Farah Walters chronology

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  • 1964 — Came to America from Iran

  • 1986 — Joined University Hospitals

  • 1988 — Recipient of the Cleveland YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award

  • 1992 — First woman in America to lead an independent academic medical center as president and CEO of University Hospitals and University Hospitals Health System

  • 1993 — Appointed to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s National Health Care Reform Task Force

  • 1993 — Recipient of CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

  • 1994 — Appointed by Ohio Gov. George Voinovich to serve on the 15-member Commission to Study the Ohio Economy and Tax Structure

  • 1996 — Recipient of the Cleveland League of Women Voters Belle Sherwin Democracy in Action Award

  • 1996 — Recipient of the Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Women Mean Business Award

  • 1997 — First woman and first CEO of a not-for-profit organization selected to chair the Greater Cleveland United Way Campaign

  • 1998 — First woman chosen to receive the Business Statesmanship Award from the Harvard Business School Club of Northeast Ohio

  • 1999 — First woman chosen to receive the Business Executive of the Year Award from the Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland

  • 2000 — Featured by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of the nine most influential agents of change in Cleveland over the past 20 years

  • 2000 — Recipient of Woman of Achievement Award by Women’s City Club of Cleveland

  • 2000 — Inducted into Inside Business magazine 2000 Business Hall of Fame

  • 2000 — Recipient of the March of Dimes Golden Mile Award for leadership in saving babies