The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is pleased to announce the six honorees for the 2017 Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon on May 4, 2017 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The distinguished honorees are: Kara Nelson Baekey, Mindy Garcia, Catalina Horak, Lisa Koorbusch and Leslie Pennington.  Katie Schorr will be honored as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age.

The Women of Distinction Award is bestowed in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a select group of women. Local residents and business owners nominate women who live or work in Darien and Norwalk whose significant and unique contributions have made a difference in our community. The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Women of Distinction Nominations Committee reviews the nominations and selects the honorees.

This event is open to the public. Tickets for the luncheon are on sale now and can be purchased ywcadn.org/wod. For further inquiries about this event or to become a sponsor please contact wod@ywcadn.org .

Lisa Koorbusch is a native of Old Greenwich and settled in Darien with her husband Tim after they lived in New York City. Lisa studied Art and Art History at Skidmore College and continued on to Parsons School of Design earning a degree in Graphic Design. Her career took her to the art galleries of New York and eventually to Estee Lauder Companies as their Creative Projects Manager on the Clinique brand.

Working on her art part-time from home gave Lisa an opportunity to devote herself to volunteer work, initially in her daughters Eliza and Emilia’s schools and eventually in charities that held significant meaning to her. Lisa has been able to work closely with several organizations that have had a direct impact on her family.

For the past five years, Lisa has worked closely with the Alzheimer's Association CT Chapter.  Lisa’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers almost ten years ago. In 2013, along with five other women, she was pivotal in founding the association’s annual gala, Celebrating Hope. To date, they have raised over $800,000. They also hold a Walk To End Alzheimers each fall that the whole family can participate in.

Stamford’s Bennett Cancer Center has also benefited from Lisa’s support. Several years ago, Lisa was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy after her surgery. She received wonderful care from the staff at Bennett and is a huge advocate for early detection by encouraging annual mammograms.

Lisa also supports Person-to-Person, co-chairing its annual Toy Store, and serves on the B\board of the Darien Depot.

Passionately educating women on wellness, fighting for the cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, and instilling values that will make her two daughters become good citizens of tomorrow is Lisa’s mission in life.