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Four local women were honored for making an impact on their communities on Friday, from a fundraising dentist to an activist educator, a dedicated healer, and a single mother chasing an altruistic dream.

The 2023 Women of Achievement Awards this year first recognized East End native Dr. Tracy Wilkerson, a pediatric dentist at Children’s Dentistry, as well as retired Glenwood High and West Virginia State University educator and lifelong activist Karen Williams during a luncheon in the halls of the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.

Women of Achievement

The YWCA’s 2023 Women of Achievement Award recipients are celebrated at a luncheon Friday afternoon for contributions to their community. Pictured from left are: Dr. Tracy Wilkerson, Karen Williams, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Debby Weinstein and Empowerment Award winner Chanel Hunt.

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Josh Ewers is a reporter and can be reached at 304-348-1723 or email

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