YWCA of Jamestown Recognizes Four Women at 21st Annual Women of Achievement Awards

(L to R): Breeanne Agett, Emily Reynolds,Brenda Salemme and Kyla Rodriguez.
(L to R): Breeanne Agett, Emily Reynolds,Brenda Salemme and Kyla Rodriguez.


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YWCA of Jamestown

On Tuesday, June 19th the YWCA of Jamestown recognized four women for their leadership and commitment to our community at the 21st Annual Women of Achievement Awards. The event was held at Moon Brook Country Club. Winners were selected for each of the categories: Health/Wellness/Fitness, Leader of the Future, Outstanding Entrepreneur and Mentorship/Education/Training.


Health/Wellness/Fitness — Breeanne Agett, Epidemiology Manager at Chautauqua County
Leader of the Future — Emily Reynolds, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension
Outstanding Entrepreneur — Kyla Rodriguez, Owner of Forbici Hair Design
Mentorship/Education/Training — Brenda Salemme, Director  of Admissions at Jamestown Business College


I’m grateful to the YWCA’s efforts to focus on the positive things happening in our community, and the women who make these things happen. It’s truly an honor to be recognized with the other award winners tonight, and to join the ranks of winners from years past.”
— Breanne Agett, Health/Wellness/Fitness Award Winner

“When I walked through the doors for my first cosmetology class I never thought I would end up where I am today.”
— Kyla Rodriguez, Outstanding Entrepreneur Award Winner

“I have been blessed with many great colleagues and mentors that have helped and continue to help me as a leader. To me, leadership is surrounding yourself with good people.”
— Emily Reynolds, Leader of the Future Award Winner

“I am blessed to work for a fantastic organization where we offer people a chance to change their lives.”
— Brenda Salemme, Mentorship/Education/Training Award Winner

“Bree, Emily, Kyla, and Brenda are standouts in our community. Each of these women give their time and talents to make our community a better place, and they empower others to do the same. The YWCA is grateful for women like them, and it was a true honor to celebrate each for their contributions tonight. We are thrilled to be able to host the Women of Achievement Awards, and we are proud to work to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.”
— Jacqueline Phelps, Executive Director