YWCA Evanston/North Shore has announced the recipients of its 2018 YWomen Leadership Awards. The awards, which will be presented at the YWomen benefit at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago on October 13, recognize women who have made an impact in women’s empowerment, racial justice and social change.
The 2018 YWomen honorees include:
Victoria Dinges, senior vice president of corporate relations for Northbrook-based Allstate Insurance. Dinges is an inspirational example of how a woman in corporate America can make a difference by bringing her passion to a cause. Her cause is domestic violence, and with her personal and professional commitment to this health and safety issue, she has helped advance the movement to end domestic violence.
Her leadership of The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse program has made it the longest running national campaign focused on ending domestic violence through a proven solution: financial empowerment for survivors. Dinges also has been involved in the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. And, since 2007, she has been deeply involved in the work of YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
Gloria Bond Clunie, award-winning playwright, director, and educator. Clunie is committed to giving voice to the African-American experience through the topics she tackles and the characters she creates in her plays.
A former drama teacher at Chute Middle School in Evanston, Clunie is a founding member of the Playwrights Ensemble at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater where her plays “North Star,” “Living Green” and “Shoes” premiered. She also is the founding artistic director of Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre where she directed scores of productions including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men,” “Home,” and “Raisin.” Clunie’s plays been produced across the country, amplifying her unique perspective to a wide range of audiences.
Kelley Cambry, entrepreneur and co-creator of an elementary STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. Cambry is committed to giving girls and youth of color the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in today’s most in-demand fields.
Together with her mother, she founded Evanston-based Paige & Paxton Elementary STEM Curriculum to make STEM education universally accessible. She was instrumental in leading nationally recognized STEM pipeline programs for girls and youth of color as one of the founders of the New York Chapter of Black Girls Code. She also was a lead member of the planning team for #YesWeCode youth hackathons, which were designed to expose middle and high school students to opportunities in computer science.
Wintrust is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 YWomen Leadership Awards. Additional support is being provided by Allstate, Make it Better, and Thermoflex.
The YWomen Leadership Awards were created by YWCA Evanston/North Shore in 2008 to recognize, support and promote women’s leadership and the impact women have in bringing social change to our local communities. For more details about the event and to purchase tickets go to.www.ywca-ens.org/ywomen.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore works to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen local communities. It serves more than 10,000 people annually in northern Cook County. Learn more www.ywca-ens.org.