Dr. Littisha Bates and PhD candidate DeVonna Gatlin among 56 recipients of distinguished recognition for Cincinnati’s young woman leaders.
Date: 11/10/2017 8:00:00 AM
By: Jonathan Goolsby
Contact: Julie Campbell-Holmes
Phone: (513) 509 - 1114
Photos: University of Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, Oh. — Two members of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Arts & Sciences win the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Rising Star Award for 2017.
DeVonna Gatlin, a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Littisha Bates, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, were among 56 women honored by the YWCA this year, according to the chapter’s Equity Leadership Manager, Kristi Rohrkasse.
As part of their recognition, both will receive access to special mentoring, education and networking opportunities afforded by the YWCA’s Academy of Career Women of Achievement, which is itself comprised of highly accomplished Cincinnati professional women.
Bates and Gatlin attended their first Rising Stars event — a series of roundtable discussions on leadership women’s issues, led by Academy members — on October 30th, Rohrkasse said.
The origin of Cincinnati’s Rising Stars.
The Rising Star Award, “provides these younger leaders with the opportunity to enhance their pursuit of excellence in their careers,” Rohrkasse explained.
It is unique to the Greater Cincinnati’s YWCA chapter; Rising Stars are not given by any other chapter, or in any other locality. They were created by the Academy in 2002 to recognize women who have demonstrated potential to become community, professional and academic leaders, and to form the basis of a quasi-fraternal professional support network.
That network is large and growing rapidly. To date, over 700 Tristate women have received Rising Star Awards.
Recipients are invited to participate in bi-monthly meetings, during which which they learn from academy members. They can apply for the YWCA’s exclusive Rising Star Leadership Program — a series of 6 seminars that sharpens’ participants leadership skills and trains them how to serve effectively on non-profit boards.
Rising Stars also receive special opportunities to volunteer — so that they might practice what they learn and increase their visibility — in and around the Greater Cincinnati area.
To be considered for a Rising Star Award, women must first be nominated either by a YWCA of Greater Cincinnati board member, or by an Academy of Career Woman of Achievement member.
Bates was nominated by Dr. Karen Bankston, Associate Dean for Clinical Practice, Partnership and Community Engagement for the UC College of Nursing and former head of the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, who was inducted into the Academy in 2001.
Gatlin was nominated by Dr. Kimya Moyo, a longtime teacher and former head of the Math Department for Cincinnati Public Schools, who is now a Resource Team Member for UC’s College of Engineering & Applied Science.