Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual 2020 Tribute to women Awards!

Our signature event would not be possible without the vibrant network of Mercer County professionals and activists who strive to empower others. Thank you to our event committee, co-chairs Michele Siekerka and Fern Spruill, as well as our sponsors, for being #OnAMission with us. Donations in recognition of our 2020 honorees and in support of the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women can be made here.

The 2020 Tribute to Women Honorees:

Adriana Abizadeh, President at Catalyst Consulting Group
Dr. Kemi Alli, Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Austin Health Center
Kimme Carlos, Director and Founder of the Urban Mental Health Alliance
Merodie Hancock, Ph.D., President at Thomas Edison State University
Katherine Nunnally, Chief Executive Officer of the Smith Family Foundation
JoAnne Parker, Community Leader
Sarah Torian, Housing Initiatives of Princeton
Jerlene Worthy, Clerk to Board of Chosen Freeholders, Mercer County

This year we also have the honor of recognizing individuals in special Honoree categories, as follows:

Moriah Akrong, Founder of the Golden Lotus Project, Young Woman Award Honoree
Mary Anne Haas, Community Leader, CommUNITY Award Honoree
Lauren Lalicon, Policy Director for First Lady of NJ, Young Woman Award Honoree

Click Here to Learn More About Our 2020 Honorees

Thank you to the local businesses, community advocates, and friends and colleagues of our honorees for their participation in the Tribute to Women Awards Program Book!

2020 Tribute to Women Awards Program Book

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About the Young Woman Award

The Young Woman Award will be awarded for the first time at the 2020 Tribute to Women Awards. It was created to put a spotlight on rising stars in the Mercer County who demonstrate commitment and passion in advancing social equity.

About the CommUNITY Award

Created by YWCA Princeton’s Board of Directors in 2016, the award will be granted to those whose service characterizes the mission of the YWCA to eliminate racism and empower women throughout our region and whose actions inspire others to serve as well. The award commemorates and celebrates the recent efforts of the YWCA Princeton to expand its service and mission throughout region.

About the Tribute to Women Awards

The Tribute to Women Awards is a signature YWCA Princeton event that was established in 1984 and has since, honored exemplary women from the Greater Mercer County area, who embody the YWCA mission, have demonstrated sustained leadership and exceptional talent and who have made significant contributions to their professions.

Michele Siekerka*, Chair
Fern Spruill*, Chair

Rochelle Calhoun
Daphne Elkes
Carol Golden*
Paula Gould
Pat Hartpence*
Sarah Kiely
Paralee Knight
Kathleen Maguire  Morolda*
Pranav Naik
Jim Parker
Kapu Patel
Sonali Patel
Lauren Peck
Jigna Rao*
Stephanie Schaub
Jeffery Strasburg
Robin Walton

*former Tribute Honoree


The Class of 2019 joined by Former Tribute to Women Honorees!

Former Honorees