The YWCA Dayton Women of Influence honorees are women in the greater Dayton community who through their philanthropic work embody the mission of the YWCA – to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Nominations were solicited from the community and the honorees were selected by a panel of community leaders.
The 2015 honorees are: Marva Cosby– President, Cosby Consulting Group LLC, Lisa Grigsby – Development Special Events Manager, ARC Ohio, Belinda Matthews-Stenson – Director, Minority Business Partnership (Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce), Barbara Mills – CEO, Founder CBD Advisors, Colleen Ryan – Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio President, Yvonne Wathen – Business Development Director Bravo SCM (Supply Chain Management Consultants) and Karin VanZant – CEO, Co-founder Think Tank.
Additionally, the Lifetime Achievement award is presented to an individual who has been very involved with the YWCA over the years, usually serving in a leadership capacity and demonstrating continued support of the YWCA. The 2015 Lifetime Achievement honoree is Marsha Bonhart – award winning journalist, TV anchor, health reporter and consummate volunteer.
“The YWCA has been dedicated to empowering women, racial justice and promoting peace; we have chosen honorees who embody our mission through philanthropic services, change agent work and a heart to share of themselves,” said Shannon Isom, CEO of the YWCA Dayton.
The Women of Influence Awards Luncheon serves as the largest annual fundraiser for the YWCA Dayton. Sponsorship opportunities and ticket information are available at the YWCA Dayton website www.ywcadayton.org or by calling 937.461.5550 ext.119