YWCA Knoxville is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Tribute to Women event by highlighting 30 remarkable women who have impacted the community in the last 30 years. Among the honorees are Webb alumnae Dee (Bagwell) Haslam ’72 and Sharon G. Lee ’71. All 30 honorees were featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel, June 22, 2014.
Dee Haslam is executive producer and CEO of RIVR Media. She is also chair of the board of directors of East Tennessee Children's Hospital, chair of the board of directors of Knoxville's Lakeshore Park, and president of the Cleveland Browns’ Foundation. Haslam also serves on the boards of the Emerald Youth Foundation, the University of Tennessee Foundation, and Tennessee's State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). In addition, she is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board for the University of Tennessee College of Business and is active with the United Way chapter of Greater Knoxville.
Sharon G. Lee has served as a Tennessee Supreme Court Justice since 2008. In 2004, she was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, becoming the first woman to serve as judge on the Eastern Section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals in its 79-year history.
Justice Lee is a member of the American, Tennessee and Knoxville Bar Foundations, a board member of both the Knoxville YWCA and the East Tennessee Historical Society, and an honorary member of the 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Convention Committee. Lee has served on the Knoxville Bar Association Board of Governors, as president of East Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women, as a board member for the Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women, and on the Boys & Girls Club of Monroe County’s board of directors.
Since 1985, YWCA’s Tribute to Women has celebrated the accomplishments of women across East Tennessee. Proceeds from the event support YWCA Knoxville programs, which include the only women’s housing program of its kind in the area, support for victims of domestic violence, after school and summer programs for at-risk youth, and fitness programs designed to promote healthy lifestyles.
This year’s Tribute to Women honorees will be recognized at a celebration at the Knoxville Convention Center, August 21, 2014. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.ywcaknox.com