Women's Achievement Awards 2019

Cast your vote for Women's Achievement Awards 2019

Meet our exceptional semi-finalists.

Thursday, June 27th at 6:00pm
Loews Philadelphia
1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States
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Thanks to all of the KYW Newsradio listeners who sent in nominations for this year's KYW Newsradio Women’s Achievement Awards: Rising Star Edition. 

After going through all of your nominations, we narrowed it down to 10 exceptional semi-finalists, and we want you to tell us who your favorite is. You can find detailed bios of each nominee listed below.

Cast your vote between now and May 19. You may vote once per day. 

After the voting period, judges will select five finalists who will be honored at our Women's Achievement Awards ceremony on June 27 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Contest rules can be found here.

The goal of KYW Newsradio's Women Achievement Awards is to honor the accomplishments of women in the Philadelphia area and to highlight the strategies and experiences that have helped them advance their careers, businesses and lives.

This year's keynote speaker will be Margaret Brennan, CBS News senior foreign affairs correspondent and moderator of CBS News' "Face the Nation."

Margaret Brennan

Brennan has reported on politics, international affairs and global markets since 2002. She joined CBS News in 2012 and was named a White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent in 2017. Prior to joining CBS News, Brennan spent a decade covering the global financial markets. She has anchored and reported for Bloomberg Television globally. Previously, she was a correspondent at CNBC with a focus on the consumer during the financial crisis.

PHOTOS: 2018 Women's Achievement Awards

Women's Achievement Nominees

Michelle Kott
May 02, 2019 - 5:33 am
Michelle Kott has been a police officer with the Bethlehem Police Department for 15 years. Throughout her career, she’s been assigned to the patrol and criminal investigations divisions. In addition to 20 awards of merit, she’s also a certified crime scene analyst as well as a recognized expert in...
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Neha Gupta
May 02, 2019 - 5:22 am
Neha Gupta is the 2014 winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize, an award given annually to an individual who has shown special dedication to children’s rights. One year after Malala Yousafzai won this award, Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the King of the Netherlands...
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Jessica Mazzeo
May 02, 2019 - 5:13 am
In January 2010, Mazzeo made the decision to leave her job at Greenberg Traurig, LLP and become the third person to join the founding team of Griesing Law. The women-owned and operated firm was launched with only a handful of clients out of an 800-square-foot sublet space. Today, the firm has grown...
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Emily Smith
May 02, 2019 - 4:55 am
Emily Smith is the executive director of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG), an art environment created by Isaiah Zagar on South Street. Under Smith's leadership, PMG has transformed into a one-of-a-kind Philadelphia destination that challenges how we look at the world around us and encourages...
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Dana Dentice
May 01, 2019 - 10:52 pm
Dana Dentice has a strong drive to be a steward of the environment, and an intense love for trees. She is moved by their powerful ability to improve the quality of life for individuals and neighborhoods. As the urban forestry program manager and certified arborist at the Pennsylvania Horticultural...
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Cori Solomon
May 01, 2019 - 10:44 pm
From Carolina girl to now Jersey girl, Cori Solomon uses her past two decades of leadership skills, creativity and experience in youth development, public education, and the fine and performing arts to make a difference in the world. Solomon's passion for arts education is born from the recognition...
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Brigid Jensen
May 01, 2019 - 10:25 pm
Brigid Jensen was inspired at an early age to pursue a career centered on better understanding neurodegeneration. Growing up, her grandfather passed from early-onset dementia. While working at Waterloo Gardens, the founder died of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which affects the ability to control...
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Breeana Darden
May 01, 2019 - 10:14 pm
Breeana Darden, the oldest of four siblings, is a graduate of Temple University, a lover of learning, and a teacher. She just completed her role as a lead teacher at KenCrest Early Learning Center. She teaches because she enjoys working with our emerging leaders and knowing that she will have...
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Anna Payne
May 01, 2019 - 1:08 pm
Anna Payne is a dedicated public servant and patient advocate, acclaimed for her commitment to improving her community and health care to better meet the needs of her neighbors, fellow patients and their families. Payne currently serves as auditor of Middletown Township Bucks County and was an...
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Sheena Howard
May 01, 2019 - 12:55 pm
Sheena C. Howard, is an associate professor of communication at Rider University, as well as an award-winning author, filmmaker and scholar. In 2014, Howard became the first black woman to win an Eisner Award for her first book, "Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation." The Eisner Awards...
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