Marlene Hammerman Named 2017 Woman of Achievement

Marlene Hammerman has been named as a 2017 Woman of Achievement. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, founded in 1955, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women.

Hammerman is being honored for her volunteer service and leadership in the area of social justice. She has been a volunteer with the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis Section for more than 35 years, working to improve the lives of women, children, and families and to protect individual and civil rights. She created NCJW’s Project Renewal program, where volunteers work one-on-one with women recovering from domestic violence and addiction, and established the national Higher Ground initiative to increase women’s economic security. In her efforts to advance social justice, Hammerman continuously engages with elected officials in Jefferson City and Washington, DC on a variety of issues, speaking out for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

The Women of Achievement 2017 Class of Honorees is a selection of 10 extraordinary volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan region. This year’s award recipients include:

Claire Applewhite — Educational Enrichment
Christine Buck — Youth Dedication
Adrienne D. Davis — Arts Advocacy
Marlene Hammerman — Social Justice
Rosemary Hanley — Youth Services
Margaret Hopkins — Community Betterment
Kathy Lambert — Social Enterprise
Elizabeth Mannen — Volunteer Leadership
Colleen Kelly Starkloff — Human Welfare
Asha Zimmerman — Caring and Compassion

The honorees will be recognized at the 2017 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 16 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon runs until 1:30 p.m. This year’s luncheon chair is Gin Wachter and the vice chair is Phyllis Langsdorf. Luncheon reservations are $60 per person and can be made online at or by contacting Women of Achievement at 314.896.4962 or For more information, please visit

“Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our community,” said Women of Achievement President Joni Karandjeff. “The strength and longevity of the region’s nonprofit organizations and programs rely heavily on dedicated volunteers. We take pride in honoring some of these outstanding unsung heroes—women volunteers who have dedicated their time, energy, and leadership to helping the community in tremendous ways and inspire others to do the same.”

“The luncheon is a special way to honor and highlight our award winners,” said Gin Wachter, chair of the 2017 Luncheon. “Surrounded by family, friends, past Women of Achievement, and those affiliated with each honoree’s nonprofits and charities along with the general public, the feeling in the room is joyous and delightful. In addition to a delicious lunch and awarding the honorees, we also feature a dynamic 30-minute video about the volunteers and their history of service, which really hits home the message that helping others makes an enormous impact in our community.”

Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy.

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