2021 Heart & Excellence Awards

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2021 Heart & Excellence Honorees

The YWCA Glendale and Pasadena is delighted to announce that our 24th Annual Heart & Excellence Awards will take place virtually on April 14, 2021 from 12PM-1PM. This event will bring together distinguished guests, government officials, business industry leaders, and current and past event honorees, who exemplify excellence and amplify the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

This year’s event theme is Rise to Recovery and will recognize women from Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena who have demonstrated tremendous leadership in navigating the many challenges of COVID-19 and have answered the urgent calls for racial, gender, and social justice.
Public Service Award: Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Board Supervisor, 5th District

Business & Industry Award: Alicia Procello, President, Avery Dennison Foundation & Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Avery Dennison

Education Award:  Dr. Vivian Ekchian, Superintendent, Glendale Unified School District

Healthcare Award: Rev. Cassie McCarty, Director of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care Services, Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital

Social Justice Award: Elen Asatryan, Founder and CEO, The Stark Group

Young Woman Award: Gabrielle Scott, Student and Organizer of Glendale’s March for Black Lives

Trailblazer Award: Marie Y. Lemelle, Founder and CEO, Platinum Star PR

Community Service Award: Gloria Salas, Area 3 Director for Zonta International District 9, Immediate Past President, Zonta Club of Burbank

Learn More About Our Heart & Excellence Awards HERE