JoAnne Levy Recognized as 2019 YWCA Leader of Distinction

Published on 25 November 2019

JoAnne Levy, vice president of Mercy Research with Mercy and St. Louis College of Pharmacy Board of Trustees member, has been recognized as a 2019 Leader of Distinction by YWCA Metro St. Louis.

Each year, YWCA Metro St. Louis recognizes outstanding women from across the St. Louis area as Leaders of Distinction for their commitment to serving the community. Those chosen as Leaders of Distinction are honored for embodying the spirit and mission of the YWCA, which is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

“I was very surprised and humbled when I found out I was being recognized,” Levy stated. “The YWCA is an amazing organization, and through this process, they have connected me and my fellow honorees to their mission, vision, values and the services they provide to the people they are supporting. It has been a great opportunity to meet other women leaders in St. Louis as well as reconnect with a few friends.”

The 2019 Leaders of Distinction will join the YWCA Academy of Leaders, a collection of past Leaders of Distinction honorees who represent outstanding women from throughout the St. Louis region whose accomplishments draw accolades from their professional peers and the community at large. These leaders represent the fields of corporate management, health management, entrepreneurship, racial justice, philanthropy and the non-profit sector.

“YWCA Leaders of Distinction are chosen by their peers in the Academy of Leaders for their outstanding accomplishments in their professions and the community,” explained Laurie Waters, marketing and communications manager for YWCA Metro St. Louis. “Women chosen for this honor represent the mission of YWCA and embody the qualities most desired in a leader.”

Leading a team of 85 at Mercy Research, one of the nation’s largest fully integrated community health system-based research organizations, Levy’s innovative work is focused on standardizing policies, practices and procedures while consolidating the clinical research activity occurring within the Mercy health system. Her efforts are driven by a dedication to support the research activity of clinicians, whose work has the potential to impact countless patients locally and across the U.S.

Since joining the College’s Board of Trustees in 2016, Levy has used her leadership and insight to help guide change and innovation at the College. Now with added responsibility as an at-large member of the executive committee and chair of the audit committee, she feels she can contribute even more.

“I have really enjoyed seeing the College grow and expand, and I am excited to take on more of a leadership role within the Board,” Levy said. “We have many students from the College who attend rotations at Mercy so I’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet students on campus and then see them at the hospital. It enhances the connections we are able to build within the city.”

As a leader in health care management, Levy feels there is a clear tie between the YWCA’s mission and the work she does at Mercy Research and with the College.

“Many services that the YWCA provides to women and children are for health-related issues or issues that contribute to health status,” Levy explained. “Health is not a single industry, and it is important to understand the social determinants of health and the impact of health issues on members of a community. I think my work at Mercy Research, my service on the executive committee and my time as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, has helped enrich my knowledge and understanding of how these issues play a role in our community.”

Levy, along with 10 other honorees, will be celebrated at the annual YWCA Leader Lunch at St. Louis Union Station on Dec. 12.

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