Women's Achievement Awards

KYW Newsradio 2018 Women's Achievement Awards

Rising Star Edition

Thursday, June 28th at 6:00pm
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
33rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

This annual program was developed to honor the many contributions and accomplishments of women, and to highlight the strategies and experiences that help women advance their careers, businesses and lives.

Now in its 9th year, we will be honoring five women under the age of 40 in our “Rising Star Edition.” KYW Newsradio will be gathering nominations by using social media, narrowing nominations down to ten semi-finalists, and later will let the community vote on the final five honorees.

The five chosen women will be honored at the annual Women’s Achievement Awards ceremony that culminates at the end of June. See last year's photos here!


2017 Ceremony Recap

This Year's Keynote Speaker, Michelle Kelly - CEO of Lilly Pulitzer

Michelle Kelly, Lilly Pulitzer

KYW Newsradio is excited to have Michelle Kelly, Chief Executive Officer for Lilly Pulitzer, as this year’s Women’s Achievement Awards: Rising Star Edition keynote speaker.Michelle serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Lilly Pulitzer®, a division of Oxford Industries, Inc. Lilly Pulitzer designs and distributes resort-inspired apparel and accessories for women and children.

It all started more than 50 years ago with a simple shift dress in Palm Beach, Florida. Today, Lilly Pulitzer creates innovative modern resort wear inspired by the authentic Palm Beach lifestyle, and strives to delight customers with a spirited and creative approach to retail.  Michelle leads a group of incredibly passionate and talented people across many creative, analytical, and operational disciplines.

During her 14 year career with Lilly Pulitzer®, Michelle has held several different management and leadership positions in the company’s marketing, merchandising, and distribution teams. Under Michelle’s leadership the company has achieved healthy and steady growth.  The brand has expanded into new geographic markets, new product categories, and new retail segments, all in pursuit of a mission to inspire confidence and optimism in customers of all ages.  Through the brand’s sunny style and creative spirit, Lilly Pulitzer® strives to make the world a happier place, one print at a time.

Michelle believes that the most differentiated brands that connect best with consumers will win in the marketplace.  This requires continuous innovation, inspiration, and a willingness to be different.

Michelle began her career at McKinsey & Company. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia. Michelle currently lives in Villanova, PA with her husband and two sons, ages 12 and 10.

 Previous participating event guest speakers are all successful women who are recognized by the community for making positive contributions to society. They are respected among their peers, and are exemplary role models for the youth of the community. In recent years we have had the pleasure of hosting guest speakers; Colleen Rooney, of QVC, Meryl Levitz from Visit Philly, Ann Compton of ABC News, Jill Schlesinger of CBS News, Former District Attorney, Lynne Abraham, and Amy Looney of the Travis Manion Foundation.


Timeline of events:
Nominations open on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 and close at midnight on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018.

KYW Newsradio's internal team will vet through the nominations and will announce the ten semi-finalists the following week with voting for the five finalists (honorees) beginning on Monday, May 7th, 2018 and closing on Sunday, May 20th, 2018.

The final five women will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, June 28th at The Loews Philadelphia Hotel's 33rd Floor. 



Do you know a woman that is 40 years old or under that is making a positive impact on Philadelphia Region? Now is your chance to nominate her for the 9th Annual 2018 KYW Newsradio Women's Achievement Awards: Rising Star Edition! Please fill out the form below. Nominations are open April 2, 2018 at 12:00AM through April 22nd, 2018 at 11:59PM. 10 finalists will be selected, verified, and contacted on or around April 25, 2018. We'll then open up the voting round to the community to vote daily to select and honor our five 2018 KYW Newsradio Women's Achievement Awards Rising Stars. Hear their five stories on KYW Newsradio throughout the months of May and June!

Nominations are now being accepted through Sunday, April 22nd!