IMPORTANT UPDATE MARCH 12, 2020
Dear Women of Achievement Attendees:
There is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and physical well-being of our community members. We are working closely with Community Shelter Board, Columbus Public Health and the Greater Columbus Convention Center to ensure the safety of event attendees, volunteers, staff, visitors to our building, and the vulnerable populations we serve as COVID-19 coronavirus remains a public health crisis.
At this time, we are postponing Women of Achievement scheduled for April 22 to comply with Governor DeWine’s executive order to limit mass gatherings and observe social distancing. We are working on an alternative plan to celebrate this year’s class of Women of Achievement. We hope to provide you with more information on or before March 20.
Rest assured, we are monitoring the evolving situation closely, staying in contact with the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Columbus Public Health to ensure the safety of our community. We are prepared to navigate these challenging circumstances with everyone’s safety in mind, and we sincerely thank you for your continued support.
President & CEO
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.
Our 2020 Honorees
Sandra J. Anderson
Retired Attorney, now Community Servant
From Sandy’s election as the first woman President of the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors, to her current leadership of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, she’s been positively impacting the Columbus community for decades.
Alison J. Barret
Grants & Services Director, Greater Columbus Arts Council
Alison is responsible for awarding approximately $4 million yearly in grants to artists and arts organizations in the Columbus area, while assuring equity and access to funding for all segments of the community.
Regional President, Fifth Third Bank
Francie is driven to make a difference in Central Ohio through empowering women and providing educational opportunities for low to moderate income individuals.
President & CEO, White Castle
As the President and CEO of White Castle System Inc., Lisa created a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and worked to revise systems and processes so that women and minorities have equal opportunities for promotion.
Dr. Anahi Ortiz
Franklin County Coroner, Franklin County Coroner's Office
Dr. Ortizs' focus on prevention, such as the creation of the Franklin County Opiate Crisis Action Plan, will have long-lasting positive impacts on the underserved and overlooked populations of our area.
Barbara Jean Smoot
President & CEO, Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD)
As the President and CEO of WELD, Barbara is tirelessly committed to strengthening the prosperity of communities through developing women’s leadership.
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Director of Smart Columbus
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Columbus Women's Commission
City of Columbus
Director of Development
The Ohio State University
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