Women of the Year

Women of the Year Luncheon

This special and well-earned recognition for exceptional women has been a tradition in our community. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is so pleased to help carry on this great tradition by partnering with The Enquirer to bring you the 49th annual Women of the Year Awards Luncheon.

The Women of the Year Awards will continue to pay tribute to the ambitious, passionate, and smart women who have committed to improving our region.  The luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.


Thank you to all who submitted nominations for the 49th Annual Women of the Year Awards! The ten honorees for this year have been announced. With a record number of nominations, we are proud of the many women in our community who make a difference everyday and commit their lives to making our community a better place. 

49th Class of Women of the Year Honorees

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and The Enquirer are proud to announce the 49th Class of Women of the Year Honorees! 

Karen Bankston

  • Associate Dean, Clinical Practice, Partnership and Community Engagement
  • Professor, Clinical College of Nursing

Suzanne Adrian DeYoung

  • La Soupe, Founder 

Sister Sally Duffy, SC

  • Child Poverty Collaborative, Co-Chair 
  • TriHealth and Price Hill Will, Board Member

Mimi Mosher Dyer

  • La Soupe, Business Partner
  • ProKids and Kindervelt Volunteer
  • Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha,  Board Member

Sandy Kaltman

  • American Jewish Committee, President and Interfaith Committee Chair
  • Dor L'Dor, Generation to Generation, Founder

Pam Kravetz

  • Artist and Art Educator, Artworks Trustee

Susan Lee Landis

  • Maslow's Army, Co-Founder

Jo Martin

  • Tattoo Removal, Inc., Director

Zeinab Schwen

  • Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
  •  The Women’s Fund of GCF, Leadership Council
  • YWCA, Board Member

Lauren Hannan Shafer

  • Saturday Hoops, Co-Chair
  • CYC mentor
  • Artworks Board Member

Read the full article from the Sunday, September 10, 2017 edition of The Enquirer, Meet the 2017 Women of the Year.

Event Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities

We are excited to offer some new opportunities to honor each of the special women who will receive the award this year. In addition to individual tickets, you may also purchase host/hostess tickets in honor of a 2017 Woman of the Year. Corporate level sponsorships are also available this year. 

Purchase tickets and sponsorships 

Download the 2017 Women of Year Sponsor Packet [PDF]

Download the 2017 Women of the Sponsor Agreement [PDF]

Photos from 2017 Women of the Year Honorees' Reunion

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What happens when 90+ inspirational, powerful women get together? Something epic! What an amazing Women of the Year Reunion event at Memorial Hall we had in June 2017 to celebrate past Women of the Year Honorees and the start of a new partnership with the Enquirer - Cincinnati and Kentucky! See more in this Enquirer story. 

Thank you for joining us as a host or hostess for the 49th Annual Women of the Year Awards Luncheon!

  • Shannon Carter
  • Judy Dalambakis
  • Marty Humes
  • Mary Ivers
  • Lisa Riccardi
  • Susan Schiller
  • Jeff Groenke and Nancy Swanson
  • Jami Vallandingham



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