Women of Achievement 2018

October 4, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Davenport Grand
333 W Spokane Falls Blvd
WA 99201

Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon – 2018

YWCA Spokane’s 36th annual Women of Achievement Impact Luncheon is designed to express gratitude for the outstanding contributions of our 2018 local honorees, provide inspiration to the attendees, and raise awareness of domestic abuse in our community.

Event Details

When: Thursday October 4th, 2018  |  11:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201
Purpose: Raise awareness and critical support for YWCA Spokane programs benefiting women, children, and families impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment.

You can also register by calling 509-789-9305. Thank you!

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2018 Award Honorees

Each year provides a special opportunity to honor high achieving women from Spokane who have gone above and beyond to give back to their community in the following categories. Please join us as we celebrate the outstanding contributions of this year’s honorees:

  • Sandra Olgard, Owner and Founder, Sandra Olgard’s Studio of Dance – Arts & Culture
  • Sharelynn Moore, Senior Vice President of Networked Solutions Group, Itron – Business & Industry
  • Sandy Williams, Publisher and Editor, Black Lens News – Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice
  • Karen Winston, Director, Children’s Advocacy Center – Community Enhancement
  • Sally Pritchard, Vice President of Community Impact, Spokane County United Way – Community Enhancement
  • Lisa Taylor Laurier, Ed. D, Department Chair of the Teacher Education Program and Professor of Education, Whitworth University – Education
  • Lois James, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, WSU College of Nursing – Science, Technology & Environment
  • Rebecca Long, President and Founder, Future Ada – Young Woman
  • Sister Celine Steinberger, Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary – Lifetime Achievement

Press Release Announcing YWCA’s 2018 Award Honorees

Learn more YWCA’s 36 year history of over 245 past honorees.

Keynote Speaker: Gloria Norris

Author and filmmaker, Gloria Norris began her career in New York as an assistant to film directors Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen. As a screenwriter and independent producer, her films have premiered at the Sundance, Toronto, and Tribeca Film festivals.

Norris’ book, KooKooLand, is a bracingly funny and chilling true crime memoir about a girl’s gutsy journey to escape her charismatic yet cruel father’s reign—an unforgettable story of violence, love, and, ultimately, triumph. Oprah’s magazine called KooKooLand ‘electrifying’.

Norris’s is the story of a smart, sassy girl growing up in the working class housing projects of Manchester, New Hampshire, during the 1960s and 70s, the powerful story of how one girl survives a repressive, violent environment.

Some of the issues Gloria has spoken passionately about include domestic violence, mental health issues, the prescription drug epidemic, white working class despair, and the salvation that education provides for kids like her.

Learn more about Gloria Norris.

Individual Ticket Registration

Guests are welcome to register ticket(s) through our online registration form or by contact our Development Team at 509-789-9305 or by emailing woa@ywcaspokane.org. Payment may be received by check or credit card.

Amplify Your Impact – Become A Table Captain
Table captains are the heart and soul of this event and may assist with registration of a table of 10 or more guests.  Learn more about becoming a Table Captain…

Corporate Table Ticket Registration

Corporate Table Captains are welcome to register their corporate table through our online registration form or by our Development Team at 509-789-9305 or by emailing woa@ywcaspokane.org. Payment may be processed through invoice, check, or credit card.

Event Sponsorship

Sponsorships are key to the success of this luncheon. Each year we celebrate with over 50 local Spokane businesses who support YWCA’s mission and programs. Learn more about this valuable partnership opportunity by contacting Dana Morris, Development Director at danam@ywcaspokane.org or call 509-742-0111.

Sincere Thank You To Our 2018 Major Event Sponsors

















Dodson’s Jewelers

Empire Health Foundation

Gonzaga University

HUB International

McAloon Law

Moss Adams

Northwestern Mutual

Potlatch Corporation

The Karen Winston Family

The Spokesman-Review

United Way

US Bank

Whitworth University

Witherspoon, Brajcich, & McPhee

YMCA of the Inland Northwest

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When should I arrive? When does the program end?
A: The doors open at 11:00am. Be sure to give yourself time to park and find your table before the program begins at 11:30am. The program will conclude at 1:30pm.

Q: Do I need to bring a ticket or confirmation with me to get in?
A: Advanced registration is required, however you DO NOT need to bring a confirmation/ticket to the event. When you arrive, you will be greeted by a an attendant who will electronically check you in to the luncheon and provided with your table number and location.

Q: How do I get there and where do I park?
A: The Davenport Grand Hotel is located at 333 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201. There are many nearby parking options including the Davenport Grand Hotel parking garage and several pay lots within walking distance. Carpooling is always encouraged.

Q: How do I make a contribution at the luncheon? Do you accept credit cards?
A: An opportunity will be provided to make a financial contribution in support of YWCA Spokane’s critical programs preceding the keynote speaker. Your Table Captain will pass out a contribution form for your consideration. All forms of payment are accepted including cash, check, Visa and MasterCard. Your Table Captain will collect the forms and payment and turn them into a YWCA Spokane representative.

Q: I am at a corporate sponsored table. Do I need to donate?
A: If you are at a corporate table, your organization has paid the minimum donation for attendees at your table; therefore, no donation is required. However, we welcome and greatly appreciate any additional donation you wish to contribute.

Q: I have a special dietary need. How do I get a vegetarian or gluten-free meal?
A: We have two menu choices available: our standard meal and a vegetarian meal. Both options will include a gluten free variation at the event for all guests. Every guest will be provided a standard meal by default unless specifically indicate during registration. If you have any questions, please contact our Development Team at woa@ywcaspokane.org or call 509-789-9305.

Q: I don’t have a Table Captain. Can I register individually?
A: Individual guests are encouraged and welcomed to attend and do not require a Table Captain to register. If you are aware of friends who will be attending, you are welcome to provide their name during registration and we will do our best to seat you together.

Q: What is the appropriate attire for this luncheon?
Typical attire is business casual. However, guests are welcome to attend in whatever attire feels most comfortable. If desired, colors to highlight at the event are raspberry and orange. Take a look at photos from last year’s luncheon for a feel of the event.

Q: Is there anything taking place before or after the program?
A: A raffle will be provided for guest participation. All proceeds benefit women and children served by YWCA Spokane. Hope Stones handmade jewelry will also be available for purchase. A photo booth will be ready for you to strike a pose and share online with #WoALuncheon.

Q: Do you need volunteers?
A: It takes a team effort to ensure this event is a wonderful success. We are often in need of volunteers to assist with setup and take down of the event. If you would like to learn more about how you could help please email volunteer@ywcaspokane.org. Thank you!

Q: What about…?
A: If your question hasn’t been addressed above, please contact our Development Team at woa@ywcaspokane.org or call 509-789-9305. Thank you!