2024 Women of Achievement Honorees

2024 Women of Achievement Honorees (clockwise from top left) Joy Brown Weiner, Ellen Rolfes, Phillis Lewis, Amy Moses and Sara Lynn Johnson Fultz, Madame Florence Cole Tolbert McCleave, Jennifer Murry-Rodley and Vanessa Rodley.

38th annual Women of Achievement celebration ceremony

Eight local women were celebrated for changemaking leadership on March 3 at the 38th Women of Achievement awards and celebration of National Women’s History month.

The Women of Achievement honorees for 2024 are:
Courage: Vanessa Rodley and Jennifer Murry-Rodley, Mid-South Pride leaders
Determination: Phillis Lewis, founder and CEO, Love Doesn’t Hurt
Heritage: Madame Florence Cole Tolbert McCleave, barrier-breaking opera singer and educator
Initiative: Ellen Rolfes, philanthropy strategist and innovator
Steadfastness: Joy Brown Weiner, concert violinist, teacher, 40-year Memphis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster
Vision: Amy Moses and Sara Lynn Johnson Fultz, co-founders MOJO Pelvic Health

Pat Mitchell Worley, CEO of the Soulsville Foundation, hosted the awards ceremony in the spacious sanctuary of First Congregational Church.


“This year’s honorees celebrate women who stand up and speak out – to empower women, to write the truth, to protect women’s health, for accessible arts education and for LGBTQIA+ rights and safety,” said co-founder Deborah Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council. “They exhibit the integrity and tenacity, creativity and passion that make change and make history.”


Learn more about this year's honorees.

The Health Effects of Toxic Relationships

Toxic intimate partner relationships can have a lasting impact on the mental health of victims/survivors, even when physical abuse is not present. Recent research also shows that the stress of threatening, violent relationships can have lifelong effects on physical health and well-being. This presentation was created to note Crime Victims' Rights Week 2023 by Women's Council intern Catherine Cunningham from Rhodes College.


The Memphis Area Women’s Council advocates for women on the toughest issues, when women are ill-equipped or sometimes too traumatized to advocate for themselves — especially when it comes to safety at home, in the work place, and on campuses.

This work is ultimately satisfying and yet can be tiring and depressing and unwelcome in many circles. That is why we depend on our friends and supporters to keep our energies high, our focus crisp and our attitude positive, with hope renewed over and over.

This time of year is a good time for those who care about what we do to help us stay in the fray — by helping to defray the costs of the work. Please consider a donation to the Council today.

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