Farah Walters chronology Featured

8:10am EDT October 24, 2001
  • 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