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Women of Achievement

For 37 years, we’ve gathered during lunch for Women of Achievement.  Each year, we have honored a select group of women in Columbus who have made extraordinary contributions to their families, workplaces, and communities. In April 2022, we honored six leaders who are Advocates for All – women who pave and protect the path for others, support and uplift their neighbors, and serve as champions of dignity for all. View photos from our 2022 event.

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Women of Achievement 2023
Thursday, April 27, 2023

Short North Ballroom, Greater Columbus Convention Center


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Our 2022 Women of Achievement Honorees

Joy Bivens

Joy Bivens

Deputy County Administrator for Health & Human Services, Franklin County, Ohio

As Deputy Franklin County Administrator, Joy Bivens leads the Department Job and Family Services, the county’s largest agency and core social safety net. She also oversees Office on Aging, Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Office of Justice Policy and Programs. Joy serves as vice chair of the National Association of Counties Human Services and Education subcommittee, providing a voice for Franklin County’s most vulnerable residents. In 2020, she was invited to testify at a congressional hearing on strategies for combatting child poverty. She lives in Whitehall with her husband, Whitehall City Attorney Michael Bivens. They have two children, Mikayla and Michael.

Laura Epsy-Bell

Laura Espy-Bell, MD, MHA

Emergency Medicine Physician/Associate Medical Director, Mid Ohio Emergency Services. Medical Director of Community Partnerships, OhioHealth

Laura Espy-Bell is an Emergency Medicine Physician and Associate Medical Director committed to eliminating health disparities, providing quality healthcare, and building a pipeline for African American youth to pursue a career in medicine. She is passionate about community service, mentorship, and advocacy, which lead her to create the Columbus Black Physicians Network, focusing on community engagement by African American physicians. She also founded the “Made for Medicine “program, sponsored by the CMA, a pipeline program for Black youth to gain exposure to the medical field and realize their greatest potential.

Linda Hondros

Linda Hondros

Owner and Co Founder, Hondros Family of Companies

Linda’s professional life has been building businesses to help others advance in their careers and live better lives. Whether it was through education to obtain a career in real estate, nursing, appraisal, or the financial services industry, she worked tirelessly to help and inspire adult learners to find and succeed in a career field that they were passionate about. Whether it was Hondros College, Hondros College of Nursing, Hondros Learning, National Background Check, Innovative Biometric Systems, Motive CBD, Verdant Creations, Thistlegate Farms, and Sakura Wagyu Farms, she continues to be inspired by taking an idea and developing it into a growing, successful business. She believes it’s important to invest in organizations with missions she aligns with such as OhioHealth, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and the YWCA.

Joanna Pinkerton

Joanna M. Pinkerton

President/CEO, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)

Joanna M. Pinkerton’s tenure at the COTA has focused on organizational transformation–delivering innovative mobility solutions to a rapidly growing community and addressing equity issues in transit. Under Joanna’s leadership, COTA launched COTA//Plus, a first-last mile mobility solution in South Columbus, Grove City and Westerville. She also hired COTA’s first Chief Equity Officer, launched an equitable fare payment system, and led a team of 1,100 to provide transportation access to food, jobs and health care during a global pandemic. Joanna has also served in leadership roles at the Transportation Research Center, The Ohio State University and ODOT.

Angie Plummer

Angie Plummer, Esq.

Executive Director, Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Angie is a 1989 graduate of the University of Dayton, where she majored in International Studies and is a 1992 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law. Angie started at CRIS in 1998 as a volunteer lawyer. She became Executive Director in 2003. She lists as her professional accomplishments as helping to position CRIS as a highly regarded non-profit serving refugees and immigrants, the participation in the resettlement to Central Ohio of more than 10,000 refugees and the successful resolution of many family reunification cases. She is also the proud mother of two children.

Janica Pierce Tucker

Janica Pierce Tucker, Esq.

Partner in Charge, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Janica’s practice focuses on representing clients in all aspects of employment and labor law. She advises employers regarding legal planning and policy analysis. In addition to representing colleges and universities, she represents employers in defense against a broad range of employment claims including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful discharge. Title IX certified, she provides Title IX training, and conducts investigations that include Title IX. She is a member of Taft’s Executive Committee and serves as co-chair of Taft’s firm wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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Our 2022 Women on the Rise Honorees

LC Johnson

LC Johnson

Founder & CEO, Zora’s House

LC Johnson is an award-winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist with a passion for empowering women, especially women of color. A dynamic, creative, and committed social justice professional with a well-established entrepreneurial spirit, LC has 10+ years of experience with curriculum development and facilitation, program design, entrepreneurship, public speaking, and community building. LC is the founder and CEO of Zora’s House – a coworking space and leadership incubator created by and for women of color. She is a recognized subject matter expert whose work and writings on the topic of race and gender have appeared in outlets such as Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, and Black Enterprise.

Erin Scott

Erin Scott

Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, Ohio Women’s Alliance

Erin Scott is a nonprofit executive and community leader dedicated to uplifting women and developing more reparative practices in philanthropy and social investments. She co-founded the Ohio Women’s Alliance with Rhiannon Carnes to create equitable pathways for grassroots leaders to receive abundant support, funding, and recognition for their work. Erin’s formation of the Ohio Women’s Alliance came after successfully launching a networking group for young women in central Ohio, the Bad Bish Network, which was created to connect women to leadership opportunities, mentors, and each other. Erin teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs for the nonprofit studies program at her alma mater, The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs, where she earned her Master of Public Administration degree. Erin is a volunteer, donor, and advocate for organizations championing women and girls across the world. 

Danielle Tong

Danielle P. Tong

Director of Capacity Building and Community Knowledge, The Columbus Foundation 

Danielle Tong leads capacity building programs and grantmaking that support and maximize social sector leadership. Danielle has a decade of experience using Lean Six Sigma in health and human services, and continues use of methodology because she believes it has the potential to equalize the playing field for nonprofits of all sizes. Prior to The Columbus Foundation, Danielle owned a Lean Six Sigma consulting firm for nonprofits and has also applied the methodology in the fight against infant mortality, during her employment with Ohio Department of Medicaid. Danielle holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a graduate of the OhioHealth Administrative Fellowship. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work, and a master’s in public health.

Why Women of Achievement

As YWCA Columbus strives to create a more equitable society, we believe it’s important to acknowledge our accomplishments and celebrate our progress. Women of Achievement honors leaders in our community who motivate us with their example of determination, generosity, and courage.

Women of Achievement was fabulous! From the honorees (each of whom inspired and touched me- I was crying throughout!), the mission and message, and of course Angela! YWCA Columbus does a fantastic job on the program, the videos are done so well, and the presenters' messages and poise are amazing. I've been to many luncheons, and the Y does it best!
Women of Achievement Attendee (2022)
This was my first Women of Achievement, but I was in tears the whole time learning about all the women and how truly incredible they are.
Women of Achievement Attendee (2022)
The virtual style event was very well done, from the prerecorded content to the live commentary. It was engaging and inspiring (both of which can be tough to achieve over a screen)!
Women of Achievement Attendee (2020)
I've watched many virtual events over the last several months. This event, by far, was the best event I've seen… The format was awesome and I loved the table conversation with the honorees.
Women of Achievement Attendee (2020)


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