YWCA 2024 Career Women of Achievement Luncheon

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About the Event

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To view the 2024 Career Women of Achievement honoree and scholar videos, visit our YouTube Channel: YWCA Cincinnati.

Trailblazers Social

1:30–3:00 pm | Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati | Ballroom Patio

Are you unable to attend the luncheon or want to keep the celebration going after the event? Our Trailblazers Social is the perfect option for you. Come rub shoulders with our 2024 Career Women of Achievement honorees while networking and shopping from women-owned and black-owned businesses! Cash bar is available. Everyone who attends the luncheon will receive free admission to the Trailblazers Social. Tickets are $35 to attend the Trailblazers Social only.

Luncheon Agenda


Rickell Howard Smith, Esq.
YWCA President & CEO


Peg Moertl and Regina Carswell Russo
Career Women of Achievement Co-Chairs

YWCA Impact Video

Introduction of Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Scholar

Introduction of Honorees + Honoree Videos

Tracey Artis

Bridgit Chayt

Chara Fisher Jackson

Christie Kuhns, Esq.

Kimm Lauterbach

Jill Miller

Alicia Reece

Kristen Schlotman

Alicia B. Townsend

Kelly Wittich, CFP

Keynote Speaker

Yvette R. Simpson, Esq/MBA

Keynote Speaker

Yvette R. Simpson, guest speaker

Yvette R. Simpson

Founder & President

Yvette Simpson LLC, Your Power Unlocked

Director of Culture & Belonging

UB Greensfelder

Yvette R. Simpson, Esq./MBA, is a lawyer, executive strategist, media contributor, author, realtor and national speaker. Nicknamed the “Queen of Reinvention,” Yvette helps leaders unlock their power to change the world in small and large ways. She is the founder and CEO of Yvette Simpson LLC, Your Power Unlocked, a strategic consulting, speaking and training firm focused on executive and political strategy, communications, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Yvette is also a Political Contributor with ABC News and a panelist for NPR. She is a licensed lawyer who serves as Director of Culture & Belonging for UB Greensfelder. Yvette previously served six years on Cincinnati City Council, including four years as President Pro Tempore.

Active in her local community, Yvette has served and continues to serve on several boards and commissions, including the Board Chair for MORTAR. She was named a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, a Top 100 Influencer by the American City Business Journals, a Woman of Influence by Venue Magazine, a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and a Woman Who Means Business by the Cincinnati Business Courier.

She is married to cartoonist Joe Hoffecker and bonus mom of three daughters: Katie, Maggie and Annie.


Free parking is available in the casino’s parking garage. Valet parking is also available for a small fee.

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