Economic RecovHERy: Designing an Inclusive Marketplace in a Post-COVID World

May 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago presents Economic RecovHERy: Designing an Inclusive Marketplace in a Post-COVID World. COVID-19 has laid bare the inequities that have long plagued our nation’s economy. It is no surprise that women, especially women of color, have disproportionately borne the brunt of these disparities in the current crisis. But as we move towards economic re-emergence, how do we seize the opportunity to confront persisting inequities and build a new economy that is truly inclusive and equitable for women? Join us to discuss the interconnected roles of various sectors and the strategies we must advance to create a marketplace where everyone can thrive.


Moderated by

Dorri McWhorter
Chief Executive Officer
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago



Joy Anderson
Criterion Institute

Martina Hone
Chief Equity Officer
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Teresa C. Younger
President and CEO
Ms. Foundation for Women


More About the Panel

Dorri McWhorter

Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

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 (e-commerce platform), (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.


Joy Anderson

President, Criterion Institute

Joy Anderson is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change, whose insights and experience have helped shaped hundreds of ventures as well as the movements of impact investing and gender lens investing. She is founder and president of Criterion Institute, the leading think tank on using finance as a tool for social change, which demonstrates new possibilities through its groundbreaking research, innovative trainings, convenings and institutional engagement. In recognition of her leadership, Anderson was listed in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. Recently, she published “A Blueprint for Women’s Funds on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change” in partnership with Global Fund for Women and Ms. Foundation, following the 2015 publication of “Gender Lens Investing in Asia,” published jointly with USAID, and Criterion’s “The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing.”


Martina “Tina” Hone

Chief Equity Officer, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Tina recently returned to Chicago after spending more than two decades working in Washington, DC’s federal policy arena focused on a range of civil rights and social justice issues. As YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Chief Equity Officer, Tina oversees the YWCA’s public policy efforts and its community development work, including garnering support for the YWCA’s “Blueprint for Equity.” These dual responsibilities reflect the YWCA’s commitment to “equity” – both in the sense of equal rights and access to property ownership for disadvantage communities. Tina’s personal background and upbringing shaped her profound commitment to equity. The daughter of an African American mother and Serbian father who came to the US as a political refugee, Tina experienced the inequities between the Black and white world first-hand. As a result, she has spent the bulk of her career fighting for equity. Most recently, she was Policy Director on the Education & Workforce Committee in the US House of Representatives. She previously served as an Associate Under Secretary at the US Department of Commerce, where she oversaw national outreach for Census 2000.  She was also lead Democratic Counsel on the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration.

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.


Teresa C. Younger

President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

Teresa C. Younger is an activist, advocate, renowned public-speaker, organizational strategist, and a proven leader in the philanthropic and policy sectors. Having spent over 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles for comprehensive equity and the elimination of institutionalized oppression, she now serves as the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation for Women, Younger served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut — the first African American and the first woman to hold that position.

Younger is a thought leader at the critical intersections of gender and race. Within the philanthropic sector she serves on initiatives to shape and change the narrative of women and girls, including Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Philanthropy New York and Black Funders for Social Justice.  Additionally, Younger serves on a number of boards including the Ethel Walker School and Essie Justice Group.

She has appeared on MSNBC’s UP with David Gura, NBC News, NPR Radio, Elle Magazine, Cosmopolitan, SiriusXM, and in USA Today, AP, Rewire, podcast and the New York Times.

Younger is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and in 2018 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in Humanities from the University of New Haven. She is also a proud lifetime Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient.

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