Women of Achievement, Inc. was founded in 1984 by a group of women dedicated to honoring the extraordinary women who have made Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee better through their lives and accomplishments. The coalition of diverse civic and professional groups and support agencies organizes events to recognize and celebrate these women.

Join us for the 38th annual Women of Achievement celebration ceremony

Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM (CT)

First Congregational Church
1000 Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Eight local women will be celebrated for changemaking leadership on March 3 at the 38th Women of Achievement awards and celebration of National Women’s History month.

The Women of Achievement honorees for 2024 are:
Courage: Vanessa Rodley and Jennifer Murry-Rodley, Mid-South Pride leaders
Determination: Phillis Lewis, founder and CEO, Love Doesn’t Hurt
Heritage: Madame Florence Cole Tolbert McCleave, barrier-breaking opera singer and educator
Initiative: Ellen Rolfes, philanthropy strategist and innovator
Steadfastness: Joy Brown Weiner, concert violinist, teacher, 40-year Memphis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster
Vision: Amy Moses and Sara Lynn Johnson Fultz, co-founders MOJO Pelvic Health

Pat Mitchell Worley, CEO of the Soulsville Foundation, will host the awards ceremony from 3-5:30 pm in the spacious sanctuary of First Congregational Church, 1000 Cooper.

“This year’s honorees celebrate women who stand up and speak out – to empower women, to write the truth, to protect women’s health, for accessible arts education and for LGBTQIA+ rights and safety,” said co-founder Deborah Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council. “They exhibit the integrity and tenacity, creativity and passion that make change and make history.”

Nominations for awards come from across the community; finalists are selected by WA
members. Since the first celebration in 1985, 270 individual women plus the Yellow Fever martyrs, local suffragists and the women who saved Overton Park have been honored. A three-volume book series captures biographical essays and photographs of WA honorees through 2004. In addition, all essays and images are documented on our website.

Admission is $30 and should be paid in advance by clicking here, or mail checks to PO Box 95, 38101, including names of persons who will attend. We are offering free admission to women and girls 21 and under.

A $50 donation includes the awards event, membership for WA for 2024-2025, inclusion in
selection of 2025 honorees and other WA gatherings.

Learn more about Women of Achievement here.

Pictured are our 2023 Honorees holding their handmade plates, standing with award presenters and hosts. (Front row) Judy Card, Lori Spicer Robertson, Jennifer Pepper, Beverly Robertson, Barbara Boucher, Anne Stone Carriere, Melanie Smith Taylor, Bernice Donaldson, Deborah Clubb
(Back row) Juliana Elizabeth Daniel, Phillis Lewis, Kathy Buckman Gibson, BJ Chester-Tomayo, Mahal Burr, Melissa Peterson, Kim Bearden, Bettye Boone
Photo by Andrea Zucker

Nominations for awards come from across the community; finalists are selected by WA members. Since the first celebration in 1985, 270 individual women plus the three groups have been honored. A three-volume book series captures the biographical essays and photographs of the WA honorees thru 2004. In addition, all essays and images are here on the website. Click here to see all Women of Achievement honorees.

For more information, call 901-378-3866 or email dclubb@memphiswomen.org

View the full list of all honorees here.

The Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail is a project to document, remember, and celebrate the women of Memphis, Tennessee that have made a lasting impact on the city through their work and lives. Compiled by Dr. Beverly Bond, Dr. Margaret Caffrey, Judy Card, Deborah Clubb, Dr. Gail Murray, Jimmy Ogle, and Laura Todd, the brochure and information is the first of its kind in Memphis. Our goal is to raise funds to expand the project in hopes to share the stories, history, and vision of these remarkable Memphis women.

Click here to learn more about the Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail.

Read 35 years of WA essays honoring 257 women and two groups or tour the new Memphis Women’s Legacy Trail from the safety of your personal car – all of this can be found here on our website.

From the Women of Achievement exhibit in March of 2019, downtown Memphis.

Find membership form online here.

The Donate button below will take you to PayPal at the Memphis Area Women’s Council website, where you can make your Women of Achievement dues payment via credit card. Please email any additional guests’s names to dclubb@memphiswomen.org.

Make checks payable to Women of Achievement, mailed to PO Box 95, Memphis, Tennessee 38101.

To order the book series which highlights the first 30 years of Women of Achievement, call 901-378-3866.