March 7, 2022 11:30am-1:00pm

 YWCA Northwestern Illinois will host the 42nd annual Leader Luncheon and Women of Achievement Awards on Monday, March 7, 2022 presented by Illinois Bank & Trust. This longstanding and uplifting event will be virtual and feature keynote Dr. Chandra Childers and the presentation of Women of Achievement Awards in the categories of Business, Community Leadership, Mentorship, Professions, and Racial Justice. YWCA will also be awarding the Bright Future Scholarships and the La Voz Latina Scholarships. This year’s scholarships are being presented by Collins Aerospace. Tickets are $25. Registration and further information regarding Leader Luncheon can be found at

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed social and economic inequities that are threatening more than 50 years of women’s hard-fought advances in the American workforce and decimating the labor market.  The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis has sparked a national “shecession.” Chandra Childers is a data-driven researcher who is passionate about identifying and eliminating social and economic barriers to women’s equality in the labor market, their overall economic security, and the wellbeing of their families, particularly for women of color.  Her research focus is on education, employment, earnings, job quality, worker power, and the future of work.

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YWCA Northwestern Illinois has provided women’s empowerment programming and advocacies since 1891. The organization now serves more than 12,000 women, children, and families each month, through Child Care Solutions, Economic Empowerment, Family Advocacy Center, Healthy Families Home Visiting Program, Immigrant Services, Partner Abuse Intervention Program, and Racial & Social Justice Advocacy. YWCA Northwestern Illinois delivers its mission, “eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all,” in the six-county area of Boone, Jo Daviess, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago, Illinois.