The Women’s Information Network (WIN) honored 35 outstanding nominees at WIN’s 19th annual Young Women of Achievement (YWA) Awards, themed “On the Front Lines: Women Making Headlines,” on February 22, 2012 at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
YWA is WIN's annual celebration of highly talented up-and-coming young women leaders making a difference in the community. “The YWA Leadership Team could not have been more proud to honor these extraordinary nominees and awardees. Each and every one of these 35 women inspired us throughout the planning process," said WIN Events Director Brittany Grimm.
WIN is proud to announce the 2012 YWA Award winners:
Community Organizing/Labor Work: Julie Greene, AFL-CIO
Innovation: Alyssa Best, Entrepreneur and Ellie Van Houtte, Entrepreneur
Leadership: Ngozi Nmezi, The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs
Political/Campaign Work: Jenifer Rajkumar, District Leader of Lower Manhattan
Service/Nonprofit Advocacy: Sarah Bruno, Truman National Security Project
Women in the Choice Movement: Tiffany Reed, DC Abortion Fund
Almina Khorakiwala, past chair of WIN, was honored with WIN’s annual Cherished Leadership Award.
Maria Cardona, Principal at the Dewey Square Group and prominent Democratic strategist delivered the keynote address. “Maria Cardona's words were inspiring and elicited cheers from the audience,” noted YWA Chair Bridget Pooley.
The ceremony was emceed by WIN Advisory Council Member Liz Chadderdon.
The awards ceremony was preceded by a widely attended network reception, with representation from WIN’s 23 Networks, Feminist Conversation Series (FCS), Professional Development Series (PDS) and event sponsors.
About the Women’s Information Network (WIN): WIN is DC’s premier professional, political, and social network dedicated to informing, connecting, and empowering young, pro-choice, Democratic women. Founded in 1989 on the principle of women helping women climb the ladder of success, WIN is now over 1,000 members strong. WIN provides women with opportunities to network with peers and leaders in the community, serve in leadership positions, gain valuable professional and political skills, and give back to our broader movement for pro-choice, political, and professional equality. WIN is a volunteer-run 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. For more information about WIN, visit http://www.winonline.org.