Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon

Applications for Awards Now Open!

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.

Event in collaboration with KNOW.


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Friday, June 14
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
11:00 a.m.-1 p.m.

Nominations due April 12, 2019

Individual tickets available now!


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. 

Application for Nomination Past recipients

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.
Application for Nomination Past recipients 

Woman 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. 
Application for Nomination Past recipients 

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.
Sponsorship information

Founders' Awards

Honors Women's Network members for their outstanding contributions to Women’s Network and its mission.
Past recipients

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. The 2019 awards are presented in collaboration with the KNOW.


Join us in congratulating our 2017 finalists and winners: 

Women of Achievement Award Finalists
Winner: Margaret Jordan, J.D., M.S., business development manager, BDO 

LuAnne Decker, managing director, strategy & planning, FedEx Custom Critical
Robin Doerschuk, director of learning and development, TalentLaunch

Founders' Awards
Economic Progress for Women
Jan Conrad, director, Women's Business Center of Northern Ohio

Community Progress for Women 
Terri Heckman, CEO, Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties & Rape Crisis Center

Dorothy O. Jackson Award

The Blick Center

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

Bober Markey Fedorovich
Cindy Johnson, partner, Assurance & Advisory Services

Brennan Manna & Diamond
Victoria Ferrise, partner

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
Amy K. Friedmann, partner, Trusts & Estates
Marietta M. Pavlidis, partner, Litigation, Employment & Labor

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Nancy Beinlich, MSN, RN, CWON, professional development specialist
Claudia Cihlar, PhD., coordinator, Center for Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Anita Meehan, MSN, RN-BC, ONC, FNGNA, clinical nurse specialist
Claire Wilson, DNP, RN, NE-BC, director, Nursing & Patient Services, Inpatient Oncology Unit

Jennifer Grossman, director
Nicole Herman, tax director

Dana Walters, business banking officer

Kastner, Westman & Wilkins, LLC
Jaime U. Kolligian, associate
Julie A. Trout, attorney

Lena Davie, talent acquisition & engagement manager
Olivia Mathews, territory manager
Kathy Vanderheyden, VP of operations

Robert W. Baird
Pamela Kiltau, CFP, vice president, private wealth management
Mona Sarkar, J.D., senior VP, financial advisor

Pam Wright, partner, nonprofit segment leader

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

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