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YWCA recognizes Olympia’s womxn* of achievement for 2018

Established in 1994, the YWCA Olympia Womxn of Achievement Award is one of the most prestigious honors for womxn and businesses in the South Sound. The award seeks to center and recognize the accomplishments, professional contributions, and public service performed by womxn in the community.  This year’s honorees are:

Sharonda Amamilo, Supervising Senior Defense attorney for the Juvenile and Dependency Division of the Thurston County Public Defense Office

Rosalinda Noriega, Pizza Klatch Executive Director

Shambricia Spencer, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & the Hawaiian Islands Capacity Building Manager

Gabi M.S. Trautmann, Owner and operator of Olympic Cards & Comics

Business of Achievement: Washington State Department of Commerce Office of Homeless Youth Prevention & Protection

The Womxn of Achievement award recognizes those who embody outstanding leadership qualities, are exceptionally committed to their community and/or profession, and live or work in the greater South Sound area.   These Honorees embody the YWCA’s vision of a world where all people are valued, live free from oppression, and thrive in a just society. They are working to eliminate racism and sexism to empower womxn, and have advanced the political, social and economic status of womxn and girls.

When is the event? The Annual Womxn of Achievement Celebration, presented by Titus Will, will take place on Saturday, November 10 at South Puget Sound Community College.

How much are tickets and where can I get them? Tickets are $65 per person ($50 for seniors/military and $30 student). Doors open for the main event at 5:30pm with a social hour.  Tickets information is available online at, under Events (2018 Womxn of Achievement). All proceeds benefit YWCA Olympia.

Who is supporting Women of Achievement? Once again Titus-Will has stepped up as the Womxn of Achievement Presenting Sponsor with Olympia Federal Savings and WSECU serving as Leadership Sponsors.

For more information  Contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Development Director at 352-0593 or or

*YWCA is using the “label” womxn to encompass a broader range of identities than woman. YWCA Olympia programs welcome women, girls, Two-Spirit, gender non-binary, and queer folks who are compelled to participate in a femme centered space.


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