CBTS and Cincinnati Bell employees recently attended the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Luncheon in Cincinnati. The event was established in 1980 to increase community awareness and appreciation of the diverse contributions of women. The luncheon serves as a fundraiser for the YWCA, and the proceeds raised benefit the organization’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women within the community.
The YWCA of Greater Cincinnati honored eight women for their career successes and their contributions as role models. Read more about the eight women who were honored here. Two women were also presented scholarships to pursue higher education. One woman was presented the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholarship, which was created to empower young girls and women. Another was presented the Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship, which was established to provide assistance to African American female high-school seniors. Mamie Earl Sells, for whom the scholarship was named, believed that we must “lift as we climb.”
Ashley Judd served as the keynote speaker for the event. Ms. Judd’s passion as a feminist and social justice activist, combined with her notoriety as an accomplished actor, gives her a powerful platform to raise awareness for humanitarian crises such as poverty and gender inequality. Ms. Judd’s speech outlined her personal stories of championing racial and gender equity.
Christi Cornette, Chief Culture Officer of Cincinnati Bell Inc., spoke as co-chair of the event. Cincinnati Bell served proudly as a Leadership sponsor.
“The YWCA’s commitment to eliminate racism, empower women, and stand up for social justice is needed today more than ever,” Cornette said. “I am proud of the YWCA and its tireless efforts to improve the lives of women and their families across our region.”
Cincinnati Bell and CBTS are committed to amplifying the voices of the communities they serve and are proud to support vibrant and empowering organizations like the YWCA.