2022 Tribute to Women of Excellence

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is pleased to announce the Tribute to Women of Excellence will be taking place Thursday, March 24 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. 

During the last 33 years, the YWCA has honored well over 700 extraordinary women for their contributions to our region, both professionally and philanthropically. This year, we look forward to honoring 25 women who dedicate time and talent to making a difference in Central Pennsylvania.

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  • participates actively in the community as a mentor, volunteer or role model
  • demonstrates integrity, strength of character and leadership
  • and embraces the vision and mission of the YWCA.


Meet the Class of 2022 

Lynn Brooks, Life's Journey Therapy Solutions
Melisa Burnett, Hamilton Health Center
Raeann Buskey – EMERGING LEADER, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Susan Cort, JPL
Katharine Dalke, MD, Penn State Health
Joyce Davis – LEGACY AWARD, PA Media Group
Lindsay Drew, iChase Solutions Marketing, LLC
Heather Eickhoff, PHR, SHRM-CP, Gannett Fleming
Suzanne Engels, Capital Blue Cross
Tracy Fleager, Penn National Insurance
Jeshanah Fox, Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz
Dr. Oralia Garcia Dominic, Highmark Blue Shield
Annie Garner, Dauphin County Library System
Becky Giannelli, PSECU
Shannon Gierasch, West Shore Home
Jodi Griffis, M&T Bank
Dr. Kimberly Harbaugh, Penn State Health
Phyllis Harmon, LeTort Trust
Brenna Kernan, Members 1st Federal Credit Union
Emily Lewis, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kit Lu, UPMC
Ashley Mentzer, Thrive Fit Co.
Rosie Mesich, KPMG
Elizabeth Mihmet, Hospice of Central PA
Meera Modi, McNees Wallace & Nurick
Leah Payne, Christian Churches United
Susan Roof, Board of the Central PA Food Bank
Lauren Turnbull, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

The Tribute to Women of Excellence event not only spotlights honorees, but also raises essential funds so that the YWCA Greater Harrisburg can continue providing life-changing programs and services. From emergency shelter and legal clinic, to child development and employment readiness programs, we could not do this important work without the generosity of supporters like you.


Thank you to our Sponsors

Premiere Sponsor

Highmark Blue Shield


Visionary Sponsor

Boyer & Ritter

Gannet Fleming, Inc.

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

Penn State Health


Leader Sponsors

Capital BlueCross

Hospice of Central PA

M&T Bank

Members 1st Federal Credit Union

PA Media Group


The Foundation for Enhancing Communities



Advocate Sponsor

Hilary Peery Vesell, Esq.




Please consider sponsoring this premier event. TWE sponsors are viewed as leaders in the promotion of women who play vital roles in this community, as well as women who are struggling to achieve self-sufficiency and safety for themselves and their children. This is your opportunity to demonstrate a corporate and/or personal commitment to the YWCA and our community, and to honor a Woman of Excellence!

TWE honorees are the pillars of this community; they deserve to be recognized for the respective roles they play in improving the lives of all who live in the area.

Click here to view the Class of 2020

Click here to view the past Carolyne L. Smith Legacy and Karen F. Snider Emerging Leader Award Recipients

For a full list of TWE honorees:

By Class Year

By Name

Sponsor the Event

Do you or does your organization value honoring outstanding women in the community? Consider sponsoring TWE this year! Click here for more information to sponsor the event.

Purchase an Ad

Click here for more information on purchasing an ad in the 2021 TWE event program. Ad artwork is due by Friday, February 4, 2021.

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