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 by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women. Dorri has also 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 mobile app (community engagement). 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 lead the process for the YWCA to develop an exchange-traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment ($WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product.
A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader throughout her career. McWhorter is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities. 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 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 a Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society. McWhorter also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including The Metropolitan Club, Chicago Finance Exchange, and Chicago Child Care Society. McWhorter is also a member of the Executive Council of Ms. Tech advancing women businesses in technology and a board member of the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology. As an engaged community leader, McWhorter served as a member of Mayor Emanuel’s second term transition team. She is also a board member for the State of Illinois Charitable Trust. McWhorter received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
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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 Possibility Officer
Tanjia brings nearly 20 years of experience in human capital management, cultural transformation, business optimization, leadership development and organization development research to her role as Chief Possibility Officer. Most recently, Tanjia was the Senior Director, Human Resources for KinderCare Education, the largest ECE provider in the United States, supporting 20,000 employees. During her tenure, as a member of the leadership team, Tanjia participated in cultural transformation efforts that took the organization to Gallup’s top 37 most engaged companies.
In 2018, Tanjia’s titled chapter: Role Modeling as an Alternative to Mentoring for Career Development Outcomes in Organizations is included in the 2018 volume of Leadership and Role Modeling: Understanding Workplace Dynamics published by Palgrave Macmillan. Tanjia is also credited with research on the organizational impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to design organizations to engage in a proactive approach to support victims. Tanjia is an award-winning researcher, speaker and published author. Publishing and contributing over 40 research articles to the literature, Tanjia scope focuses on a combination of individual, leadership and organizational issues that impact our society on a national and global scale.
Prior to joining DeVry, Tanjia was a member of the Starbucks Corporate Human Resources management team and was the Diversity Program Manager at Microsoft where in both roles she was responsible for leadership development, change management, diversity, organizational design and training impacting over 76,000 employees. In 2016, Tanjia completed her PhD from Benedictine University in Organization Development. Tanjia also holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Employee Relations from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from DePaul University.
Chief Impact 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 nearly 20 years of expertise in business management, human capital management, strategy, process creation and implementation to her role as Chief Paradigm Officer for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. A proven leader in operations management with a focus on facilities and technology for the organization, 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 Financial Officer
With over 20 years’ experience in a variety of business industries and occupations, Laura S. Sailer now oversees Finance at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Prior to joining the YWCA, she was the Controller at United Services, a disaster restoration firm based in Lake County. Previously, she was the Head of Accounting and Platform Management for DKI, the largest disaster restoration contracting firm in North America as well as a Vice President at First Chicago Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase & Co.). She began her career in public accounting as a CPA at Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young). Laura has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Strategic Engagement Officer
Molly Silverman has nearly 20 years 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 email@example.com.