Women of Achievement Awards

The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards provide recognition for outstanding contributions and achievements of women and young leaders active in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. Nomination categories include Arts, Business, Education, Environmental, Health and Wellness, Public Service, Social Justice, Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero, Volunteer and Young Leader. Three Young Leader award recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their education after high school. 


Adult and Young Leader nominations are now open! If you know an adult woman or high school senior in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover or Pender County who exudes qualities deserving of recognition, nominate her!

Nominations are now open to the public for the 2018 event - featuring online submissions!

Nominations are free and can be submitted online, via email, or mailed to the Women of Achievement Selections Committee. The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. All nominees are recognized at the awards ceremony on March 8, 2018. 

Deadline to Nominate:
Monday, November 20, 2017
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Mailed nominations should be no longer than 3 pages, not including resumes or transcripts. Please send completed nominations to:

Women of Achievement Selections Committee
YWCA Lower Cape Fear
2815 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412


The Women of Achievement Awards (WOA) is the YWCA Lower Cape Fear's signature fundraiser to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women and young leaders in our community. Since 1985, we have honored nearly 400 Women of Achievement. In addition to recognizing outstanding women leaders, the event also raises key support for the YWCA's programs and services which promote racial justice and gender equity for thousands of women, children and their families in southeastern North Carolina.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 33rd annual Women of Achievement Awards.

If you or your organization is interested in supporting the Awards this year, please contact us!

Sponsorship Details

2017 Women of Achievement Highlights

Presented by: 



For the past 32 years, the YWCA Lower Cape Fear has recognized outstanding women and young leaders in our community at the annual Women of Achievement Awards. On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the YWCA was honored to again celebrate women who have made an invaluable impact on the Lower Cape Fear region through their accomplishments and leadership. Fifty-six nominees demonstrated excellence and commitment in their careers, schools and communities. Residing in Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties the adult nominees were separated into nine categories: Arts, Business, Education, Environmental, Health and Wellness, Public Service, Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero, Social Justice, and Volunteer. High school seniors were recognized in the Young Leader Category.



Adult recipients and their respective categories are:

Janna Siegel Robertson
Arts Award


 Amy Wright
Business Award


 Velva Jenkins
Education Award


Dru Harrison
Environmental Award


Charmaine Lewis
Health and Wellness Award


Linda Rawley Thompson
Public Service Award


Paula Kohut
Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award


Celine Adair
Social Justice Award


Charlotte Kelly
Volunteer Award



Young Leader recipients and their respective schools are:

Autumn James
New Hanover High School


Megan Haase
Isaac Bear Early College


Mina Yakubu
New Hanover High School


Each Young Leader recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship for their outstanding efforts in academics and volunteerism.  



 If you are interested in becoming a supporting sponsor of the Women of Achievement Awards, click here for more information.


Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

Presented by:





Table Sponsors

UNCW Chancellor's Office
Jenni Harris
Welcome Service, LLC
UNCW Rotaract Club
Magellan-IMR Research Group, Inc. 
International Paper



Bearman CPA
NHRMC Auxiliary
ECS Southeast, LLP
Ken and Antoinette Radcliffe

2017 Adult Nominees:


Kathy Bundy & Lee Ann Cook, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Amy Wright, Angela Ives, Annha Britt, Becki Fernandez, Candy Ashton, Carolyn James, Catherine R. Nesbit, Celine Adair, Charlotte Kelly, Charmaine Lewis, Dawn Gual, Demetrice Keith, Diane Emerson, Dru Harrison, Edith Skipper, Emily Jones, Emma Curry Saunders, Fran Kertesz, Jana Jones Halls, Janna Siegel Robertson, Jennifer Harjo, Jennifer Saphara, Julia Ware, Kelly R. Wells, Kim Moses, Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith, Kristen Jeno, Kristen McKeithan, Laura Heidel, Linda Rawley Thompson, Natalie Hinton-Stalling, Paula Kohut, Ruth Glaser, Sabrina Hill-Black, Sylvia Orrell Stoudenmire, Stephania Bloodworth, Terry Espy and Velva Jenkins.


2017 Young Leader Nominees:
Alexandra Erling, Alexandria Augi, Autumn James, Alyssa Delts, Erin Coon, Hannah Freas, Hannah Manning, Kendall Hanks, Lillian Bailey Wright, Lilly Kays, Mariam Kharbat, Megan Haase, Mina Yakubu, Nicole McLean and Shay Webb.