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.
Women of Achievement Attendee