Tribute to Women Awards

39th Annual YWCA Tribute to Women

Thursday, September 26, 2024

The Tribute to Women Awards is an annual fundraising event that attracts over 400 attendees, including corporate and community leaders, and East Tennessee area professionals. Your YWCA honors women leaders representing East Tennessee’s diverse arts & culture, business, education, healthcare, community enhancement, emerging leader, and social and racial justice sectors. This year’s event will be held at The Mill & Mine (227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917)

The deadline to submit a nomination for this year’s awards is June 3, 2024.

Know an Extraordinary Woman? Nominate her today!

Join the YWCA Knoxville & The Tennessee Valley in recognizing outstanding Women Leaders in Arts & Culture, Business & Industry, Community Enhancement, Education, Emerging Leader, Racial & Social Justice, and Science, Technology, and Health. This annual fundraising event applauds their significant contributions to the community promoting equality and women’s leadership. Show your support for diversity and empowerment!



YWCA’s Tribute to Women Awards has a legacy of honoring trailblazing women. When the Awards began 38 years ago, YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valey recognized the achievements of seven exemplary women and their commitment to our East Tennessee community. This event was one of the many ways YWCA broke ground in Knoxville and the East Tennessee region.

April 1, 2024: Nominations open

June 3, 2024: Nominations end

June 5, 2024: Nominations compiled and sent to out-of-area judges

Week of July 1: Tribute to Women finalists notified

July 2024 (exact date TBD): Tribute to Women finalist reception

August 2024 (exact date TBD): Tribute to Women Finalist filming for Awards

September 26, 2024: 39th Annual Tribute to Women Awards Event

Why YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley?

Funds raised through this event support life-changing programs that empower victims of domestic violence; provide a safe, nurturing environment for our most at-risk youth; encourage boys and men to prevent violence against women; and provide safe, affordable housing to women and their families, in Knoxville and throughout the Tennessee Valley.

2023 Keys of Hope Luncheon

YWCA held its 13th Annual Keys of Hope Luncheon on Thursday, April 27th, 2023. Thanks to our generous Sponsors, Table hosts, Employees and Attendees, over $148,000 was raised to support our Keys of Hope Program.

2023 Tribute to Women Honorees

Courtney Bergmeier

Arts & Culture

Jan Brown

Business & Industry

Dr. Kathryn Ellis

Community Enhancement

Jamea Beach


Allison Comer

Emerging Leader

Femeika Elliot

Racial & Social Justice

Dr. Mandy Halford

Science, Technology and Health

2022 Tribute to Women Honorees

Rose Weaver

Arts & Culture

Ali Fraley

Business & Industry

Cynthia Finch

Racial & Social Justice

Arleńe Amarante


Abby Ham

Emerging Leader

Dr. Kimberly Fortner

Community Enhancement

Rose Montgomery

Science, Technology and Health