Women of Achievement

Women of Achievement Luncheon

Friday, November 2, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: To be Announced

Keynote Speaker: To be Announced

Congratulations to Our 2017 Women of Achievement Awardees!

These six extraordinary women (above) were chosen in honor of their service to the Lancaster-area community—in both their professional and personal endeavors. They embody YWCA Lancaster’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Through their leadership, mentorship, and generosity, they make Lancaster a better place in which to live.

Congratulations and thank you to: Henrietta HeislerHenrietta Heisler Interiors Inc ; Jessica King, Outgoing Executive Director of ASSETS; Susan Landes, Executive Director of Lancaster Recreation Commission; Jeannie Sadaphal, Director of Membership Development, Discover Lancaster; Dr. Fariha Sarij, Hospice & Community Care, Lancaster; and Kathlene Sullivan, Social Media Director at Lancaster City Alliance.

And many thanks to those who nominated these extraordinary women and those who attended our luncheon and made it a great success!

Why We Recognize Women

It is time that we come together and celebrate the accomplishments and positive impact the women of Lancaster are making in our community. Too often, those who shine among us go unrecognized. With your help, YWCA Lancaster intends to pay tribute to six deserving women of Lancaster County at the Women of Achievement Luncheon. These extraordinary women selflessly give of their time and energy to make our community a better place. This event recognizes and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their personal and professional endeavors while supporting, embodying, and complementing YWCA Lancaster’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.



About Dr. Bertice Berry our 2017 Keynote Speaker


VISION: To enable, empower and uplift others to live an intentional life of purpose and joy.

MISSION: To inspire change and transformation through life-long learning, diversity, values and excellence.
No one defies stereotypes, generalizations or clichés more than Dr. Bertice Berry. Growing up poor in Wilmington, Delaware, the sixth of seven children, Bertice was told by a high school teacher that she was “not college material.” Fortunately, there was another teacher who believed that she was destined for more. Berry applied to several schools without any idea how she would pay the tuition if she were accepted. The day her application arrived at Jacksonville University in Florida, a wealthy benefactor called the Admissions Department looking for a potential student “who could swim if they had the right backing,” and might sink without it.

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Thank You to Our Partners

The success of the Women of Achievement Awards was made possible by the generous support of businesses like yours.

Your generous donations helped us recognize these deserving women and support YWCA’s mission and programming, dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA Lancaster accomplishes this by advancing justice through race and gender equality programs, helping keep kids in school, providing childcare, and closing the gender leadership gap. Additionally, YWCA helps people find and maintain employment and works to end homelessness by providing housing and shelter to ensure that families have a safe space in which to live and grow. YWCA also provides programs such as TechGYRLS as well as sexual assault prevention and counseling. YWCA Lancaster supports and stands with women to enhance their ability to make strategic life choices, obtain the career of their choice, and improve their economic situation.

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We are able to host the Women Achievement Awards Luncheon with the great contributions from our community partners! Thank you for recognizing the achievements of extraordinary women in our communities.

Our thanks go to our Benefactor Partners for their support:

BB&T Bank

Media Partner:

Nomination Criteria

There are already several award programs that recognize women in business who have earned professional achievements. We didn’t want to stop there! The Women of Achievement Award honors women in Lancaster County who meet specific criteria, the most important of which is that the awardees embody YWCA Lancaster’s mission—whether or not they hold a prominent position in business. This is a chance for all of us to recognize the unsung heroes in our community!

Nominees were evaluated on the following criteria:

  • How her activities and accomplishments tie into YWCA Lancaster’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women
  • Her involvement and commitment to her community
  • Her leadership, mentorship, and efforts to help advance others