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The 29th Annual Academy for Women of Achievement


Watch the 2020 AWA Broadcast by clicking this LINK. (12 p.m. CST on Oct. 22, 2020)

To support this year’s event, see details below!


To ensure the health and safety of our community, we are planning a unique series of events for the 29th annual Academy for Women of Achievement! We are inviting the broader Nashville community to join us in celebrating the 2020 honorees and supporting the work of YWCA by purchasing a virtual ticket or hosting a small gathering in their homes or businesses!

YWCA is monitoring the region’s current health situation and following all local guidelines. Program format will be adjusted if needed.

2020 Academy for Women of Achievement Honorees:

Jacky Akbari

Founder & Managing Principal,
Worthington Advisory

Lisa Campbell

Community Volunteer

Janet Miller

CEO Marketing Leader/Partner,
Colliers International

Sabina Mohyuddin

Executive Director,
American Muslim Advisory Council

Dr. Jennifer Pietenpol

Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center,

Gini Pupo-Walker

State Director,
The Education Trust

LoLita Toney

Ivy Business Solutions

Christie Wilson

The Wilson Group Real Estate Services

2020 Academy for Women of Achievement Corporate Honoree:

Cummins Inc.

Virtual Celebration Options

Proceeds from the AWA help fund the programs of YWCA, including the Weaver Domestic Violence Center, the largest provider of domestic violence services in the state. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email our Sr. Director of Marketing & Development, Shannon Lapsley.  

She Persisted

This year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment – which states that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Though this was a major milestone for women’s equality, it wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that African American women would be able to exercise this right more freely. The fight for women’s equality didn’t stop with the Woman Suffrage Movement. Thus, throughout history, women have had to persevere and prove they belong – whether it was in the voting booth or the board room, City Hall or the halls of Congress. That’s why the theme for this year’s Academy for Women of Achievement program is “She Persisted.”  Our new and former inductees into the AWA have shown up in their communities and proven that their persistence is critical in fighting for racial, gender, and religious equality.


About the Academy for Women of Achievement

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has served women and families for more than 122 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 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 171 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.

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

Thank you to our 2020 Academy for Women of Achievement Sponsors for their generous support!

Dignity Sponsor

Signature Sponsors

Freedom Sponsor

Peace Sponsors

Justice Sponsors

Advocacy Sponsors

Thank you to our event production partner:

Thank you to our 2020 Academy for Women of Achievement Virtual Hosts: