Women of Achievement


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

For 37 years, we’ve gathered during lunch to honor a select group of Columbus women who have made extraordinary contributions to their families, workplaces, and communities. 2022 ticket information and sponsorship information is coming soon.

Check out photos from the 2021 Women of Achievement event here.


Our 2022 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 a1989 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.Shelists 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 than10,000refugees and the successful resolution of many family reunification cases. She is also the proud mother of two children.

Janica Pierce Tucker

Janica Pierce Tucker

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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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.

It is one of the most inspiring events that I attend each year, and I think everyone always leaves with the charge to “do more.” I know I always do! Thank you for recognizing extraordinary women!
Women of Achievement Attendee
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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