Academy for Women of Achievement

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30th Anniversary
Academy for Women of Achievement

Tuesday, February 22, 2022  |  Renaissance Hotel Nashville

5pm Cocktail Hour, 6pm Live Program

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

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has served women and families for more than 123 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. This year’s recipients will join 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.

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee makes the health and safety of our guests a priority. As a result, we recommend guests be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before the event. We also request guests wear a mask when not eating or drinking. This protocol is based on current CDC recommendations and subject to change.

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

By attending AWA, you acknowledge that you are aware of the risks involved with attending and acknowledge that you are choosing to do so on your own accord. Furthermore, you agree to waive and release YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee from liability for any claim, including any claim related to COVID-19.


Can’t join us at the live event? Consider making a gift in honor of one the current or past honorees! Click the button below, and on the form select the checkbox under ‘Tribute Gift.’

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 Sr. Director of Marketing & Development, Shannon Lapsley.


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.


Click here for past Individual Honorees Click here for past Corporate Honorees

Thank you to our 2021 Academy for Women of Achievement Sponsors and their generous support!

Dignity Sponsor

Freedom Sponsors

Peace Sponsors

Justice Sponsors

Marketing & Media Sponsors

Advocacy Sponsors

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