Each year, the YWCA recognizes women who make a difference in the community. Meet the 2014 honorees, who will be celebrated at an April 2 luncheon

Each year, the YWCA recognizes women who make a difference in the community. Meet the 2014 honorees, who will be celebrated at an April 2 luncheon.

Mysheika Williams Roberts

Medical Director and Assistant Health Commissioner of Columbus Public Health

Giving Back: Board member of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank; co-chair of the Key Club for the United Way of Central Ohio; member of The Links, Inc. Columbus chapter

Easiest way other women can make a difference? They need to give back to their community. They can give back in a way they are comfortable. Whether it's your church, community, local Y, food shelters…something you're passionate about. Passion is the most important thing. If you don't feel that passion for the issue or problem, it will be more of a task rather than something you enjoy.

Kimber Perfect

Senior Vice President, Paul Werth Associates

Giving Back: Board member of the Women's Fund of Central Ohio and Homeport; serves on program committee for the Columbus Metropolitan Club

Most pressing issue that today's woman faces? I continue to see a lack of self-esteem and self-confidence in women. I think for whatever reason it is inherent in us. I would like to see women feel better about themselves and believe in themselves more. We have so much to offer, and we're often the last ones to realize that.

Melissa Ingwersen

President, Central Ohio District of KeyBank

Giving Back: Columbus Chamber of Commerce board of trustees, president; board member of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Bankers League and The Ohio State University Health Plan; involved with the Capital South and Columbus Downtown Development Corporation

What inspires you? It's inspiring to me to see when differences are made, and when actions lead to reactions. I grew up in Columbus, and I really love the city. I'm raising my family here. I want it to be-broadly-a better place for all people. I want it to be healthy, bold and vibrant.

Jane Grote Abell

Chairman of the Board, Donatos

Giving Back: Action for Children board, chair; board member of Goodwill Industries and Experience Columbus; founding member of the Ross Leadership Institute; member of the Young Presidents Organization, Women's Leadership Council of United Way of Central Ohio and more

Words to live by: The four words I live by are to live, to love, to laugh and to learn. I do believe you can learn from everyone in every circumstance, and from your own experiences. Laugh at a mistake, or things that can cause barriers. Love your way through things. And live life to the fullest. It's about your attitude through it-having a positive attitude.

Barbara Freeman

Founder of The Freeman Project and motivational speaker

Giving Back: Mentor for women in the CATCH Connection Program; supports women at Amethyst through The Freeman Project; connected with Doma International and The Well at Salvation Army

Easiest way other women can make a difference? To connect, to come together as women. We are very powerful. It takes women to come together to make a difference. One can make a difference, but when we stand together that cannot be broken.