YWCA of Spokane

Women of Achievement Luncheon


2016 Women of Achievement IMPACT Luncheon Registration

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For questions or additional information, please contact Dana Morris at 509.326.1190 or email at danam@ywcaspokane.org.

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Women of Achievement Awards

For 34 years, YWCA of Spokane has celebrated high achieving women in the community at this annual luncheon. Established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane, this luncheon has honored more than 200 women in the region.

Winners of a YWCA Woman of Achievement Award embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all citizens to live. They must also demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community in one or more of the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Business & Industry
  • Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice Award
  • Community Enhancement
  • Education
  • Science,Technology & Environment

The luncheon is designed to express gratitude for our local winners, provide inspiration to the attendees, and raise awareness of domestic abuse in our community.

The Women of Achievement IMPACT luncheon has evolved into YWCA of Spokane’s largest fundraising event, sponsored by more than 25 companies and organizations each year, and is one of the area’s most prestigious award recognition events for women.

All proceeds raised by this important event directly benefit the YWCA’s services for domestic violence victims and their children, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness, child care, and Pre-K programs for low income children.


Keynote Speaker - Ashley Judd

YWCA of Spokane is pleased to announce that Ashley Judd—actress, author, and social advocate—will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Woman of Achievement Awards Luncheon.

While she may be known more for her work in movies and as the daughter and sister, respectively, to country signers Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Ashley Judd has spent decades working as a humanitarian and activist. She has spoken out on a variety of issues from the impacts of coal mining in the southeast to youth with AIDS to alleviating poverty and supporting social justice. Recently, she has focused on raising awareness on the need for educating girls worldwide.

“Ashley Judd has given a voice to the voiceless, raising awareness and making change,” says Regina Malveaux, Chief Executive Officer of YWCA of Spokane. “Her message inspires everyday people to take action against injustice and provides hope for those who need it.”

In her memoir All That is Bitter and Sweet, Judd details her struggles with dealing with her own emotional pain from childhood abandonment and how she was led to focus on humanitarian work and making a difference.

Catherine Kashork, the 2016 Chair of the Women of Achievement Luncheon, notes, “Ashley Judd embodies so many of the qualities we find in our local Women of Achievement Award winners: empathy, tenacity, innovation, and strength. Her story is filled with the same struggles we know so many others have faced, and yet she has excelled and used her talent and fame to help others.”


We will need many volunteers to assist with our largest event of the year. If you would like to volunteer, please register here.

Nominate a Woman of Achievement

Do you know a woman who has giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all of its citizens to live? Consider submitting a nomination for a women in our community who's impact should be celebrated.

Nominate a Woman of Achievement.