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YWCA Dayton Now Accepting Nominations for 2024 Women of Influence

Nominations are open for YWCA Dayton’s 26th Women of Influence awards.

Since 1998, the YWCA Dayton Women of Influence Awards have recognized and honored the most influential women in the Dayton area, women who have made a difference in their community through their dedication to the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Past honorees have included such influential local women as former Mayor Rhine McLin and Virginia Kettering.

“Women of Influence is a chance to recognize innovators, thought leaders, and changemakers. These are women who make our community stronger by sharing those gifts to break down barriers and help the most vulnerable among us thrive. That is the mission work YWCA Dayton has done for over 150 years, and we are honored to lift up these women in pursuit of that vision,” said YWCA Dayton President & CEO Terra Williams.

Nominations can be submitted online at and are due by Sept. 1, 2023.

Honorees will be recognized at the Women of Influence awards luncheon on March 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Dayton Convention Center.

With an average attendance of 800, the ceremony is the largest nonprofit luncheon in Dayton. Each year, 100% of proceeds from this fundraiser support YWCA Dayton’s shelter, housing, leadership, and advocacy programs. This critical fundraising ensures we can always be there for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking, whether that’s providing emergency shelter or advocating for survivor rights in the statehouse.

Honorees are selected by YWCA leadership and a volunteer Women of Influence committee.

To be considered for the Women of Influence award, nominees must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to, and use her influence to further, the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all her profession and community

  • Give back to the community through her time, talent, and/or resources

  • Not currently serve on the YWCA Dayton Board of Directors

  • Not be employed by YWCA Dayton, including contract work

More about YWCA Dayton

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton is the oldest social services organization supporting women and children in Montgomery County and Preble County. We are a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support. In Montgomery and Preble County, this includes operating the only domestic violence shelters, the oldest 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 937-222-SAFE, the only accredited Rape Crisis Center, four housing programs, and a range of prevention and outreach programs. For comprehensive information, visit

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