The YWCA Dayton Women of Influence honorees are women in the greater Dayton community who have made a positive influence on the lives of others, as part of their careers, as volunteers, as role models or mentors. They are known for being valuable agents of change and their tireless effort working with the community. Nominations were solicited from the community and the honorees were selected by a panel of community leaders.
The 2016 honorees are:
Mary Boosalis: EVP and COO, Premier Health;
Carol Clark: Publisher, Dayton Business Journal;
RoNita Hawes-Saunders: Executive Director, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company;
Lynda Hoffman: Retired Community Affairs Manager, Vectren;
Shannon Jones: Ohio State Senator;
Debbie Watts-Robinson: CEO, Miami Valley Housing Opportunities;
Additionally, the Lifetime Achievement award is presented to an individual who has been very involved with the YWCA over the years, or has demonstrated lifelong support of the YWCA mission. The 2016 Lifetime Achievement honoree is Alyce Downing Lucas: Social Activist, Champion of Equality and Advocate for the Under-privileged.
According to YWCA Dayton, CEO, Shannon Isom, “Year after year, I am amazed by the women nominated and their selfless dedication to making the Miami Valley region a better place. The YWCA Dayton Women of Influence have a legacy of outstanding community service, social justice, advocacy, and philanthropy. The 2016 class of Women of Influence is no exception and I am honored to welcome them to the YWCA Dayton Women of Influence.”
The Women of Influence Luncheon serves as the largest annual fundraiser for the YWCA Dayton. Tickets for the luncheon are $100 per person for Patron tickets and $150 per person for Grand Patron tickets. Visit ywcadayton.org to purchase tickets online. For additional ticket or sponsorship information, contact Linda Menz at 937.461.5550 ext. 118 or email [email protected].