By Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Five women were honored at KYW Newsradio’s 5th annual Women’s Achievement Awards.
The five honorees come from diverse backgrounds, work in various fields and were recognized for all they do by KYW Newsradio and a panel of area business leaders. The event took place at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
“(The event) is fantastic, because it recognizes women who really achieved in their career but also in the community,” said keynote speaker Christina Weiss Lurie, film producer and an owner of the Philadelphia Eagles.
One of the honorees, Barbara Shaiman, is the founder of the non-profit Champions of Caring which has empowered thousands of youth in the Philadelphia area. She said that, through the years, many doors have opened up for women to climb different ladders of success.
“When I was growing up there were three things women could do: We could be teachers, nurses or secretaries,” Shaiman said.
Also honored were Joanna Otero-Cruz, Executive Director of Concilio, the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations.
“I wear many different hats,” she said. “I wear them proudly and I encourage all young women to always aim high and to continue to achieve. Once you do that goal, you have to set new ones.”
The other honorees:
Dr. Beth Baughman Dupree, Medical Director of the Breast Health Program at Holy Redeemer Hospital
Wendy Hamilton, General Manager of SugarHouse Casino
Michele Lawrence, Area President and Senior Vice President for the Philadelphia Retail market of Wells Fargo
The Women’s Achievement Awards benefits Career Wardrobe, a non-profit that helps women transition to employment.
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