Leader Luncheon 2018: Invest in Women

November 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
Molly Silverman

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YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is invested in creating change at both the systems and individual levels. We are preparing women to fully participate in the marketplace and ensuring the marketplace is fully inclusive of women by partnering with business and government to influence policies that address gender and racial bias and promote healthier workplaces.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s annual Leader Luncheon event honors five Outstanding Leaders who have distinguished themselves in their career fields, served the community and demonstrated a willingness to take leadership positions on issues impacting women’s lives and racial justice. The luncheon also serves as the largest annual fundraising and awareness event for YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, enabling the organization to continue to work towards achieving its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

10:30 AM        Networking & YShop Pop-Up
12:00 PM        Luncheon & Program
1:30 PM          YShop Pop-Up

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

2018 Outstanding Leader Honorees:

Business — Michelle L. Collins, President, Cambium LLC 

Community Leadership – Melody Spann Cooper, Chairman & CEO, Midway Broadcasting Corporation 

Racial Justice – Noor Raheemullah Hasan, Executive Director, Muslim Women’s Alliance 

Promise – Ximena Larkin, Founder, C1 Revolution

Ally – Howard Tullman, Executive Director, Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, Illinois Institute of Technology; General Managing Partner for G2T3V, LLC and Chicago High Tech Investors 

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Tickets are $300 each. Table Sponsorship starts at $3,000.

2018 Event Chairs

Nicole Johnson-Scales, Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank

Julie Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer, CTS Impact

Laura Coy, Director of Philanthropy Strategy, William Blair

Thank you to this year’s sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

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Host Committee Sponsors

Allstate Logo

BMO Harris Logo

CTS Logo


Fifth Third Bank Logo



Benefactor Sponsors

William Campbell




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Peoples Gas Logo

United of Chicago Logo

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Joyce Winnecke

Wintrust Financial Logo


Table Sponsors

ABC 7 Chicago Logo

Accenture Logo

Backstop Solutions Group Logo

CA Ventures Logo

CBS2 Chicago Logo

Chapman and Cutler LLP Color Logo


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JoAnn and David S. Lilek

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Sarowitz Family, LLC

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USG Corporation

VMware Logo

Walgreens Logo

Willis Towers Watson

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Entrepreneur Sponsors

The Bradley-Coar Group

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Ximena Larkin

Magnolia Custom Homes Logo

MP Global Ventures

Nicor Gas Logo

The Northridge Group

Anita Ponder, Government Contractors Business Forum

Michelle Redd-Newell

Paroo Uppal

Julie Womack


Media Sponsors

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