Academy for Women of Achievement

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2018 Group AWA
The Academy for Women of Achievement includes honorees from its 27 years during the YWCA annual dinner held at the Music City Center October 11, 2018. Photo by Pat Casey Daley.

Academy for Women of Achievement
Thursday, October 24  |  6:00pm-8:00pm
Music City Center | Davidson Ballroom

2019 Co-Chairs | Sara Finley & Tara Scarlett

Each year, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee honors a select group of women and one organization dedicated to improving our community and the lives of women, children, and families living in it. The Academy for Women of Achievement was launched locally in 1992 by YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. The AWA honors women who, through excellence and leadership in their chosen fields, serve as role models for other women. Proceeds from the AWA recognition dinner help fund the programs of the YWCA, including the Weaver Domestic Violence Center, the largest emergency domestic violence shelter in Tennessee.

Nominations for 2019 AWA Individual and Corporate Honorees are CLOSED


The 27th annual Academy for Women of Achievement was held on October 11, 2018 at the Music City Center. The women honored in the 2018 AWA class are:

Kasar Abdulla | Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Valor Collegiate Academies
Sara Finley | Principal, Threshold Corporate Consulting
Thelma Harper | State Senator of Tennessee (ret.)
Latrisha Jemison | Regional Community Affairs Manager at Regions Bank
Sarah Trahern | Chief Executive Officer of the Country Music Association
Beverly Watts | Executive Director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission
Nicky Weaver Cheek | Philanthropist
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee | Corporate Honoree

Click here for a list of our past AWA Honorees.

Click here for a list of our past Corporate Honorees.

Interested in sponsoring one of the longest standing, most prestigious award ceremonies in the Nashville community? Click here for more information on 2019 AWA Sponsorship Benefits or e-mail LoLita Toney.

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