Tribute Awards

2020 YWCA Tribute Awards: Beyond the Ballroom

With Title Sponsor Fifth Third Bank Western Michigan






Wednesday, November 11, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pre-show: 10:45 a.m.

Presenting the 2020 YWCA Tribute Awards honorees:

2020 Tribute Award: Shannon Cohen, co-founder of the Sisters Who Lead conference, author, and podcaster

2020 Rising Tribute Award: LaDonna Norman, co-founder of the citywide neighbor group Together We Are Safe

2020 Student Tribute Award honoree and recipient of the $2,000 YWCA Judy Lloyd Student Leadership Scholarship: Olivia Grover, 2020 graduate of City High School

We are also pleased to present the YWCA Helen Claytor Achievement Scholarship for $500 to:
Stella Miller, Northview High School
Lainey Stegeman, Forest Hills Northern High School
Akhirah Tribble, East Kentwood High School

For more details about the honorees, click here.

For over 40 years, the YWCA has honored exceptional women in our community and we are pleased to be able to continue this legacy in 2020. Our theme –“Tribute 2020Beyond the Ballroom” is a nod to the virtual format of this year’s program, as well as an inspirational call to action to live out the YWCA’s mission – eliminating racism, empowering women – November 11th and onward 

Over the course of one hour, you’ll meet our two award recipients, nominated by the community and chosen for the exceptional ways the YWCA’s mission is reflected in their efforts. The Tribute 2020 student award recipient is another super-star and chosen from among the participants in the YWCA’s Helen Claytor Center for Girls’ Leadership. There will be videos and live interviews, highlights of the YWCA’s unique role during this extraordinary year and a preview of what’s to come, giving opportunities (Tribute is still a fundraiser too!), moments for you to actively participateand the formal unveiling of the YWCA’s new Community Engagement Program.  

The landscape of our community has changed profoundly this year. Through it all the YWCA has been here, ready and able to care for those who turn to us. Our work has never been more urgent or relevant. Tribute 2020 is our answer to the immediate challenges of this moment and equally so a new leverage point to improve the lives of survivors by expanding the impact of our mission. Tribute 2020 will be both an event and an experience.  

For additional information about the YWCA Tribute Awards, contact Lauren Sikkema at 616.426.3716 or