YWCA Cass Clay - Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

Monday, April 30, 2018 at Delta by Marriott
5:30 p.m. Social | 6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program

Nominated by community members, twenty-eight women and five businesses were honored at our 44th annual Women of the Year awards event! The following recipients were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at the 2017 Women of the Year awards event on May 1.


Congratulations to the 2017 Women of the Year!

Jan Eliassen, Advocating for Equality

Linda Boyd, Arts & Culture

Ellen Cooke, Business

Kristina Hein, Communications

Jodi Heilman, Community & Volunteer Service

Beth Ekre, Education

Sister Juli Caron, Faith Community

Michelle Gelinske, Health & Wellness

CoreLink Administrative Solutions, Leader in Women's Empowerment

Sister Peggy Byrne, Lifetime Achievement (Florence Reed Owens)

Dr. Jane Schuh, Science & Technology

Lynna Ngo, Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow

Alaina Johnson, Youth Advocacy


From 1973 to 2017, YWCA has paid tribute to 509 outstanding Women of the Year honorees whose lives, talents and passions have made a meaningful difference. Click here to view a full list of YWCA Women of the Year award recipients.


2017 Women of the Year Nomination Form