Congratulations to our 2020 Tribute to women honorees!

Adriana Abizadeh, Executive Director of the Latin American Legal Defense Fund
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
Marty Johnson, Founder of Isles, Man of Achievement Award Honoree
Lauren Lalicon, Policy Director for First Lady of NJ, Young Woman Award Honoree

Save the date!

The 2020 Tribute to Women Awards:

March 26th, 2020 at the hamilton manor


Sponsorship opportunities are available below, please email with any questions.

2020 Tribute To Women Sponsorship Form

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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 Man of Achievement Award

The Man of Achievement and Ally Award will be awarded for the first time at the 2020 Tribute to Women Awards. People of all gender identities embody the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women through professional work and advocacy. This award was created to recognize #MenOnAMission who have made outstanding contributions to Mercer County.


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.

About the Waxwood Lifetime Award

The Waxwood Lifetime Award for Service to the YWCA Princeton, is named after Susie Waxwood who was the first African-American executive director of the YWCA Princeton from 1958 to 1968. She was a leader in the racial justice and civil rights movement, and served the Princeton community in many ways.

About the Fannie Floyd Racial Justice Award

The Fannie Floyd Racial Justice Award was established in 2009 in memory of longtime YWCA Princeton supporter Fannie E. Floyd. This eponymous award recognizes a person who has made significant contributions towards the goal of eliminating racism in their community, a key mission of the YWCA Princeton.

Michele Sikerka*, Chair
Fern Spruill*, Chair

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

*former Tribute Honoree


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

Former Honorees