Tuesday, March 23, 1999

YWCA tips hat to eight area women

Sheehy is lunch speaker

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        They opened doors that were once closed to them. They excelled in their professions. They blazed trails for others to follow. And in May, they will be honored by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati as the 1999 Career Women of Achievement.

        The award honors eight women whose works and deeds have been vital to all aspects of the community. The 20th annual Salute to Career Women of Achievement Luncheon and Awards will be held at noon May 7 at the Cincinnati Convention Center. Gail Sheehy, author of 11 books, will give the keynote address.

        The honorees are:

        • Cynthia O. Booth, senior vice president, director of corporate community development at Firstar Bank. Ms. Booth was the first African-American woman selected as a senior vice president among major Cincinnati banks, vice chairwoman of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, representative of Cincinnati at the White House Conference on Small Business, and winner of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Distinguished Service Award.

        • Sister Rose Ann Fleming, coordinator, academic/athletic advising at Xavier University. She may be the only person to possess a Ph.D., J.D., MBA and two MVPs. She earned the most valuable player awards from the basketball coaches at Xavier, where she helps student athletes design and complete appropriate courses of study. She received national recognition for the Xavier student/athlete graduation rate of 91 percent, far above the national average of 56 percent.

        • M. Denise Kuprionis, corporate secretary and director of legal affairs at the E.W. Scripps Co. Ms. Kuprionis is the first woman officer in the 125-year history of the E.W. Scripps Co. She started as an office secretary at the Kentucky Post. She earned a bachelor's degree in management and organizational behavior and eventually a law degree from Chase College of Law.

        • M. Aurora Lambert, senior vice president of operations at Jewish Hospital/Health Alliance. Ms. Lambert's career in Cincinnati health care began in 1972 and saw increasing responsibilities in nursing, emergency care and patient services.

        • Dolores J. Lindsay, president and CEO of Lincoln Heights HealthCare Connection Inc. Ms. Lindsay started as a volunteer receptionist in the then-new Lincoln Heights Health Center, housed in a four-room apartment, in 1966. After completing her undergraduate degree in health administration, she began managing the Lincoln Heights HealthCare Connection, where she continues today.

        • Lynn Marmer, group vice president, corporate affairs at the Kroger Co. Ms. Marmer is the first female officer in the history of 118- year-old Kroger Co. She oversees media relations, corporate communications, charitable giving and consumer research. She was a teacher in the 1970s, Cincinnati city planner and special projects manager in the 1980s, and corporate attorney in the 1990s.

        • Carolyn L. Mazloomi, artist, writer and historian. Ms. Mazloomi has a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering. Her “story quilts” have been shown in museums including the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery. Her book, In the Spirit of the Cloth: Contemporary African-American Quilts, received the 1999 Literary Award for Best Nonfiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

        • Patricia Mann Smitson, partner/member of management committee at Thompson Hine & Flory LLP. She is the first woman elected to the firm's management committee, which oversees the business operations of seven offices, 350 attorneys and more than 600 support staff in Ohio's largest law firm. With a focus on corporate and business law, she also served since 1986 as special counsel to Ohio's attorney general.

        Also honored will be Steffani Patria Jemison, a senior at Ursuline Academy and winner of this year's Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship. The award provides financial assistance to a female African-American high school senior entering a post-secondary institution. Ms. Jemison is a National Merit and National Achievement semifinalist and has won recognition for achievements in poetry, Spanish and history.


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