Leader Luncheon 2021: Be the Change 

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Networking Reception and YShop Pop-Up
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Luncheon Program
1:30 – 3:00 PM
YShop Pop-Up

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Drive

For 145 years, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago has been a leader in creating positive social change with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Although Mahatma Gandhi is often credited with saying “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” it has been reported that his actual remarks said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” YWCA has embodied the spirit of this notion through the implementation of our social enterprise approach and innovative programs and services. Each of this year’s outstanding honorees have also served as extraordinary examples in their approach and dedication to social responsibility, community impact, and gender and racial equity.  

  • Community Leadership: Elizabeth Thompson, President, The CAFE Group 
  • EntrepreneurshipJulie Scott, Founder, President & CEO, CTS Impact, Inc.
  • Racial Justice: Dr. Eve L. Ewing, Writer and Scholar
  • Corporate Social Innovation: Horizon Therapeutics 

Amid a challenging and formative chapter in history, Leader Luncheon 2021 will serve as a reminder and inspiration for others to lead by example as we embark upon the future with purpose and perseverance. 

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