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YWCA announces 2021 Career Women of Achievement


The YWCA Greater Cincinnati has named eight Cincinnati-area women as the 2021 Career Women of Achievement, selected for their leadership, vision, community service, and renowned professional success that also embraces the mission of the YWCA.

The women will be profiled and honored in a special television and streaming broadcast on April 22, 7 p.m. via WCPO 9. The event, usually a luncheon, is the single largest fundraiser for YWCA Greater Cincinnati, with proceeds directly supporting YWCA programs and initiatives focused on empowering women and eliminating racism. Last year, the local chapter faced unforeseen financial obstacles as it transferred domestic violence shelter residents to motels in order to halt the transmission of COVID-19. 

2021 honorees:

  • Giovanna Alvarez, director, Su Casa Hispanic Center
  • Vanessa Freytag, president, and CEO, 4C for Children
  • Whitney B. Gaskins, Ph.D., assistant dean of inclusive excellence and community engagement, University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Lisa Kelly, M.D., Taylor Asbury Professor of Ophthalmology; medical director Hoxworth Eye Clinics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Kelly Kolar-Eyman, president & founder Kolar Design, Inc.+Kolar Experience Institute
  • Tashawna Thomas Otabil, executive director, TriHealth
  • Stephanie Smith, senior vice president, chief inclusion & diversity officer, Fifth Third Bank
  • Amy Spiller, president, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky, Duke Energy

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