AWA honorees named by YWCA

Seven dedicated and dynamic Nashville women have been selected as inductees into the 2013 Academy for Women of Achievement. They will be honored at the 22nd annual Academy for Women of Achievement celebration and induction dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The event is presented by the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee and First Tennessee.

The 2013 honorees are: Lauren Brisky, board of trustees chairwoman, Simmons College; Dr. Vera Stevens Chatman, professor, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College; Becky Harrell, member in charge of not-for-profit clients, KraftCPAs PLLC; Beth Harwell, Tennessee state representative, 56th District, and speaker of the House; Hope Stringer, board chairwoman, The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park; Hedy Weinberg, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee; and Brenda Wynn, Davidson County clerk.

The Country Music Association, Inc. is the 2013 corporate honoree. Corporate honorees are chosen based on their commitment to helping women enter the workforce and advance in their careers, and for providing a positive work environment for female employees.

“These seven individuals and our corporate honoree have made, and are continuing to make, significant contributions to our community,” said AWA Co-chairwoman Beth Fortune. “We are both proud and excited to recognize them and honor their amazing achievements.”
Event Co-chairwoman Rita Mitchell echoed Fortune’s sentiment.

“The Nashville and Middle Tennessee community thrives because of these women’s hard work,” Mitchell said. “They are inspiring, successful women whose service to their community deserves recognition and reward.”

The Academy for Women of Achievement was launched locally in 1992 by the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee. The AWA honors women who, through excellence and leadership in their chosen fields, serve as role models for other women. This year’s recipients join 125 other women who hold this distinctive honor.

The Academy judging committee, composed of business and community leaders, chose the honorees from an exceptional list of nominees.
The awards celebration will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Tickets are $175 per person ($125 tax-deductible), and tables are available for $1,750 ($1,250 tax-deductible). Tickets and tables can be purchased before Oct. 11 by calling 615-983-5110. For more information about the YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement, visit the website at

For 115 years, the YWCA has helped women, girls and families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee build safer, more self-sufficient lives. It operates the largest domestic violence shelter in Tennessee along with a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week crisis and information line. The YWCA offers free GED education to men and women and mentors middle school girls in some of Nashville’s toughest neighborhoods. The YWCA exists to educate, encourage, and break down those barriers that perpetuate racism, violence and hopelessness.

For more information, visit the official website at