The YWCA is grateful for the dedication of our entire staff and their commitment to improving our community. Our senior management staff members are:
Chief Executive Officer
Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age and has led the YWCA’s expansion of digital services with the launch of YShop.org (e-commerce platform), womenshealthexchange.org (health insurance and information) and the MPWR, pronounced “empower”, mobile app (community engagement). Dorri leverages her large-scale change experience from working over 20 years in management consulting to the work that the YWCA does to create social change. Dorri led the process for the YWCA to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation and recognized by Good City Chicago receiving its Innovative Leader Award. Dorri is a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame.
Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader and is committed to creating an inclusive marketplace by leveraging a multi-sector approach across business, civic and community organizations. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri serves on the Board of Directors for William Blair Funds and Skyway Concession Company (Chicago Skyway). Dorri is also active in the accounting profession having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the current Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society.
Dorri is dedicated to empowering women as a member of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul University and Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University. McWhorter’s civic and philanthropic leadership includes the board of directors for the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, 1871 (Technology Business Accelerator), Civic Consulting Alliance, and the Civic Federation. McWhorter is also a member of the Illinois Charitable Trust Board. McWhorter received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College.
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Chief Reimagination Officer
Shelley Bromberek-Lambert has spent over 30 years in the field of education helping organizations solve complex problems by creating and implementing practical, effective strategies and processes that leverage their number one asset – their people. Shelley is a person who is guided by organizational mission and vision and knows how to translate those principles into strategic and practical applications that strengthens the organizations she works with. As a passionate education leader Shelley is an active member of National Afterschool Association and has served as Past Chairman of their Board of Directors. She is also involved at the local level as a member of the Advisory Board for Masters of Non Profit Management & Leadership Program at North Central College, and as a member of the DuPage Regional Collaborative steering committee. She also sits on two corporate boards for Reflections Sciences and Right At School. Her work in the field has been recognized with numerous awards such as Richard Scofield Award for Exemplary Service and Leadership in the Afterschool Profession, and Excellence In Leadership Initiatives to name a few. Prior to joining the YWCA she was the Chief Operating Officers for Knowledge Universe overseeing operations across the United States and in India. She received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.
Chief Equity Officer
Martina “Tina” Hone brings 30 years of experience to her role as Chief Impact Officer, overseeing the Economic Empowerment Institute and the YWCA’s public policy portfolio. Tina recently returned to her hometown Chicago after more than 20 years working in the Washington, DC public policy and political arena. Most recently, she served as the Policy Director on the Education and Workforce Committee in the US House of Representatives. She previously served as President of the Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance, Vice President for Public Affairs at the American Legacy Foundation, and Vice President of Public Policy at PowerUP: Bridging the Digital Divide. She was also the Associate Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the US Department of Commerce. A passionate advocate for leveling the playing field for the “have-nots,” Tina spent the bulk of her career working in education reform, focusing especially on the transition from school to meaningful employment. She is a former Teach For America corps member, was an elected member of the School Board in Fairfax County, Virginia and was the Founder of Coalition of The Silence, a non-profit organization committed to giving minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged parents an equal voice in the education of their children. Tina received her BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Paradigm Officer
Sharon brings over 20 years of expertise in a combination of business management, human capital management, strategy, process creation and implementation to her role as Chief Paradigm Officer. Sharon’s focus is on YWCA’s People, Place and Technology. She is leading the effort of what we call, YWCA User Experience: YW(UX) to ensure that any person connecting with the YWCA will have an optimal experience, regardless if that person is a client, employee, donor, or any stakeholder. Sharon is also leading the effort to ensure YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is considering emerging operating paradigms for delivery of human services. Prior to joining the YWCA in 2008, Sharon held positions at Center for Neighborhood Technology and Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation. Sharon received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from National-Louis University.
Chief Innovation Officer
After 21 years litigating complex insurance cases in courts across the U.S., Jill joined YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in 2016 and currently is the Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, she applies her wide expertise and legal skills to develop and secure funding for new strategies and programs to help empower the women and families in and around Chicago. Her most recent initiative is the Impact Shares YWCA Women’s Empowerment Exchange Traded Fund which launched on the New York Stock Exchange in August 2018. Jill also oversees YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Women’s Health Exchange, an online resource to connect individuals to health insurance and educate on matters of physical, mental and financial wellness. Jill is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and George Mason University. Jill became a court-certified mediator for the Cook County, Illinois Law Division Mediation Program in 2013 and continues to serve as an arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program.
Chief Strategic Engagement Officer
Molly Silverman has nearly 20 years of experience in business administration, fundraising, communications, and volunteer management. Molly has been with the YWCA since 2008 and currently oversees strategy development related to fundraising and communications, corporate partnerships, donor and volunteer engagement, and special events. Molly is contributing to the transformation of the organization to a 21st century social enterprise that is focused on digital engagement of constituents, strategic collaborations and increasing impact and innovation within organizational programs, development, and communications. Prior to joining the YWCA, Molly worked with the National Runaway Switchboard from 2001 to 2007 where she coordinated a large scale volunteer program and donor engagement for the national crisis hotline. Molly volunteered for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago for six years and is a founding board member of local non-profit Share Our Spare. Molly received a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University and completed a culinary program at Kendall College.
Chief Empowerment Officer
For more than 25 years, Loren Simmons has provided strategic and tactical program support to several non-profits. She joined YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in 1998, was appointed Chief Program Officer in 2007 and became Chief Performance Officer in 2009. Prior to joining the YWCA, Simmons held positions with Shorebank Neighborhood Institute, Bethel New Life, Inc. and the American Heart Association. Additionally, she has provided oversight to four rape crisis centers and a child sexual assault counseling center. Simmons is certified in sexual assault crisis intervention and Challenging Racism, a racial justice curriculum. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bradley University and holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
You may reach these staff members at 312.372.6600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.