Recognizing and Celebrating Leaders Across our Community: Thursday, June 21, 2018

For the past 15 years, the start of summer has brought hundreds of community leaders, volunteers and members of the business community together to celebrate the accomplishments of women in numerous roles. The 2018 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon is Thursday, June 21, at the Civic Arena in downtown St. Joseph.

At last year’s luncheon, over 1,000 guests were in attendance as we honored outstanding women and employers. We not only recognize and celebrate leadership at the event, but we honor the role all of us play in creating a community of vision, hope and strength.

The 2018 speaker is Dr. Kelly Griffith-Bauer, MD, St. Joseph Native and 1996 Central High School graduate, who overcame incredible odds to become a board-certified dermatologist with specialty in oncology/surgery.  (Read more in sidebar).

Important Dates and Information:

  1. Nominate – Nomination forms for the 2018 awards will be available Jan. 29, 2018. Nomination forms are due Friday, March 16.
  2. All nominees will be hono2ed at a reception held on May 2 at the YWCA from 5-7 p.m. and at the awards luncheon on Thursday, June 21.
  3. Attend – Mark your calendar and join us in saluting women and employers at this We are offering a limited number of tables to groups who would like to be recognized at the event. Tables are $400 and include ten place settings. Individual tickets are also available at a cost of $40.

There are several categories in which you may nominate a woman including Workplace, Volunteerism, Support Services, and Emerging Leader. In addition, you may nominate your organization as an Employer of Excellence. (A young woman in her senior year of high school will also be chosen as a Future Leader and receive a college scholarship. These nominations are made by the high school counselors.)

Nominate women who:

Work or volunteer in the St. Joseph area; Demonstrate sustained excellence and creativity;

Make significant contributions in their chosen field of work or volunteerism;

Promote positive attitudes and high morale in their work or volunteerism.

Nominate employers that:

Provide a positive work environment;

Empower women to develop leadership skills and seek advancement; Consistently promote women to positions of leadership.

All nominees will be recognized at the nominee reception and at the awards luncheon. From these nominees, one in each category will be chosen as the 2018 award recipient. The award recipients will be chosen by a group of community members with diverse backgrounds. All nominee names will be concealed from these judges to help ensure impartiality in the selection process.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact the YWCA at 232-4481 and ask for Chanda Brendle or email cbrendle@ywcasj.org. We hope you will join us as we recognize outstanding women and employers at the annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon.

 

About Dr. Kelly Griffith-Bauer:  

The 2018 speaker is Dr. Kelly Griffith-Bauer, MD, St. Joseph Native and 1996 Central High School graduate, who overcame incredible odds to become a board-certified dermatologist with specialty in oncology/surgery. Kelly will share her inspirational story of persistence and triumph over multiple personal challenges in her educational/professional journey. Her story is sure to motivate and encourage!