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Country Music Association CEO Sarah Trahern Set to Join Academy for Women of Achievement

Don Jones
Sarah Trahern

The Nashville YWCA has announced that Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association, will be inducted into the 2018 Academy for Women of Achievement (AWA). AWA is designed to honor the work of women that set an example in their communities by servicing the city of Nashville and beyond. Trahern will be inducted at the 27th annual celebration and dinner on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Music City Center's Davidson Ballroom.   

Trahern played a key role in CMA Foundation’s recent efforts to preserve music education in public schools, in addition to serving on boards throughout Nashville and supporting victims of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.   

"The YWCA does incredible work supporting women throughout our community here in Nashville, and I’m truly honored to receive this recognition," said Trahern. "One of my mentors and predecessor at CMA, Jo Walker-Meador, was accepted into the Academy 15 years ago and it’s beyond rewarding to not only follow in her footsteps but also the many incredible women before me. I value the opportunity to integrate the music industry into the fabric of our greater Nashville business community."   


The Academy for Women of Achievement was launched in 1992 by YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Trahern joins 158 other women who have been awarded the esteemed honor. Trahern has secured a coveted spot in Billboard's Power 100 since 2016 and was named Executive of the Year in Billboard's 2017 Country Power Players list.