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Nominations Now Open for the 2021 Pinnacle Awards

This article was archived on 10/27/2020

YWCA in partnership with the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women will honor exemplary women leaders in the Tulsa community.

September 21, 2020 – YWCA Tulsa and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women have opened nominations for the 2021 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, entrepreneur/small business, corporate business, community service, education and health & wellness. A Rising Star award will be given to a young woman who is making significant contributions to her school, community and/or work place. There will also be a 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.

“Women have played a critical role in navigating a challenging year -- supporting families through the pandemic, serving as teachers and educators, working as frontline workers, standing as racial justice advocates, and so much more. We encourage you to nominate the women in your life who have made so many sacrifices or shown exemplary service in this past year and in their lifetime so we can recognize and celebrate them in the coming year,” said Julie Davis, YWCA Tulsa CEO. 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.

“It is an honor to recognize outstanding, accomplished Tulsa women with Pinnacle Awards each year,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I encourage Tulsans to nominate women they know who have made valuable contributions to our community through their professional work and volunteer activities.”

Nominations are open online Monday, September 21 through Monday, October 26, at YWCATULSA.ORG and can be made by individuals or businesses. The award winners will be announced in January 2021, and the awards gala will take place in late April. Click Here to submit your nomination today!

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, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA Tulsa programming directly serves the local community through two primary program areas: Immigrant and Refugee Services and Health and Wellness programs. More information about the mission of YWCA Tulsa and how to become a member is available at

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.