DeJarnette, director of the Talent and Education Development Center at University College of Syracuse University, will be presented with the award during a ceremony March 31 in the Atrium at City Hall Commons.
“Karen has spent her life empowering women in the Syracuse community, and we are proud to recognize her efforts,” Mayor Miner stated. “From chairing the Women’s Fund of Central New York, to her work with the Junior Achievement of Central New York advisory board, she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of women in our community. I thank her for her service, and I am proud to present Karen with the 2016 Syracuse Woman of the Year Award.”
DeJarnette has served as a volunteer, and a member of the Women’s Fund of Central New York since 2010, and was recently elected to serve as chair of the organization in 2015.
She is also a member of the Junior Achievement of Central New York Advisory Board, and serves on the board of directors for the Partners for Education and Business, where she helps foster programs in STEM education for students and dislocated workers.
“Every day women in Syracuse see opportunities for change,” DeJarnette stated. “Rather than sit back and wonder ‘what if,’ they reach out to help others move forward. It is truly an honor to be among those empowered women who make an impact.”
Currently, DeJarnette also sits on Hope for Syracuse’s Anti-Poverty Sub Committee for Economic Strategy.
The 2016 Syracuse Woman of the Year award ceremony will take place Thursday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium at City Hall Commons. The event will be free and open to the public.