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Kathleen Barclay, Kroger Co. corporate officer and senior vice president of human resources, has been recognized as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, one of nine women so honored.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition from the YWCA, a truly exceptional organization in Cincinnati and across the country," Barclay said. "I am grateful to work in an industry that provides the incredible opportunity to touch the lives of a very large group of women inside and outside our company, each and every day."
Barclay chairs the board of the National Academy of Human Resources and is a board member of the Human Resource Policy Association. In Cincinnati, she serves on the United Way Women's Leadership Council and as a board member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Several Kroger executives are previous recipients of this YWCA recognition, including Marnette Perry, SVP of strategic initiatives and operations; Lynn Marmer, group VP of corporate affairs; and Kathy Kelly, president of Kroger Personal Finance.
The YWCA Salute to Career Women of Achievement was established in 1980 to increase community awareness and appreciation of the diverse contributions of women in the work force and in the community. The luncheon has evolved into the YWCA's largest fundraising event, sponsored by 150 companies and organizations each year. All proceeds directly benefit YWCA programs, supporting its mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
Cincinnati-based Kroger operates 2,424 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.