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Tribute to Women

Tribute to Women: Postponed due to COVID-19

The health and safety of our community is of the greatest importance. In an effort to follow "A Community Strategy for Phased Reopening" issued by Knox County and City of Knoxville on May 1, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Tribute to Women.

Please mark your calendars to join us on Wednesday, November 4 for the Tribute to Women event. Note that this date may be subject to change.

We are so deeply grateful for your support and understanding during this difficult time. Now more than ever, women and families in our community rely on the YWCA for life-saving services, and we will continue to serve them during this crisis.

36th Annual Tribute to Women

This 36th annual event recognizes women who exemplify the mission of the YWCA: empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Where: Celebratory reception at Club LeConte and awards ceremony at the Historic Bijou Theatre

Nominate a Deserving Woman

Nominations will open in late June 2020. Please check back soon!

Meet the 2019 Tribute to Women Honorees

Ellie Kittrell
Arts and Culture Honoree

Ellie Kittrell is the executive director of Muse Knoxville. Kittrell is an advocate for helping children find creative and educational outlets.

Dr. Jennifer Ladd-Lively
Business and Industry Honoree

Dr. Jennifer Ladd-Lively is a senior research and development staffer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She leads the electrical systems engineering and integration group. 

Katharine Pearson Criss
Community Enhancement Honoree

Katharine Pearson Criss is a senior fellow at the Center for Rural Strategies. She is the founding executive director of the East Tennessee Foundation and served as representative for the Ford Foundation in Eastern Africa. 

Joy Radice
Education Honoree

Joy Radice is an associate professor of law and director of clinical programs at the University of Tennessee College of Law. She was formerly a Skadden Fellow and public defender and has done legal advocacy. 

Claudia Caballero
Emerging Leader Honoree

Claudia Caballero is the executive director for Centro Hispano. She works to show the diversity, intersectionality and economic contributions of the Latino community in East Tennessee.

Meghan Conley
Racial and Social Justice Honoree

Meghan Conley is the director of community partnerships and sociology instructor at the University of Tennessee. She is co-founder and a steering committee member of Allies of Knoxville's Immigrant Neighbors. 

Katatra Vasquez
Science, Technology, and Environment Honoree

Katatra Vasquez is an environmental scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy at Oak Ridge. She is the first African American woman to serve as compliance officer for the National Environmental Policy Act.