2016 Woman of Achievement IMPACT Luncheon

Friday, October 7, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Davenport Grand
333 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201
United States

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YWCA Spokane


Women of Achievement IMPACT Luncheon | Friday, Oct 7th, 2016  |  11:30am - 1:30pm

For 34 years, the YWCA 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 agency 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

Learn more about our 2016 WOA Award Honorees. 

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 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

The YWCA 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 the YWCA 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.”

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