Woman of the Year Award

Woman of the Year Award/NBWW

Woman of the Year, Stephanie Gilchrist
Stephanie Gilchrist, Woman of the Year 2018

National Business Women’s Week is a BPW Foundation signature event started in 1928 that recognizes the achievements of working women throughout history. Each year during this week, the BPW Foundation salutes exceptional female leaders in the workplace. The celebration of NBWW has helped to promote leadership roles for women and to increase opportunities for their advancement professionally and personally.

Similarly, Youngstown BPW carries on this tradition by honoring one outstanding local woman in business each year during NBWW with its ‘Woman of the Year’ dinner and award ceremony, which doubles as a fundraiser that supports the Dr. Anne McMahon Scholarship Award.  During the event, the YBPW Woman of the Year is honored for her achievements as YBPW pursues its vision of the empowerment and advancement of women through education and mentorship by providing resources for a future leader of our community to achieve her educational goals through our scholarship.

If you’d like donate to or sponsor the Woman of the Year event, you can learn more here.

History of the Woman of the Year Award

The YBPW Woman of the Year Award was first bestowed in 1966 to Esther Hamilton, an outstanding columnist for the Youngstown Vindicator with years of service to the community. In the 1980’s, the Woman of the Year Award was transformed into the Athena Award when YBPW partnered with The Vindicator to bring the first Athena program to Youngstown. As the program and award ceremony grew in size, the Vindicator and eventually the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber took over the award program.

In 2011,  YBPW chose to reinstate the Woman of the Year Award.  Since then, the club has reached beyond its membership to look at female leaders in the community that has achieved in their career, mentored others and worked as advocates for equity for women.