Honoring women who exemplify notable achievement and
outstanding service in Northern Kentucky.


The Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards honor women who exemplify notable achievement; outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community; and the qualities of personal integrity, perseverance and leadership.

The Outstanding Women — who live, work or volunteer in Northern Kentucky — represent the great diversity and extraordinary accomplishment of today’s women. All of the honorees represent ideal role models for the young women who follow in their footsteps.

Since the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards were established in the fall of 1984, more than 140 women have been recognized for blazing trails, opening doors and demonstrating leadership in their homes, their professions, their communities or their state.

A word about Katie Meyer

2017 Emerging Leader Honoree

“Katie Meyer is a true stand-out in Northern Kentucky for her commitment to improving our region’s cultural vibrancy, economic vitality, and social inclusion… Because of the spirited energy and momentum that she has helped fuel in Northern Kentucky, I am proud to live and work here and to be part of this place. I know many others feel the same.”

Laura Menge, Board Member, Renaissance Covington

A word from Carissa Schutzman

2017 Outstanding Woman Honoree

“Maryanne approaches each day and each person she encounters with joy, optimism, and genuine kindness. She exudes a zest for life and for people that is contagious and inspiring.“

Carissa Schutzman, Vice President, Gateway Workforce Solutions

A word about Gabrielle Summe

2017 Outstanding Woman Honoree

“Gabrielle is a genuinely likeable person, who works with others and has the ability to help others see the shared community need to work together”

—Arnold Simpson, State Representative

A word about Kathlyn Burkhardt, Ed. D.

2017 Helen Carroll Champion of Education Award

“Dr. Burkhardt is a true leader and is deserving of the highest honor for instilling a sense of pride, ownership, and partnership in all who work with her.”

—Tammy Weidinger, President and CEO, Brighton Center

A word about Joan Tepe Wurtenberger

2017 Henrietta Cleveland Inspiring Women Award

“Joan is incredibly energetic, committed to health care in our community, and the most impressive thing about her is that in the middle of her busy professional career, while raising a family, she still took the time to volunteer and be involved in our community.”

—Dr. Heidi Murley, General Surgeon, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

A word about Linda M. Young

2017 Judith Clabes Lifetime Achievement Award

“For over 20 years Linda has been a tireless advocate for the homeless in Northern Kentucky. She is the epitome of a servant leader. And as we look at her legacy, it will be the hope she was able to restore in the people she served that will indefinitely be remembered.”

—Katie N. Koch, Director of Legal Services and Risk Management, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

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