The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and YWCA Tulsa have announced winners of the six Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards and one Anna C. Roth Legacy Award. Winners will be honored on Friday, March 8, 2019 at DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Tulsa with a spectacular event featuring a grand tasting with women-owned and/or women-made wines, brews, and spirits, dazzling entertainment, and a program and tribute to these deserving award winners.
Here are the winners of the 2019 Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards in the following categories:
Arts and Humanities – M. Teresa Valero, co-founder and creative director of Third Floor Design, a student-run design studio, and champion of “Citizen Designers”
Community Building – Nelda English, tireless advocate for education, health, and economic development in north Tulsa
Corporate/Business/Trade – Jennifer Loren, Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of Osiyo: Voices of the Cherokee People
Corporate Champion – Switchgear Search and Recruiting, Liz Brolick (attending for Switchgear)
Education and Public Service – Kimberly Butler, George Kaiser Family Foundation senior program officer who is passionate about and fights for gains in maternal and child health
Rising Star – Jordan Noelle-Rene Flippo, founder of Open the World with a Book, an international program for distribution of books to children in need
Anna C. Roth Legacy Award – Sharon King Davis
For tickets, go to https://www.tulsapearlparty.org/
History of the Two Awards
Two powerhouse advocates for women’s rights merged in 2015 to bring the first-ever Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards ceremony to Tulsa. The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women has honored more than 200 Tulsa women with the Pinnacle Award since its inception in 1987. After celebrating their 100-year anniversary in December 2014, YWCA honored their first Women of the Year at Wine, Women and Shoes in April 2015. Given the success of both awards and the shared objective, YWCA’s board of directors and the Mayor’s Commission voted unanimously to approve the organic partnership.
YWCA is on a mission to stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. Each year YWCA creates real change in the lives of more than 10,000 women, men, and children through direct service programs while also focusing on advocacy efforts that reduce disparities in our region. YWCA’s work begins with a focus on empowering and advancing ALL women, making racial justice - along with women’s empowerment – a core component of its mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
About the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women
The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women acts as the central clearinghouse and coordinating agency for activities and information relating to women. The commission is charged with helping women develop a collective voice to influence public policy and effect positive changes in their lives, in addition to stimulating research in the area of women’s legal rights; educating the community on the status of women by publicizing information on women’s rights and obligations; reviewing the range of services available to women to enable them to fully contribute to society through their homes and participation in community life; and to strengthening existing services and assisting public, commercial, cooperative or voluntary agencies in pursuing needed services.