YWCA of Spokane

Women of Achievement Luncheon


 *Photo Credit: Joni Kabana

YWCA Woman of Achievement Awards
The YWCA has honored women in our community for the past 33 years. These women embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all of its citizens to live.

The winners of the 2015 Woman of Achievement Awards are:

  • Louise Kodis, nationally recognized artist - Arts & Culture
  • Janet Schmidlkofer, CEO, K&N Electric - Business & Industry
  • JoAnn Kauffman, President, Kauffman & Associates - Carl J. Maxey Racial and Social Justice
  • Marty Dickinson, EVP, Umpqua Bank - Community Enhancement
  • Asa Bradley, Physics Professors, Spokane Falls Community College - Education
  • Peg Currie, Chief Nursing Officer, Providence Health Care - Science, Technology, and Environment 
About the Women of Achievement Impact Luncheon 
This year, the event will be held at the Spokane Convention Center on October 1, 2015, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane, this luncheon has honored over 200 women in the region. 

Our 2015 Women of Achievement Awards Keynote Speaker is Cheryl Strayed author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, which tells the amateur hiker’s tale as she struggles to find inner peace and stability during her 1,000-mile journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. Her story was featured as Oprah Winfrey’s first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0, and inspired the 2014 release of the movie adaptation of Wild. She is also the author of The New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things and the critically acclaimed novel Torch. Her books have been translated into almost thirty languages around the world. Strayed’s writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, The Missouri Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

October 1, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
YWCA of Spokane Women of Achievement Impact Luncheon – featuring Guest Speaker Cheryl Strayed  

$125 donation
 Proceeds benefit the YWCA of Spokane
Personalized autographed copies of Cheryl Strayed's book Wild can also be purchased in advance in paperback.

Register below or by phone by calling 509-326-1190. To register by mail, please send a check prior to September 25th to 930 N Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99201. You may also register in person before September 25th at the same address.

Contact Tiffany Follett at 509.326.1190 or tiffanyf@ywcaspokane.org with any questions.

A special thank you to our event sponsors:

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