Cleveland Heights resident Barbara Danforth receives YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award

On Monday, May 14, YWCA Greater Cleveland awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Danforth of Cleveland Heights.

Danforth served as the executive director of YWCA Greater Cleveland from 1995-2007 and President and CEO from 2007-2010. She was one of many area women recognized for professional achievement at the 36th annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon.

Danforth is the fifth recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the history of the organization’s Women of Achievement Awards.

“Empowering women means providing the tools, skills, and strategies for them to be their very best,” Danforth said. “During my years as president and CEO of the YWCA, when my team was creating the Women’s Leadership Initiative programs, I developed a passion for empowering women, especially in the corporate world, to reach the top of their career ladders, the corner offices, or C-suites of their companies.”

“I truly loved my work at the YWCA, but I realized that the time had come to create the next chapter of my career,” Danforth said. She is now senior vice president at Ratliff & Taylor, a human resources consulting firm that provides executive search, leadership development, and career transition services.

At the luncheon, YWCA Greater Cleveland also awarded Women of Achievement recognitions to Debra Adams Simmons of The Plain Dealer, Nan Cohen of Creekside Financial Advisors LLC, Diane Downing of Huntington National Bank, Lisa Rose of Dix & Eaton, and Sharon Sobol Jordan of Center for Families and Children.

Margaret Brennan

Margaret Brennan works in marketing and communications for the YWCA Greater Cleveland.

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