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.

2019 Women of Achievement

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Battelle Grand Ballroom



Check back for our 2020 honorees announced in Fall 2019.

Our 2019 Honorees

Trudy Bartley

Associate VP of Local Government & Community Relations, The Ohio State University

Trudy provides leadership with local government officials and staff, as well as economic and community development projects. She, also, spearheaded the strategic plan to revitalize Columbus' Near East Side.

Darci Congrove

Managing Director, GBQ Partners LLC

Her tremendous work and unstoppable drive has enabled her to break through the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry, ultimately becoming the first female Managing Director in GBQ’s 65-year history.

Malika Haque, MD, FAAP

Founder & Medical Director, Noor Community Clinic and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University

Inspired by her father to always help those who are less fortunate, Malika founded The Noor Community Clinic, a free clinic where Muslim health-care workers serve disadvantaged patients.

Barbara Siemer

Co-Founder, Siemer Institute

Her experience as a school teacher inspired her and her husband to develop a program to help homeless and low-income families. In 2011, the Siemers took the first step toward nationalizing their program by launching the Siemer Institute.

Katie Smith

Head Coach, New York Liberty, WNBA

She’s a seven-time All-Star, two-time WNBA first teamer, three-time Olympic champion, and she entered the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2018. Katie is a role model on and off the court, and now, Katie is paving the way for female coaches.

Sue Zazon

President, Central Ohio Region, Huntington Bank

Sue oversees numerous programs whose services include support to underserved populations by focusing on housing and community revitalization, community and social services, financial education, and economic and community development.

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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


Jessica Wichtman-Will


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