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Tribute to Women

Tribute to Women: Nominations are OPEN!

Nominations for East Tennessee’s foremost celebration honoring women, YWCA Knoxville & the Tennessee Valley’s 37th Annual Tribute to Women are now open.

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

You may submit a nomination to honor an outstanding woman between April 1st - June 1st for any of the following seven categories: arts and culture; business and industry; community enhancement; education; emerging leader; racial and social justice; and science, technology, and environment.

2021 Tribute to Women Honorees

Jackie Holloway
Arts and Culture Honoree

Jackie Holloway has been a multimedia artist, with a deep love for nature, since childhood.  Holloway founded Canvas Can Do Miracles in 2008 and currently serves as the Executive Director.

Keira Wyatt
Business and Industry Honoree

Keira Wyatt is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of C.O.N.N.E.C.T. Ministries.  For over 15 years, C.O.N.N.E.C.T. has offered a wide variety of programming, including housing support, re-entry programming, and continued support for those needing a second change in life.

Imani Mfalme-Shúla
Community Enhancement Honoree

Imani Mfalme-Shúla is a Network Trainer and Organizer for the National Participatory Defense Network at De-Bug Silicon Valley, which is a nationwide community organizing model.  She is also the lead organizer of the Community Defense of East Tennessee, the local hub for the Participatory Defense Network.

Rosalind Martin
Education Honoree

Rosalind Martin has been the Director of Education at the Knoxville Museum of Art since 2008. As a member of the Museum's senior management team, Martin is responsible for overseeing the Educational Programs, Pre-K-12 Outreach, Adult Programs, and Visitor Services.

Kirby Deal
Emerging Leader Honoree

Kirby Deal is the Executive Director for Girls Inc of Tennessee Valley.  She has helped grow the organization from a smaller local nonprofit, serving two counties, to a regional organization that serves over 1,300 girls annually through a variety of programs across Anderson, Blount, and Knox counties in East Tennessee.

Gwen McKenzie
Racial and Social Justice Honoree

Gwen McKenzie is the Executive Director of Legacy Housing Foundation, whose mission is to provide innovate programs, life-enhancing services, and affordable housing communities for everyone in need.  In 2017, McKenzie was elected to Knoxville City Council representing the 6th District and became the first African American woman to serve on City Council.

Dr. Amy Elliott
Science, Technology, and Environment Honoree

Dr. Amy Elliott is a scientist by day, science TV personality by night, and even has a 3D printed, life-sized statue of herself in Dallas as part of her AAAS IF/Then ambassadorship role.  Dr. Elliot is a 3D Printing Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and can be seen on The Discovery Channel and RoboNation TV.