Recognizing and Celebrating Leaders Across our Community at the St. Joseph Civic Arena

For the past 17 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 2019 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon is Thursday, June 20, at the Civic Arena in downtown St. Joseph.

At the 2018 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 2019 keynote speaker is Monique Holland. Monique holds a master’s degree in sports administration and a Bachelor of Science in therapeutic recreation. In 2018, she became Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Experience at Auburn University. (Read more below).

Steve’s Challenge
Steve’s Challenge is a much-anticipated element of the Women of Excellence event each year. It’s a chance for attendees to place a bid by cash, check, or pledge in their table’s persimmon envelope. At each table, one lucky person was drawn from the persimmon envelope and won the centerpiece. In addition, one table won a special prize for their combined contributions to Steve’s Challenge. It’s a great way to support the mission of the YWCA!

Did you know? Steve Craig matched the monies raised dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. Imagine what that means for the women and children served by the YWCA!

About Monique Holland :  

The 2019 speaker is Monique Holland, who spent the previous nine years as Executive Senior Associate AD for Administration and the Senior Women Administrator at SMU, has previously served as a Division I Athletics Director and was an Academic All- American basketball Player at Alabama State. Holland has over 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics as a coach and athletic administrator. At SMU, Holland served as Chair of the Sport Administrators’ group, offering oversight, guidance and support in coordination with the appropriate NCAA, AAC, and University officials. Her story is sure to motivate and encourage!

The 2019 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon is Thursday, June 20, at the Civic Arena in downtown St. Joseph.  Reserve your spot here!
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The Nominee Reception was held at the YWCA on May 8, 2019 for the nominees and their nominators. The awardee for each category will be announced during the 2019 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 20, at the Civic Arena in Downtown St. Joseph; 11:30-1:00 pm. If you have any questions or want to make a reservation, call at 816.232.4481 or email