadsworth YMCA
Akron Children's Hospital Roula Braidy, manager, Language & Special Access Services Linda Gentile, VP of Construction & Support Services Trauda Gilbert, deployment leader, Mark A. Watson Center for Operations Excellence
Western Reserve Hospital Nealie D'Abate, VP, Organizational Development & Chief Learning Officer Kelli Crawford Smith, EDBG/Entitlement Administrator, City of Cuyahoga Falls Erin Victor, founder, Akron Snow Angels Kristie Warner & Annie Davis, owners, Gavin Scott Salon & Spa
Westfield Bank Myrna Myer, agency banking specialist Nellie Rodman, human resource manager
Women of Achievement Award Finalists LuAnne Decker, managing director, strategy & planning,FedEx Custom Critical
Robin Doerschuk, director of learning and development,TalentLaunch
Margaret Jordan, J.D., M.S., business development manager,BDO
Founders' Awards Honors Women's Network members for their outstanding contributions to Women’s Network and its mission. Past recipients
Dorothy O. Jackson Award Honors an area business or organization that has demonstrated excellence and leadership in their commitment to the empowerment of women and promotion of diversity in the workplace. Past recipients-Nominations are currently closed-
Judith A. Resnik Memorial Scholarship Awarded to a female high school senior who has been accepted into an appropriate baccalaureate program at a four-year, accredited collage and is pursuing a career in math, science or engineering. Past recipients-Applications are currently closed-
Emerging Leader Award Honors a young professional woman, 25-39, whose contributions have impacted her industry and her community; who is a trendsetter and encourages success among women. Past recipients-Nominations are currently closed-
Women of Professional Excellence Awards Employers are given the opportunity to honor their own women professionals who exemplify high professional standards and achievements in the workplace and the community and who are committed to supporting and encouraging other women to be successful. -Sponsorships are currently closed-
Women of Achievement Award Honors an exceptional woman professional selected for her history of going beyond her own personal and career accomplishments to encourage success among women, breaking down barriers, mentoring others, taking risks to overcome obstacles and support the progress of women. The winner is chosen from one of three finalists. Past recipients-Nominations are currently closed-
History of the awards The Women of Achievement Awards were established in 1999 by the YWCA of Summit County to increase community awareness, understanding and appreciation of women and the doors they open for future generations. In 2005, Women’s Network, Inc. became the host for these prestigious community awards.