Celebrating The 10th Annual Power of One Dedicated Woman Awards

    In 2024, Michigan Community Resources, in partnership with esteemed activist Dotti Sharp, is pleased to present our 10th Annual The Power of One Dedicated Woman Awards.

    Since 2015, we have hosted The Power of One Dedicated Womana unique, multi-pronged initiative to elevate the stories and invest in the capacity of unsung leaders across Detroit neighborhoods.

    Sponsorship opportunities are still available to support the 2024 awards initiative. Contact program director Heather Nugen at hnugen@mi-community.org for the latest sponsorship information.

    The Power of One Dedicated Woman honors the impact one individual can make in creating lasting, positive change. In that same spirit, we welcome individual supporters to give any amount to support The Power of One Dedicated Woman Awards.

    Can you give $5, $25, or $150 today to help Michigan Community Resources equip these powerful women leaders?

    Rakisha - baton

    2022 Honoree Rakisha Odom


    This award is for all women: cisgender (women who were assigned female at birth), transgender (women who were assigned male at birth), and nonbinary people who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women. Recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

    • Identifies with above description
    • Over age 18
    • Resident of the city of Detroit
    • Shares her time, talent, and treasure to improve her Detroit community
    • Her efforts have gone unsung (largely unrecognized by mainstream media, the public, and through traditional awards)
    • Open to receiving no-cost support services and resources from MCR and our partners to support her work in the community, along with other honoree benefits

    Honorees are selected by a review committee made up of award sponsors, past winners, and members of the community at large.

    Nominations for this year's awards closed on May 8, 2024. Award honorees will be announced mid-summer.

    Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors:

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    Past Honorees: 2015-2023

    Darnetta Banks
    Sharon Kilgore
    Michelle Knight
    Juanita Maxwell
    Tyra Moore
    Bonnie Whittaker
    Asiya El
    Alyce Hartman
    Tammara Howard
    Brittni Kellom
    Lorraine Sheffield
    Rakisha Odom
    RuShann Long
    Rhonda Theus
    Myaia Holmes
    Kelly Roper
    Kathleen Hurd
    Karen Washington
    Yvonne Gibbs
    Claudia Enriquez
    Theresa Landrum
    Jasmine Mahone
    Joyce Moore
    Sandra White
    Stevie Baka
    Sonja Hill
    Latisha Johnson

    Shiva Shahmir
    Betty Varner
    Dawn Wilson-Clark
    Barbara Martin
    Karen Knox
    Rachel Ullah
    Star Roland
    Stephanie Harbin
    Tenai Leali
    Aleasa M. Peatross-Smith
    Dell Stubblefield
    Deysi Martinez
    Mary Jo Smith
    Sandra Pickens
    Sonia Renia Brown
    Barbara Matney
    Charlotte Blackwell
    Denise Kennedy
    Elois Moore
    Marissa Mewitz
    Michelle Jackson
    Barbara Harding
    Jackie Perkins
    Lenora Hall
    Phillis Judkins
    Shirley Rankin
    Jacqueline Conley