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Tribute to Women

Tribute to Women: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Tribute to Women is a 36-year-old tradition meant to celebrate the Tennessee Valley's most remarkable women! Nominees can live in any East Tennessee county and will be judged by out-of-state representatives from other YWCAs throughout the Southeast.

New to 2021: For this 36th annual Tribute to Women event, YWCA is changing up the format of the event from years past. This year's seven Honorees will be chosen by the judges and will be announced before the event on September 9th. Rather than highlighting the over 20 Finalists, YWCA will only highlight seven Honorees.

Interested in Nominating a Remarkable Woman?

Nominating a bright and bold woman in our community is only a few steps away! Complete your nomination form here!

Please note, you will be asked the following four questions about your nominee:

1. How has this nominee demonstrated leadership or significant accomplishment(s) in her nominated category?

2. Describe how the nominee’s accomplishments reflect the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

3. Describe the nominee’s traits that would compel others to view them as a role model in their community, area of influence, or nomination category.

4. Please explain why you believe this nominee should be honored by the YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley. Stories and personal insights about the nominee are encouraged.

The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, May 17. Nominators will be notified if their nomination is chosen as an Honoree or not. If you have any questions about the nomination form, please contact Karlyn Reel at kreel@ywcaknox.com.!

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.