Bay Village resident receives YWCA Woman of Achievement Award

On Monday, May 14, YWCA Greater Cleveland recognized six area women for their professional achievements at its 36th annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon. Building on the YWCA mission of “eliminating racism and empowering women,” the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award is one of the most prestigious honors in Cleveland for women, celebrating those who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and exceptional commitment to their careers and communities.

As a senior managing director at Dix & Eaton, award recipient Lisa Rose of Bay Village doesn’t have to go very far to embody the YWCA Greater Cleveland’s mission.

“For me, it’s very rewarding to see my colleagues take ownership of their careers at such young ages. They have so many wonderful opportunities in front of them, and seeing how well they navigate and maximize those opportunities is one of the more rewarding aspects of my career. It’s about living the YWCA’s mission of equality and giving other women the same chances and opportunities that I was able to receive and benefit from.”

Rose collaborates with Dix & Eaton clients on a full range of strategic, organizational and change communications. She serves on the firm’s leadership committee and board of directors and is responsible for ensuring the highest-quality client service while creating a challenging and engaging environment for colleagues.

“Being recognized for my effort is overwhelming and humbling at the same time,” Rose says. “Like so many women, I just work hard to stay focused on what I do best and on delivering results, and I don’t expect recognition of this type. There’s no secret to success. With hard work, luck, focus and good mentors and advocates, success is attainable for all of us.”

With a life motto of “seek to understand,” Rose sits on the boards of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, CollegeNow, St. Joseph Academy, and The Presidents’ Council.

“One of my favorite things in life is having a great conversation over dinner and learning about the obstacles someone has faced, how they have overcome them, and what they are doing going forward,” she says. “Everyone has a story. I am always surprised by honest conversation about how to live life – they are fascinating, and I learn so much from them.

“You can truly do anything you set your mind to. And over the years, I’ve been told that a mind shift can be a life changer. I’m happy to say that has been the case for me.”

YWCA Greater Cleveland is pleased to celebrate Ms. Rose’s accomplishments with this award. The YWCA is committed to eliminating racism and empowering women, and provides transformative services in three focus areas: early childhood education, youth services, and leadership and inclusion initiatives. For more information call 216-881-6878 or visit

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:43 AM, 05.15.2012