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Three decades of individual Academy for Women of Achievement honorees at the 30th anniversary AWA induction ceremony in January of 2022.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 21, 2022) – YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee is calling for nominations for the 31st annual Academy for Women of Achievement, presented by Amazon. The AWA award recognizes Middle Tennessee women who have made extraordinary accomplishments through career success, community service and leadership. They are also dedicated to the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Nomination forms can be found on YWCA’s website.

“The Academy for Women of Achievement recognizes women who have made their own unique mark on the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community,” said YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee President and CEO Sharon K. Roberson. “Honorees are passionate about empowering other women and improving the community in which we live, work and play. They are role models to us all.”

YWCA also honors a local organization each year with the AWA corporate award. Corporate nominees must be Middle Tennessee companies or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to aid the entry, career advancement and working conditions of female employees.

The AWA program not only recognizes individuals and organizations for their service to the community, but also serves as a primary fundraiser for the 124-year-old nonprofit. YWCA is proud to announce Amazon as its presenting sponsor for the longstanding event. We also thank our Peace sponsors, Deloitte and First Horizon, for their ongoing support of AWA.

Since 1992, YWCA has inducted 184 women and 33 organizations into the prestigious Academy for Women of Achievement. The most recent AWA class included Dr. Glenda Glover, Diane Lance, Wanda Lyle, Metro Nashville Councilwoman Zulfat Suara, DarKenya Waller, and MP&F Strategic Communications.

Nomination forms are available on the YWCA website, and the deadline for submitting nominations is Sunday, July 10. Honorees will be announced in August/September. The induction ceremony will be held Jan. 26, 2023, at the Music City Center.

For 124 years, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has helped women, girls and families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee build safer, more self-sufficient lives. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA programs include Domestic Violence Services, Girls Inc., AMEND Together, Dress for Success and the Family Learning Center. For more information, visit www.ywcanashville.com.

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Mowery Johnson, YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, (615) 983-5125, michelle.moweryjohnson@ywcanashville.com

Courtney Scarboro, MP&F Strategic Communications, (615) 259-4000, CScarboro@mpf.com