The YWCA's newest Women of Achievement have impacted Columbus in myriad ways...

The YWCA's newest Women of Achievement have impacted Columbus in myriad ways--educationally, legally, philanthropically and more. The difference makers are the 27th class of women to be recognized for helping the Y achieve its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. This class of inspiring leaders will be honored at a luncheon on April 4. Meet the honorees.

Lynn Elliott
President and CEO, Columbus Window Cleaning Co.
Giving Back: Co-Chair of Development for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra & board member of Columbus Housing Partnership
Why is giving back important?
Success is not just about earning a living; it's about being a good human being. That means giving back. If it's a good place to live for the community, it's a good place to live for me.

Karen Fiorile
Community Activist
Giving Back: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Board of Trustees President, Columbus School for Girls & Columbus Museum of Art Women's Board
What inspires you?
Throughout the different organizations that I worked with over the years, what inspires me is how wonderful people are. People are intrinsically generous. These are people who are really selfless. The positive attitude makes you want to do more.

Carol Perkins
Director of Mobility Services, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
Giving Back: President of Columbus City School board & Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
When I ran for the Columbus Board of Education the second time, I had problems with my petitions and had to run as a write-in. I was clueless. But I received two-thirds percent of the vote, which was unbelievable.

Charlene E. Green
Volunteer Coordinator, St. Stephen's Community House
Giving Back: Girls in Government Program & Delta GEMS
Is there a woman you
look up to?
I guess a lot of people talk about their moms. My mom really was very resourceful. We came from a very poor family, but she always made sure we had food and clothing on the table. I know it was a struggle. I try to model my life after hers.

Gail Marsh
Senior Associate Vice President for Health Sciences and Chief Strategy Officer, The Ohio State University
Giving Back: Board of Governors for Medflight of Ohio & Women for Economic Leadership Development
What quality are you most proud of?
Resilience. Think of the seemingly worse things that life has thrown at you--death of loved ones, illness, job or economic issues, failure, any adversity. How did you deal? How resilient are you? I now know that these are not life's challenges, but rather life itself. No matter what is thrown at you, come back stronger.

Susan D. Rector
Partner, Ice, Miller LLP
Giving Back: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Association Board & board member Children's Hunger Alliance
Why is giving back important?
I guess I view it as both an obligation and also a gift. Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, a lifetime by what we give." And I think that's true. I also share a birthday with Woody Hayes, who said "You can't pay back, only pay forward." I think that's really true, too.