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2021 PINNACLE AWARD WINNERS

Jane A. Malone

Winner, Anna C. Roth Legacy Award

Jane is a resilient advocate for a more inclusive and equitable Tulsa. For six decades she held prominent leadership roles with Neighborhood Housing Services, the NAACP, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

Tulsa Area United Way

Winner, Corporate Champion

Since its inception in 1924, Tulsa Area United Way has been a community champion, raising nearly $850 million dollars to build a social safety net for the most vulnerable. TAUW strives to break barriers for women and people of color.

Jerica Wortham

Winner, Arts & Humanities

Jerica works as the Project Director for the Greenwood Art Project. As a Tulsa native and poet, she has a history of advocating for all voices to be heard. She is a business coach, humanitarian, and philanthropist.

Vanessa Hall-Harper

Winner, Community Service

Vanessa is the Tulsa City Council Chair. A shining example of public service, Hall-Harper, continues to serve Tulsa County District One and improve health outcomes for Tulsans as the THD's Healthy Living Program Program Manager.

Ashley Phillipsen

Winner, Corporate Business

Ashley serves as the Senior Director of Engagement & Advocacy at ImpactTulsa. She also serves as the Commemoration Sub-Committee Chair, for 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.

Jennettie Marshall

Winner, Education

Jennettie has an extensive list of volunteer experiences from the Tulsa Board of Education to establishing the North Tulsa Community Education Task Force. She is also the Pastor of Cummings Cole C.M.E. Church.

Cheryl Cohenour

Winner, Entrepreneur

With more than 32 years of small business ownership in Tulsa, Cheryl has also supported Native American firms as a business consultant and community volunteer.

Dr. Kaul Manju

Winner, Health & Wellness

Dr. Manju has been a clinical psychologist in Tulsa for more than 22 years, and served this community through a variety of different boards including Tulsa Area United Way and South Tulsa Community House.

Janel Pasley

Winner, Rising Star

Having served Tulsa as a community coalition builder, Janel has advocated through the North Tulsa Community Coalition since 2016. Professionally she has worked toward improving health outcomes and community engagement at the Tulsa Health Department.

Read the Full Winner Press Release Here

PINNACLE AWARDS

Two powerhouse advocates for women’s rights merged forces in 2015 to bring the first ever Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards ceremony to Tulsa. The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women has honored more than 200 Tulsa women with the Pinnacle Award since its inception in 1987. After celebrating their 100-year anniversary in December 2014, YWCA honored their first Women of the Year at Wine, Women and Shoes in April 2015. Given the success of both awards and the shared objective, YWCA’s board of directors and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women voted unanimously to approve the organic partnership. Over the past 5 years we’ve collectively honored approximately 40 women.

PINNACLE AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

Arts & Humanities
Recognizes a leader in the arts: visual artist, dancer, musician, actor, writer, poet, playwright

Community Service
Recognizes someone who has given back to their community through volunteering, participation in a board, or committee, public office

Corporate Business
Recognizes a leader in the business community

Entrepreneur/Small Business
Recognizes a small business owner (under 50 employees) or professional

Education
Recognizes a leader in education: teacher, administrator, volunteer

Health & Wellness
Recognizes a health professional: practicing medicine, mental health or wellness

Rising Star
Recognizes an emerging leader – the next generation (under 40)

Corporate Champion
Recognizes a company that provides opportunities for leadership, and advancement for women