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 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.

Standing, left to right: Cherisse Scott, Miriam DeCosta Willis, Rachel Sumner Haaga, Tami Sawyer. Seated, left to right: Wanda Taylor, Kamillia Barton
Lois DeBerry

34th Women of Achievement awards reception salutes MLK50 and National Women’s History Month

 Seven local women will be celebrated on March 11, 2018 for change-making leadership across Memphis and Shelby County as Women of Achievement also pays tribute to all past honorees whose work emulated the issues and courage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Here are this year’s awardees:

Courage – Kamillia Barton, domestic violence advocate
Determination – Rachel Sumner Haaga, sex trafficking activist
Heroism – Tami Sawyer, civil rights activist
Heritage – Lois DeBerry,  Speaker Pro Tem, Tennessee House of Representatives
Initiative – Wanda Taylor, addiction and homelessness advocate
Steadfastness – Miriam DeCosta Willis, civil rights activist
Vision – Cherisse Scott, reproductive justice activist

The celebration will be at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis with a 2 p.m. tea party reception and 3 p.m. awards. Deadline for reservations— $35 for individuals and tables of 10 for $350 — is March 8. A $60 donation includes the awards event, membership for WA for 2019 and inclusion in selection of 2019 honorees and other WA gatherings. Checks (with Women Of Achievement on the memo line) can be mailed to Memphis Area Women’s Council, 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., Memphis, TN 38112. Or you can pay online here.

 “As our community commemorates MLK50 and the legacy of Dr. King, Women of Achievement joins in celebrating with a special tribute to the scores of courageous and determined local women honored during our 34 years for their leadership in civil rights, social and economic justice and equal rights for all,” said Deborah M. Clubb.

            Nominations for awards come from across the community. Since the first celebration in 1985, 240 individual women plus the Yellow Fever martyrs and local suffragists have been honored at events that draw up to 500 people. A three-volume book series captures the biographical essays and photographs of the WA honorees, And new this year – all essays and images are on the website www.womenofachievement.org. 

View the full list of all Honorees here.

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. Make checks payable to Women of Achievement, mailed to 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. Memphis, TN 38112.

This button will take you to PayPal at the Memphis Area Women’s Council where you can make payment for Women of Achievement reservations. Please email any additional guests’s names to dclubb@memphiswomen.org


Make checks payable to Women of Achievement, mailed to 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. Memphis, TN 38112.

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