36th Annual

     Awards Luncheon 

Presented by YWCA NENY & Druthers Brewing Company

March 29, 2019 ~ 11:30AM – 1:00PM ~ Malllozzi’s Ballroom

YWCA NorthEastern NY is pleased to announce the 36th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon, presented by Druthers Brewing Company, will be recognizing outstanding women who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in their career and/or community involvement. Nominees have demonstrated remarkable accomplishments in categories such as Business, Diversity & Inclusion, Medicine, Education, Volunteerism, Law, Health & Human Services, Philanthropy, Community Development, Empowering Women, and more.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards, you can either fill out this form or email lhutson@ywca-neny.org with information about whom you feel should be honored next year!


The YWCA NENY’s 35th Annual Women of Achievement Celebration & Fundraiser was held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Glen Sanders Mansion. It was a wonderful and inspirational evening spent recognizing an amazing group of women from our community.

Congratulations to the 2018 Awardees!

Women of Achievement Academy Awardees

Dr. Deidre Hill Butler
Associate Professor of Sociology, Union College

Nominated by: Karen Radley

Miriam Cajuste
Board of Directors, SCAP
Nominated by: Debra Schimpf & Maxine Brisport
Schenectady Community Action Program

Sujata N. Chaudhry
Founder & CEO, Tangible Development
Nominated by: Dawn Abbuhl, Repeat Business Systems, Inc.

Laura Hudy, Ph.D.
Economic Value and Competitiveness Leader
GE Power, GE Women’s Network
Nominated by: GE Women’s Network

Rosemarie Perez Jaquith
President, Niskayuna School Board
Nominated by: Denise Murphy McGraw

Lee Lounsbury
Executive Director at Welfare Research, Inc., Retired
Nominated by: Jennifer Goldman & Meredith Osta

Libby Post
Co-Founder Capital Women
President/CEO of Communication Services
Nominated by: Kathryn Allen, Capital Women

Jo-Anne Rafalik
Retired Development & Communications Director
at YWCA NorthEastern NY

Susan Rosenthal Woman in Business Awardee
Marie DeBrocky

President’s Circle Awardee
Esther Swanker, In Memory
Karen Bradley, Library Director, Schenectady County Public Library
Marcia M. Steiner, VP/ED, The Foundation for Ellis Medicine
William “Mac” Sudduth, Ph.D., Retired President, miSci

Please click for a list of all past winners of the Woman of Achievement Award.
Please click for a list of all past winners of Awards of Excellence, presented at WOA.

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