Women of Achievement Luncheon 2017

June 23, 2017 12:48 PM | Anonymous

The annual Women of Achievement Luncheon was a great success!


On Friday, June 16, 2017 the Women's Network proudly hosted the 18th annual Women of Achievement Awards luncheon at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. Our committee worked hard this year to honor more female leaders than ever before!

Over 300 guests were in attendance and were treated to a very special keynote speaker Robyn N. Gordon of NASA Glenn Research Center, who discussed the importance of small businesses in our economy. NASA is currently working to promote and integrate small businesses into the competitive base of contractors that pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. Their dedication to the local economy and the small businesses in Northeast Ohio aligns with the commitment of Women's Network to our community and members.

Robyn N. Gordon, Director, Center of Operations Directorate, NASA Glenn Research Center


The Emerging Leader award, honoring a young woman professional aged 25-39 went to Laura Wallerstein, attorney, Roetzel. We also honored recent high school graduate, Molly McGinnis with the Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship


Emerging Leader winner Laura Wallerstein (left) and Judith A. Resnik Scholarship winner Molly McGinnis (right) with board member, Kathy Romito and honorary chair, Jennifer Savitski, M.D. 

Our three Women of Achievement Finalists far surpass the qualifications and expectations associated with this award. Their work and dedication to the organizations in which they work and the communities in which they serve is honorable and we are proud to recognize them. Congratulations to our two finalists LuAnne Decker, Fedex Custom Critical and Robin Doerschuk of TalentLaunch!


Woman of Achievement Finalists LuAnne Decker (left) and Robin Doerschuk (right) with board member Kathy Romito and honorary chair Jennifer Savitski, M.D. 

We want to offer out congratulations to the 2017 Woman of Achievement winner, Margaret Jordan, J.D., M.S.! Stay tuned for a special feature on Margaret Jordan!

2017 Woman of Achievement Margaret Jordan, J.D., M.S., business development manager, BDO

We had 30 Women of Professional Excellence, the highest amount in the 18-year history of the awards! These women were honored for their high quality of work within their companies. Congratulations to all of the honorees

This years' Dorothy O. Jackson award recipient was The Blick Center. The organization has worked with the community for many years helping those with physical and emotional disabilities. Their organization's culture is one that promotes diversity and inclusion at all levels. Congratulations to the Blick Center and their team for their continued dedication to our community.  


This event is made possible through local support and sponsors. We would like the thank the following companies for their support in our organization and the women working in theirs: Akron Area YMCA, Akron Children's Hospital, Bober Markey Fedorovich, Brennan Manna & Diamond, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, CliftonLarsonAllen, Huntington National BankKastner, Westman & Wilkins, LLC, OMNOVA Solutions, Robert W. Baird, Inc., Sikich, Western Reserve Hospital and Westfield Bank

Save the Date

Be sure to save the date for next years' award ceremony. Friday, June 15, 2018; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. See you there!

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