Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon

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.


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

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 

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. 
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.

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 2019 winners: 

Women of Achievement Award
Julie Barnes, M.Ed., LSW Executive Director Summit County Children Services
Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio Summit County Juvenile Court
Teresa Volsko Director, Respiratory Care, Akron Children's Hospital

Community Progress for Women Founder's Award
Laura Allio

Dorothy O. Jackson Award

Girls Who Code at the University of Akron

Emerging Leader Award
Alicia Robinson Limitless Ambition

Women of Professional Excellence Award Recipients

Akron Children's Hospital
Shaina Earle, vice president of professional and support services
Kristin Hafford, parent advisor coordinator

Bober Markey Fedorovich
Melissa Dunham, senior tax manager

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Rana Amawi, MSN, APRN, NP-C, pre-surgical services nurse practitioner
Deandreia Bell, BSN, RN-BC, director of patient services/cardiac telemetry
Samantha Buehrla, executive assistant
Erin Brady-Curtis, manager, volunteer, employee, and spiritual care services

Crum and Forster Pet Insurance
Patricia Adams, assistant vice president, compliance/legal
Amanda Piccari, assistant vice president, operations

Fifth Third Bank
Tesa Salopek, commercial relationship manager

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