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35th Anniversary Salute to Career Women of Achievement Luncheon
May 14, 2014




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2014 Career Women of Achievement Keynote Speaker

Photo by Art Streiber

Viola Davis
Classically trained, award-winning actor Viola Davis is one of the day’s most accomplished and versatile actresses. She is best known for her role as Aibileen Clark in the popular movie “The Help,” for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female, and a Critics’ Choice Award for best actress.

Rising out of poverty from her home in St. Matthew, SC., Viola fell in love with high school theater as a form of escape. Her passion and talent led to a scholarship to the Young People’s School of the Performing Arts before attending the Julliard School. Her early acting career included “Seven Guitars” on Broadway, TV’s “NYPD Blue” and the film “The Substance of Fire.

She also appeared in the films “Beautiful Creatures,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Knight and Day,” and “Eat Pray Love,” was nominated for a Tony Award for “King Hedley II,” and appeared in the stage play “Fences” and the film “Doubt.”

“I want to do what Cicely Tyson did to me,” Davis says of her interest in ensuring that women of color are part of the modern artistic-media narrative. “She allowed me to have the visual of what it means to dream.”

Previous Keynote Speakers include Deborah Roberts, Cokie Roberts, Maya Angelou, Anna Quindlen and Alexis Herma

View a list of past speakers.


2014 Career Women of Achievement Co-Chairs

Diane Jordan-Grizzard
President & CEO
Thembi Speaks 

After 20 years of executive leadership in nonprofits where she proved her skills in organizational leadership and system-wide change, Diane launched her international management consulting practice, Thembi Speaks LLC in 2004.

While living in Liberia, Diane witnessed the military coup d’état, served as a midwife, and owned a business. The integration of these experiences with her formal studies inspires the framework Diane uses to help individuals and organizations to unlock their purpose, passion, and potential.

The African proverb “it is not where you are but what you do there that matters,” drives Diane’s passion. She participated in the 2012 UN Commission on the Status of Women, is the author of FREE SOIL (2010), her account of Liberia’s complex history, and her E-Book, Are You Riding In The Back Seat of Your Own Dream? is available on all electronic book platforms.

Diane is a 2010 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, and currently serves on  the board of trustees for the YWCA, 4C For Children and the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. In 2009, she was the recipient of the WCPO Profiles in Courage Award.   


Kathy Kelly
President Kroger Personal Finance
The Kroger Co.

Kathy Kelly is responsible for overseeing the financial products and services department for Kroger Personal Finance which consists of five Business Lines – payment cards, gift cards, telecom, financial services and money services.

Kathy began her career with Kroger in 1985 as a Cash Management Specialist and Assistant Treasurer. In 1998, Kathy was promoted to Director of Investor Relations for the retailer. She was named President of Kroger Personal Finance in 2003. 

Kathy currently serves on the board of trustees for Easter Seals Tristate, Bethesda Inc. and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation Board. She is a past board member and former chair for the College of Mt. St. Joseph. In 2011, Kathy was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Southwest Ohio and a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement. In 2010, Kathy was named one of McAuley High School’s Women Who Inspire. In 2009, Kathy was named one of Progressive Grocers’ Top Women in Grocery.



Learn more about the 2013 Career Women of Achievement Honorees and luncheon.




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