Westchester County Executive George Latimer is joining the celebration of Women’s History Month at the County’s First WOW Awards. Seven local women, nominated by their peers in their community, were honored for their extraordinary work during the pandemic and beyond.
County Executive George Latimer said: “Women are the keystone of our community and society as a whole. Without their leadership, the next generation would not have the drive and ambition we see today. These exceptional honorees have shown compassion, faith and perseverance during one of the most trying times in our lives.”
Awards were handed out in the following categories:
Healing Hands: Highlighting Health and Wellness. Hear from the winner, Nubia Earth Martin of Yonkers
The Next Generation: Spotlighting a woman working with children in education or childcare
Women Supporting Women: Showcasing a local woman who continues to lift others. Hear from the winner, Mariana Alonso-Jusafaj of New Rochelle
Charity Begins at Home: Identifying women helping the community with basic needs like housing or food. Hear from the winner, Donna Brown of Tuckahoe
Keeping the Faith: For women who have provided spiritual guidance. Hear from the winner, Ida Silver Wiggins of Peekskill
Not Business as Usual: Featuring an outstanding businesswoman or entrepreneur
Young Woman of Westchester, a special award honoring a teenager in Westchester County for go above and beyond in their community. Hear from the winner, Joyce Lu of Hastings
The nomination process took place last month and more than 150 nominations were submitted from all over the county and judged by a committee made up of members of the County Executive’s Administrative Team.
During the event, the virtual audience of more than 300 heard from guest speakers who have made their own impact in Westchester County and New York State in leadership, management and business roles leaving many inspired and motivated to take action in their own lives and careers. Here are the videos of the speakers from the 2021 WOW Awards:
New York Emmy Award winning WABC-TV reporter Naveen Dhaliwal served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.