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Information regarding the 31st Annual Academy for Women of Achievement nomination process and celebration to be announced. Email Makinzi Greener, Development & Events Coordinator, for more information.

30th Anniversary of the
Academy for Women of Achievement

Co-Chairs: Marilyn Dubree, Cynthia Whitfield-Story, Christie Wilson


YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has served women and families for 124 years and works to advance the quality of life for women of all ages, races, and faiths. Our programs and services help them move from safety to self-sufficiency. YWCA exists to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Each year, YWCA pays tribute to women who are making significant contributions to our community. Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA) honorees are passionate about empowering women and they make Nashville a more inclusive, informed, just, healthy, and thriving place to live. The AWA 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. Our 2021 recipients joined 179 other women who were honored previously with this distinction. The Academy’s independent judging committee, composed of community and business leaders, select honorees from an exceptional list of nominees.

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2021 Academy for Women of Achievement Honorees

Dr. Glenda Glover

President,
Tennessee State University

Diane Lance

Department Head,
Metro Nashville Office of Family Safety

Wanda Lyle

Retired Managing Director and President,
UBS Business Solutions US LLC

Zulfat Suara

Councilmember at Large,
Metropolitan Government of Nashville/Davidson County

DarKenya Waller

Executive Director,
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

Corporate Honoree

Make a gift in honor of an AWA honoree!

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Proceeds from AWA help fund the programs of YWCA, including Weaver Domestic Violence Center, the largest provider of domestic violence services in the state. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email Development & Events Coordinator, Makinzi Greener.

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Revolutions don’t appear out of thin air.  They start small.  Then, they become mighty.

For YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, the revolution to provide a better future for women and families took root in the hearts of bold and determined women more than a century ago. The vision to recognize those individuals who have helped create a stronger, more generous and more just community began 30 years ago with the founding of the Academy for Women of Achievement. 

Today, we celebrate those early achievements.  Tomorrow, we march on.


Thank you to our 30th Anniversary for the Academy for Women of Achievement Sponsors and their generous support!

Dignity Sponsor

Freedom Sponsors

Peace Sponsors

Justice Sponsors

The Enchiridion Foundation


Marketing & Media Sponsors

Advocacy Sponsors

Cumberland Trust  |  Jackson National Life Insurance Company   |   INSPIRE1, LLC   |   LBMC   |   LP Building Solutions   |   Mars Petcare  |   Scarlett Family Foundation   |   Studio Bank   |   Turner Construction Company

 

Event Partners