YWCA luncheon celebrates ‘courage to change’

Honorees Sandy Berlin Walker, president/CEO, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati; Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, Hamilton County coroner; Susan Zaunbrecher, partner, corporate department chair, Dinsmore & Shohl; Moira Weir, director, Hamilton County Department of Job & Family Services; (rear) Claudia Abercrumbie, president/CEO, The Abercrumbie Group; Laura Mitchell, deputy superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools; Christi Cornette, senior VP, marketing, Cincinnati Bell; Karen Bowman, principal and sector leader, Deloitte Consulting

Honorees Sandy Berlin Walker, president/CEO, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati; Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco, Hamilton County coroner; Susan Zaunbrecher, partner, corporate department chair, Dinsmore & Shohl; Moira Weir, director, Hamilton County Department of Job & Family Services; (rear) Claudia Abercrumbie, president/CEO, The Abercrumbie Group; Laura Mitchell, deputy superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools; Christi Cornette, senior VP, marketing, Cincinnati Bell; Karen Bowman, principal and sector leader, Deloitte Consulting

A record audience of nearly 2,200 turned out for the YWCA’s annual Career Women of Achievement luncheon at Duke Energy Convention Center.

Keynote speaker Zainab Salbi, an Iraqi-American author, humanitarian and women’s rights activist, challenged audience members to speak their own truth, noting true change in the community and the world begins there. “The journey of truth might be hell, but the taste of freedom is so delicious that it’s worth it to go through the journey again and again,” she said.

The luncheon, which was themed “Courage to Change,” honored eight Career Women of Achievement and two scholarship winners. Now in its 37th year, the local luncheon is the Midwest region’s biggest and the agency’s largest annual fundraiser.

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