Women of Achievement

What is 'Women of Achievement'?

Each year, YWCA Central Carolinas honors three generations of women who have enhanced social justice in the Charlotte community. Women of Achievement honors three generations of women whose lives exemplify YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For our annual event, YWCA is joined by our generous supporters to celebrate the change these leaders are making in our community.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and tuned in to our 2021 Women of Achievement event! We were so happy to honor the work and impact of Gibbie Harris (Lifetime Advocate), Sil Ganzó (Community Champion) and Shavette Campbell (Emerging Leader). 

You can learn more about our 2021 event and our honorees in our blog

Miss our 2021 event? You can still watch it!

YWCA's previous Women of Achievement honorees

Lifetime Advocate - these are mature women who exemplify a lifetime commitment to promoting social justice.

  • Mary Lou Babb
  • Sarah Bryant
  • Dorothy “Dot” Counts-Scoggins
  • Fannie Flono
  • Sarah Belk Gambrell*
  • Ophelia Garmon-Brown 
  • Elizabeth “Lib” Harkey
  • Gibbie Harris 
  • Carlenia Ivory
  • Kathy Izard
  • Cynthia Marshall
  • Jane McIntyre 
  • Mary Nell McPherson 
  • Sally Robinson
  • Jessica Schorr Saxe
  • Judy Seldin-Cohen
  • Sarah Stevenson
  • Claire Tate
  • Janice Valder
  • Charlotte Watkins
  • Velva Woollen
  • Marian Yates

*YWCA’s first Woman of Achievement

Community Champion - these are established women currently working at the forefront of social change.

  • Tiffany Capers
  • Caroline Chambre-Hammock
  • Liz Clasen-Kelly
  • Valaida Fullwood
  • Patrice Funderburg 
  • Sil Ganzó
  • Maria Hanlin 
  • C. Renee’ Little
  • LaWana Mayfield 
  • Deronda Metz
  • Melissa Mummert

Emerging Leader - these are women under the age of 35 who will lead our community forward.

  • Shavette Campbell
  • Antonia Childs
  • Carrie Cook
  • Kristina Cruise
  • Elyse Hamilton-Childres
  • Amy Hawn Nelson
  • Ashley Jackson
  • Natalie Marles
  • Jessica Moss
  • Nakisha Washington
  • Allison Winston