YWCA in partnership with the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women will honor exemplary women leaders in the Tulsa community
July 9, 2018 – YWCA Tulsa and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women have opened nominations for the 2019 Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards event. This event recognizes those women from the Tulsa community who are exemplary leaders, who have served as role models, and whose contributions have made a long-lasting impact. Women in Tulsa continue to make change and break barriers, and the event will celebrate those who are leaders in their fields. The award categories for the event include nominations for women leaders in arts and humanities, corporate/business/trade, community building, and education and public service. A Rising Star award will also be given to a young woman between 16 and 24 years of age who is making significant contributions to her school, community and/or work place. A new award is being introduced this year – the Corporate Champion Award. This award will recognize a business in Tulsa that sets an example for developing women as leaders, creating an inclusive work environment, and dedicating resources to ensure a safe and equitable workplace for all.
“We are honored to partner with the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women to elevate the amazing women of Tulsa who have played a key role in helping to build our community,” said Julie Davis, YWCA CEO. “It is incredibly inspiring to hear the stories of these women’s lives, their history, and their passion for service to Tulsa.” Past award winners come from a variety of backgrounds and include women such as Alison Anthony, President and CEO of Tulsa Area United Way, Kimberly Johnson, CEO of Tulsa City-County Library, and Deborah Hunter, Family and Children’s Services Case Manager and poet.
Nominations are open online now through Tuesday, July 31, at YWCATulsa.org and can be made by individuals or businesses. The award winners will be announced at the end of summer, and the awards celebration will take place on International Women’s Day (March 8), 2019.
History of the 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 its 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 voted unanimously to approve the organic partnership.
About YWCA Tulsa
YWCA Tulsa is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. We do this by dismantling racial and gender barriers, and investing in the success of women and people of color. Our programming directly serves the local community through two primary program areas: Immigrant and Refugee Services and Health and Wellness programs. You can learn more about joining us in our mission or becoming a member at YWCATulsa.org.
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. More information on the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women can be found online.