YWCA National Capital Area's Women of Achievement Awards highlight extraordinary women in the Washington, D.C. area who have made a significant impact in the community and in their field. The YWCA's mission is to eliminate racism and empower women, which is something that the five honorees this year have each done through their work.
Katherine LaVelle, one of this year's honorees, is the Managing Director of North America Talent and Organization at Accenture, and one of our closest partners here at 501cTECH. In addition to her work on behalf of clients and her leadership role at Accenture, Katherine has made time over many years to be actively engaged with the nonprofit community through her involvement with our organization. She has been the chair of the Technology Innovation Awards judging panel for many years, and also served as chair of the 501cTECH Board of Directors.
As a longstanding nonprofit partner and 2013 Technology Innovation Award winner, the YWCA NCA is near and dear to our hearts as well. Shana Heilbron, Chief Development and Communications Officer at the YWCA NCA, was introduced to Katherine through the Awards process last year and the two are now working together on the judging panel this year to decide the 2014 Technology Innovation Awards winners.
Abigail Goliber, Director of Development and Outreach at 501cTECH, attended the Women of Achievement Awards Breakfast and left feeling inspired.
“Katherine has been a longtime supporter of 501cTECH, and it was great to see her work and commitment to the community honored," said Abigail. "She gave a moving speech about the inequality of access to health care and other resources in the DC region. Just being surrounded by such phenomenal women was a treat in and of itself, but being the connection between Katherine and the YWCA made it extra special.”
Congratulations to Katherine's fellow honorees LaDawn Naegle, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Joyce Larkin, and Patricia Brooks-Nobles.