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YWCA of Bethlehem Hosted First Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala in Honor of Our 85th Anniversary

In honor of the YWCA of Bethlehem’s 85th anniversary, they hosted their first Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala.  The evening included cocktails, dinner and dancing.  A keynote address was presented by Terry Gross, Host and Executive Producer of National Public Radio (NPR) Fresh Air

Additionally, the YWCA of Bethlehem presented Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards to local businesses that have strived to empower women, minority men and people with disabilities within their companies.  Awards included the Company of the Year Award, presented to PPL Corporation, the Trailblazer Award, presented to Lehigh Valley Health Network, the Women’s Leadership Award, presented to Capital BlueCross, the Community Leadership Award, presented to Northampton Community College, the Empowerment Advocate Award, presented to Women in Art in Pennsylvania, Women-Owned Business Award, presented to Eye for Detail Construction and Remodeling, and the Non-Traditional Women’s Business Award was presented to Franklin Hill Vineyards

The YWCA Bethlehem presented Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards to local businesses that have strived towards empowering women, minority men, and people with disabilities.

The event celebrated the YWCA of Bethlehem’s 85th anniversary and showcased the empowerment of local women with a special video featuring local women and the derogatory statements they have encountered on their rise to the top.  The video shown at the Gala will continue to be a focus for the YWCA of Bethlehem’s new Breaking the Glass Ceiling Campaign that will work to empower women both financially and professionally.  Stephanie Hnatiw, Executive Director of the YWCA of Bethlehem comments, “The Lehigh Valley (Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton) ranks as the ninth worst paying city for women in the United States.   My personal goal is to see the Lehigh Valley rank ninth for best paying city for women in the near future.”

The co-chairs of the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala, Michelle Chrin, Vice President of the board of directors and Gladys Wiles, board member came up with the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Gala concept. Thank you YWCA Bethlehem for hosting such a great event and continuing to incorporate the mission of empowering women and eliminating racism in all that you do! To learn more about the YWCA Bethlehem visit http://ywcabethlehem.org/.

YWCA - Breaking The Glass Ceiling from Steelwire Productions, LLC on Vimeo.

Watch YWCA of Bethlehem’s Breaking the Glass Ceiling video featuring  local women and the derogatory statements they have encountered on their rise to the top. Created by Erin Monie and Raul Gomez from Steelwire Productions.