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30th Anniversary of Academy for Women of Achievement

Thursday, November 4, 2021 | Renaissance Hotel

2021 Nominations Now Open!

Individual Nominations Corporate Nominations Re-Nominations

If you would like information on sponsoring the 30th anniversary of the Academy for Women of Achievement, please email Shannon Lapsley |

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, VUMC

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.

29th Annual Academy for Women of Achievement - Full Program

2020 Theme – She Persisted

2020 was 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.

Stay tuned for the 2021 theme to be unveiled!

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.

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

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

Freedom Sponsors

Peace Sponsors

Justice Sponsors

Advocacy Sponsors

Jackson National Life Insurance Company    |     LP Building Solutions   |   Studio Bank

Event Partners