2024 Tribute to Women of Excellence Featuring Keynote Speaker Janine Latus

The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is pleased to announce the 35th Annual Tribute to Women of Excellence will be taking place Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. 

This year, we are pleased to welcome Janine Latus, New York Times bestselling author of If I'm Missing or Dead as our keynote speaker. 

As we celebrate 35 years, the YWCA has honored well over 750 extraordinary women for their contributions to our region, both professionally and philanthropically. This year, we look forward to honoring 27 women who dedicate time and talent to making a difference in Central Pennsylvania.

  • 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.


We're pleased to announce the Class of 2024:

Carolyn Smith Legacy Award 
Hagir Elsheikh, HSE Staffing Agency
Karen Snider Emerging Leader Award
Sara Elerman, Members 1st Federal Credit Union
Chelsea Besic, Info-Matrix Corporation
Soleil Carrion, Milton Hershey School
Beth Christian, PA State Employees Retirement System
Maria Diaz Crispen, Harrisburg High School, SciTech Campus
Elena Cross, GSL Public Strategies Group
Lois Duquette, McNees, Wallace & Nurick
Lori Felder, Penn National Insurance
Jennifer Gettle, Dauphin Co. Chief Deputy District Attorney
Brigid Grode, Community Volunteer
Pamela Hill, Signature Staffing
Tija Hilton-Phillips, Highmark Blue Shield
Jade Honey, Penn State Health
Debbie Houser, PSECU
Amanda Murry, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
Lorena Rakowsky, M&T Bank
Leigh-Ann Reitze, UPMC Central PA
Jordan Sallavanti, Boyer & Ritter
Jennifer Scott, The GIANT Company
Amey Sgrignoli, Belco Community Credit Union
Jill Snyder, Capital Blue Cross
Emily Sullivan, UPMC Pinnacle Foundation
Tracy Varano-Garrison, Morgan Stanley
Jennifer Wintermyer, Tri County Community Action


The 35th Annual Tribute to Women of Excellence is sponsored by:

Capital Blue Cross


Members 1st Federal Credit Union


Signature Staffing

The GIANT Company

McNees, Wallace & Nurick



For information on sponsorships, please visit https://YWCATWE.givesmart.com


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

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.

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.


Purchase an Ad

Click here for more information on purchasing an ad in the 2024 TWE event program. Ad artwork is due by February 28, 2024.

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