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YWomen 2019 GraphicPlease join us for YWomen 2019!

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

Tickets are available now! If you have questions or are interested in making a donation to our silent auction, please contact Jean Kim at 224.420.3283 or jkim@ywca-ens.org.

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Our 2019 YWomen Honorees

Sekile Nzinga-JohnsonSekile Nzinga-Johnson

Accomplished author and director of the Northwestern University Women’s Center, Sekile works to advance gender equity and inclusion and has been praised for her fresh approaches to navigating racism and sexism.


Alpana Singh

Alpana Singh

Alpana Singh is a master sommelier, TV personality, author, and restaurateur. She is vocal advocate for equal pay and has spoken out against sexual harrassment in the restaurant industry.


Cindy HartwigCindy Hartwig

Cindy Hartwig, executive director at Lutheran General Advocate Hospital, has worked tirelessly to educate medical professionals and institutions in order to provide appropriate care for domestic violence survivors.


Dine…drink…dance… and celebrate the power of women

A woman alone has power, women together have impact. And the collective power of women has never been more evident than since the suffragette movement gave women the right to vote almost 100 years ago.

Join us to experience the inspirational stories of three women whose courageous leadership has changed their communities. Let’s come together in community and raise our voices (and a glass!) to celebrate the power of women to change the world.

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We are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors:

Presenting sponsor:

Thermoflex Corp.

Supporting sponsors:

Evanston Community Bank & Trust
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Hagerty Consulting
Oakton Community College
Infrastructure Engineering
Northwestern University
Wesley Realty

View the film about our 2018 YWomen Honorees

Each year, filmmaker Susan Hope Engel brings the stories of our honorees to life! Watch the 2018 film here.

About YWomen

Since YWomen’s small but mighty beginnings in 2008, we have had a BIG dream, and that was to bring our communities together to recognize the power of women to change the world.

Over the years, we have celebrated 24 remarkable women and seven powerful organizations for their work in the areas of women’s empowerment, racial justice and social change. And each year, we have been moved by the spirit of activism that is embodied in the women we have honored. And the past year has reinforced the need for all of us to act to protect what we believe in and to fight for what is just.

Human needs are universal. We all want to be treated fairly, to have opportunities to advance, to feel safe in our home and our communities, to build secure and productive lives for our families. It’s what guides us every day in our work at YWCA.

Thanks to your commitment to this work, we raised over $300,000 at our YWomen celebration to support YWCA programs! With this support, we will also increase our advocacy efforts and speak up and out on issues that we care about deeply: health and safety for women and girls; civil rights and racial justice; and women’s economic advancement.

At the tenth anniversary of YWomen in 2017, we premiered a beautiful film by filmmaker Susan Hope Engel to recognize the 70th anniversary of the founding of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Watch the film and learn more about our work here.

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