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A grouping of many AWA honorees, past and present

Academy for Women of Achievement
Thursday, October 11  |  5:30pm-8:00pm

Music City Center  |  Davidson Ballroom

Each year, the YWCA honors a select group of women who are dedicated to improving our community and the lives of women, children, and families living in it. On Thursday, October 11th, we will honor our 2018 class during the 27th annual AWA ceremony.

Our 2018 Honorees 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
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 is the 2018 corporate honoree.

Proceeds from the Academy for Women of Achievement ceremony fund YWCA programs and services.

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 2018 AWA Sponsorship Benefits.



Mary Lee Barlett / Co-Chair  &  Candice Lee / Co-Chair



Presenting Sponsor

First Tennessee Logo


Signature Sponsors

Premiere Sponsor

Mary Wester Foundation Logo



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