Local leaders to receive Y Women in Careers Award

Posted at 9:04 AM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 14:07:09-05

Recognition is an important acknowledgement of professional success. To that end, the Corpus Christi YWCA is ready to once again recognize women who are making a significant impact in their career field.

The 39th annual Y Women In Careers Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Congressman Solomon P Ortiz International Center (402 Harbor Drive).

To this point, the YWCA has honored 283 exceptional women in the Coastal Bend through this award. Adding to the list this year are:

  • Starr Flores, Director, Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center;
  • Bunny D. Forgione, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, TAMU-Corpus Christi;
  • Sarah Garza, Director, Environmental Planning, Port of Corpus Christi Authority;
  • Trina C. Martinez, Vice President & General Manager Corpus Christi Refinery, CITGO Petroleum;
  • Marita Rafael, M.D., Physician, Driscoll Children’s Hospital;
  • Connie G. Rivera, Project Architect, WKMC Architects, Inc.; and
  • Liza Wisner, Learning & Organizational Development Manager, City of Corpus Christi.

“Recognizing these deserving women is a special privilege for YWCA, as well as fulfilling our mission of ‘Empowering Women,'” said YWCA President/CEO Nancy Wesson-Dodd. “These honorees play crucial roles in our community, and Y Women in Careers is a vital way to show young girls what women can accomplish, helping them to set goals for their own lives.”

Seats for the event are $85 ($100 after Feb. 21). Reservations and table sponsorships are available at There is also a need for sponrships to make it possible for YWTeens to attend the banquet.

For additional information, call (361) 857-5661 ext. 102 or email

As one of YWCA’s major fundraisers, Y Women In Careers offers invaluable support for YWCA programs and communicates the essential role YWCA plays in our community.