Last week, JFS President & CEO Yana Vishnitsky won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business luncheon. This award is bestowed upon an individual for overall accomplishments for the entirety of a business career. Judges take into account not just work achievements, but the imprint left on the community at large.
It was exciting to join three tables of JFS board members, supporters, staff members, and friends who were there to cheer her on as she received her award! Several of the speakers and other award recipients mentioned Yana in their speeches and lauded her accomplishments. And Yana's photo was featured on the cover of the luncheon program and on all the table tents.Belen De Leon, 9News meteorologist and event emcee, introduced Yana and shared a bit of her incredible story: “When Yana Vishnitsky came to Denver from Soviet Russia in 1978, she didn’t know how to drive a car, her engineering and law degrees weren’t valued, and she had no idea how to navigate an American grocery store.” Before welcoming her to the stage, she described Yana’s 38-year journey with Jewish Family Service, talked a bit about the agency’s work, and announced that Yana is retiring at the end of this year.
Yana received a standing ovation from the packed hotel ballroom as she made her way to the stage to receive her award.
Yana began her acceptance speech by saying, “I am honored to be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the end of my career with Jewish Family Service, the career that I have cherished and loved for 38 years. I am so blessed to have landed at Jewish Family Service—it has changed my life and the life of many people. It became my passion, my life, my accomplishment, and I feel privileged to come to work every day with pleasure.” She also recognized the other Outstanding Women in Business nominees’ accomplishments, strength, perseverance, and resilience.
Read the full profile of Yana in the Denver Business Journal (subscriber-only content).
Join us to celebrate Yana before she retires—and support JFS in the process! Get tickets or a sponsorship to our gala fundraiser, “Yana! A Farewell Celebration” on December 10.
-Alaina Green, JFS Marketing Department