Highlights TV Show Features YWCA's Women of Achievement


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Highlights: From the Heart of Our Community, is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.
The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.
The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.
The show airing February 19, 2018 –  February 26, 2018 ‘highlights’ the YWCA’s Women of Achievement.

The annual YWCA Women of Achievement awards luncheon honors women in the Kanawha Valley for their outstanding personal and professional achievements, as well as their contributions to the community. The event celebrates women’s leadership while raising funds for all YWCA programs.

  • 500+ attendees – including sponsors, business and community leaders.

  • Features four women nominated by the community, including a young Woman to Watch, and an Empowerment Award winner – a former YWCA Charleston client who was empowered to overcome poverty, addiction, abuse, and/or homelessness.

We interviewed Debby Weistein, President & CEO of the YWCA and Kim Burton, Chair of the Women of Achievement Luncheon.
They both spoke passionately about this year’s group of honorees. The event is a salute to community trailblazers and empowerment.
Deb also spoke about the varied programs within the YWCA structure this event supports.
This year’s luncheon is set for Friday, March 2, 2018 beginning at noon at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV.
We also interviewed all of this year’s honorees.

  • Dr. R. Jenee Walker is a child and adult psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Family Resource Center at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital. Jenee has traveled across the country with Essence Magazine and African American Women on Tour addressing mental health topics
  • Melissa “Missy” Rubin is a community champion who has volunteered with Kanawha County Schools, B’nai Jacob Ladies Auxiliary, the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, YWCA Charleston, the Kanawha Valley Golf Association, the CAMC Foundation, Highland Hospital, the YMCA, the West Virginia Symphony League, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Foundation.
  • Jan Vineyard was the former president of the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association (OMEGA), and also served as CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia (IIAWV), president of the West Virginia Trucking Association (WVTA) and executive director of the West Virginia Wholesalers Association (WVWA). Jan served on many non-profit boards and raised funds for many West Virginia charities benefiting needy children and families.
  • Brittany Javins is this year’s “Woman to Watch.” She is the Executive Director of FestivALL, a multi-arts festival in Charleston, West Virginia. During Javins’ tenure, FestivALL has received various recognitions including “Best Festival” and “Best Event” from WV Living and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the 2015 Wild & Wonderful West Virginia Stars of the Industry “Best Overall Marketing Campaign”, and Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events.
  • Whitney Breckenridge is this year’s “Empowerment Award” winner. The YWCA Mel Wolf Child Development Center provided early child education for all three of Whitney’s children, which enabled her to obtained a Specialized Associates Degree in Medical Assisting at West Virginia Junior College.

We also talked with Kathleen Walker and Kathi Rhea Richards, Co-owners of Epiphany Consulting. They are proud sponsors of the Breakfast with Champions event for 5th grade girls from 4 different elementary schools.
Huntington Bank is the title sponsor of the luncheon, while Brickstreet Insurance is the sponsor for the Empowerment Award.
Click here to secure your ticket.
Or call 304-340-3557.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.

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