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Nominations open for 2019 ywca olympia womxn* & business of achievement

25th Annual Event Features Special Guest Ijeoma Oluo

(OLYMPIA, Wash.) – YWCA Olympia is pleased to announce that nominations for their Annual Womxn & Business of Achievement awards will be accepted from now to Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

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 and seeks to center and recognize the accomplishments, professional contributions, and public service performed by womxn in the community. 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. Our Honorees are working to eliminate racism and sexism to empower womxn, have advanced the political, social and/or economic status of womxn and girls, and embody the YWCA’s vision of a world where all people are valued, live free from oppression, and thrive in a just society.

YWCA is also seeking nominations for employers who are actively working to create a more equitable workplace. We encourage nominations for both private and public employers as well as large and small companies in the South Sound (Thurston, Mason & Lewis Counties).

This year’s special guest is Ijeoma Oluo, a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller.  She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets.

When is the event? The Annual Womxn of Achievement Celebration will take place on Saturday, November 2 at South Puget Sound Community College.

When can I nominate someone? The nomination portal will open on July 25 and will consist of three questions which can be completed on the agency website ( or in a Word document.

When will tickets go on sale and where can I get them? Ticket information will be available online at under Events (2019 Womxn of Achievement). All proceeds benefit YWCA Olympia.

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

*YWCA is using the “label” womxn to encompass a broader range of identities than woman and is based on self-identity

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