The first Women of Achievement ceremony was held in 1984 at the New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street. The event has been held in other locations, including the Peabody Hotel, but has settled on the hotel at the University for several years.
Awards are given to six living women each year for Determination, Initiative, Vision, Courage, Steadfastness and Heroism. In addition a women of the past — or, in some cases numerous women of the past such as Tennessee suffragists and Memphis yellow fever martyrs — is honored in the category of Heritage.
This year, we are proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Women of Achievement on Sunday, March 30th from 4-7pm at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. Past honorees will be present to sign copies of the "Legacy of Achievers" books starting at 4pm. Join us!
On March 1st, we will officially begin our celebration of "30 Days for 30 Years" of Women of Achievement leading up to this year's awards on March 30th! Join our celebration by following Memphis Area Women's Council on Facebook and on Twitter @memphiswomen. We will be sharing a "Pearl of Wisdom" each day leading up to our Pearl Anniversary (the 30th) of Women of Achievement.
We are excited to present this year's honorees.
Pictured below, clockwise from top left: Gayle Rose - Initiative. Meaghan Ybos - Heroism. Elaine Blanchard - Vision. Margot McNeeley - Determination. Cristina Condori - Courage. Martha Ellen Maxwell - Steadfastness. Not pictured: Bessie Vance Brooks - Heritage.
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Women of Achievement
Women of Achievement, Inc. was founded in 1984 by a group of women dedicated to honoring the extraordinary women who have made Memphis and Shelby County better through their lives and accomplishments. The coalition of diverse civic and professional groups and support agencies organizes events to recognize and celebrate these women.