Tiffany McDowell, director of the Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore, was recently selected as part of the spring 2019 cohort of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s “Willie’s Warriors” Leadership Initiative.
The initiative brings together black women leaders in honor of Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow, creating a network and pipeline of leaders who are committed to equity and justice in the Chicago area.
Barrow, who died in 2015, was a pioneering civil rights activist and minister, and according to the Chicago Foundation for Women, “Willie’s Warriors” honors her legacy by building relationships among black female leaders across sectors and movements.
“We are excited Tiffany is receiving this recognition and opportunity,” said Karen Singer, president and CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “As the director of our newly formed Equity Institute, Tiffany has put her deep knowledge and extensive background in equity policy and advocacy to work. She is already making an impact here in our local communities. We’re proud she is being honored as one of ‘Willie’s Warriors.’”
Willie’s Warriors is open to black women who are committed to building upon their leadership skills to advance issues of equity within their communities. They are selected through a competitive process including a written application and interview. The 14 women selected for the spring 2019 cohort are from diverse backgrounds in healthcare, education, advocacy, and community services.
Willie’s Warriors Leadership Initiative is supported by the Willie Taplin Barrow Fund for Black Women’s Leadership at the Chicago Foundation for Women.
About the Chicago Foundation for Women
The Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. CFW funds organizations working to solve the biggest problems facing women and girls: economic insecurity, violence, and access to healthcare and information. To learn more, visit www.cfw.org
About YWCA Evanston/North Shore
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. For more information, go to www.ywca-ens.org.