2017 Call for Nominations

Women of Achievement is calling for nominations for the 2017 Class of Honorees. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, which celebrates its 62nd anniversary in 2017, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Monday, …

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Commemorating Benches

On a 60 plus degree sunny afternoon, Women of Achievement members of the commemorative bench committee were luncheon guests of Joan and Chuck Sheppard at their home in Illinois on Saturday, January 30. The Sheppards took the WOAs to the Gordon Moore Park to view the bench that Women of Achievement donated to the park in honor of its 60th …

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Lisa Nichols at the Technology Partners Cup Dhvani Cricket League Tournament

Oh what fun, and for such a great cause! Woman of Achievement Lisa Nichols (Class of 2011) at the Technology Partners Cup Dhvani Cricket League Tournament back in September. Dhvani Foundation is a St. Louis non-profit organization that has been helping provide relief and aid to those in need. Dhvani members have worked together to raise and distribute over $50,000 …

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Beauty Buzz Coming Feb 20

SAVE THE DATE: February 20 at 10:30 am for 2016 Beauty Buzz at Neiman Marcus. Learn beauty tips (guys and gals) and help raise $$ for scholarships for underserved journalist of the future. It is a fun-filled morning so mark your calendars now. Richard Manlin Photo — with Alice Handelman, Susan Sanders Block, Aisha Sultan Begum, Joan Lee Berkman and …

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Gwendolyn Packnett, Ph.D., attends the 2015 White House Christmas reception

Our ever amazing WOA sister and Vice President Gwendolyn Packnett, Ph.D., attended the 2015 White House Christmas reception with her daughter Brittany Packnett (Teach for America). Gwen says that “the beauty of the White House during this holiday season is palpable.” Photo of mother and daughter team is in front of one of the many White House Christmas trees. Gwen …

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Darlene Roy’s book Afrosynthesis: A Feast of Poetry and Folklore

Congratulations to Women of Achievement Darlene Roy (Class of 2003), whose book Afrosynthesis: A Feast of Poetry and Folklore is featured in the “This Just In – Monthly Book Club” on Left Bank Book’s website.  Darlene read poetry and presented her book to Dr. Eugene B. Redmond during the fall ribbon cutting for the Eugene B. Redmond Reading Room and Collection housed …

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Generations of Volunteerism!

Yes, it’s never too early to teach the importance of giving back. Suzie W. Nall, Ph.D. (Class of 2002) teachers her grandchildren about volunteering and giving back.

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Santa’s Helpers deliver gifts

Rita Swiener (Class of 2010), founder/executive director of Santa’s Helpers, Inc. a 100% volunteer, nonprofit that spends the entire year collecting gifts and distributing them to needy families for Christmas and Hannukah. Last year Santa’s Helpers delivered approximately 26,000 gifts to over 2,000 children and their families in the metropolitan St. Louis area who would not have otherwise received a …

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Charles and Joan Sheppard revitalize pond

Charles and Joan Sheppard (Class of 2006) helped revitalize the Oriental Garden’s pond on the west end of Gordon F. Moore Community Park in Alton, IL. The couple served on the committee and made a generous donation to help fund a new pump for the project. The park is the site that will be home to a bench donated by …

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