January 15, 2013
Women’s Commission

Ten SLU Women Honored at YWCA Leader Lunch

The annual program recognizes women who have significantly contributed to the community and celebrates the accomplishments of women in the St. Louis community.

SLU Honorees at YWCA Leader Lunch
Pictured in the front row are (from left) Heather Macarthur, Julie Gammack, Ethel Frese, Heather Bednarek, Katrina Wade and Elizabeth Pendo; and in the back are (from left) Judy Pierce, Tanya Griffin, Nancy Culbert and Mary Krieg. Submitted photo

Each year, the Women's Commission at Saint Louis University and the YWCA of Metro St. Louis honor women who have significantly contributed to the community at the annual YWCA Leader Lunch. Ten SLU women were honored at this city-wide celebration including Sharon Frey, M.D., professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases and clinical director of SLU's Center for Vaccine Development. 

All honored with attendance at the luncheon were Heather Macarthur, Julie Gammack, Ethel Frese, Heather Bednarek, Katrina Wade, Elizabeth Pendo, Judy Pierce, Tanya Griffin, Nancy Culbert and Mary Krieg.

Frey was recognized by the YWCA as a Leader of Distinction. While there are many stellar women throughout the city, this year's recipient balances her roles as educator, physician-scientist and advocate for social justice with personal flair for seeking adventures, being courageous and taking risks. Further contributions of Frey can be viewed in a video showing her unique contributions to world health and future physicians.

While these women were recognized at this year's YWCA Leader Lunch in St. Louis, one recipient was honored a few weeks later, more than 4,000 miles away.

María-José Morell was presented with a certificate of accomplishment by Lawrence Biondi, S.J., and Paul Vita, Ph.D., at the SLU Madrid campus. There, Morell is the director of Enrollment Management and professor in the Division of Sciences, Engineering and Nursing. She was nominated and selected in recognition of her leadership and contributions at the University.

This is the first year a woman from the Madrid campus has been honored at the YWCA Leader Lunch.

The YWCA also celebrated the accomplishments of other St. Louis area women who are leaders in business, politics and racial justice. The Women's Commission has been involved with this event since 1983. Attendance at the luncheon has grown to more than 1,000 guests.

For a list of other noteworthy events on social issues and honoring women, visit the event page of the Women's Commission website.

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