We are thrilled to announce the honorees of the 2019 Tribute to Women Awards, who will be recognized at the signature event on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Hyatt Regency Princeton. Eight exemplary women have been chosen to join over 300 women who have been the recipients of this prestigious award over the last four decades. Since it was established in 1984, the Tribute to Women Awards has celebrated the achievements of outstanding women from the Greater Mercer County area, who have made significant contributions to their communities, professions, educational institutions, or organizations. Above all, these women have truly embodied the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, through their accomplishments.
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The 2019 Tribute to Women Award recipients are
Barbara Purnell, Community Advocate and Volunteer (Waxwood Lifetime Award for Service to the YWCA Princeton)
Linda Oppenheim, Community Activist (Fannie Floyd Racial Justice Award)
Zoe Brookes, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Trenton Circus Squad
Tracy McManimon, Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer at NJM Insurance
Linda Schwimmer, President and CEO at the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
Martha Sword, Community Leader
Robin Walton, Vice President of Community and Government Affairs at Thomas Edison State University
Patrizia Zita, Principal at the Kaufman Zita Group
*Former Tribute Honoree
The Class of 2018 joined by Former Tribute to Women Honorees!
On Friday March 9th, 2018 eight inspiring women were honored at the 35th Annual Tribute to Women Awards. The honorees were women of excellence, who live or work in the greater Princeton area and who have made significant contributions in their professions and communities, and embraces YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
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.