YWCA USA 2014 Annual Conference & Women of Distinction Gala
On the evening of June 13, come celebrate extraordinary leaders at the YWCA USA’s annual Women of Distinction Awards Gala. This annual fête honors nationally-recognized women who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and integrity, and who serve as role models for women and girls around the world.
Awards are given in the areas of:
In addition, three YWCA associations will be presented with Association Excellence Awards for their superior work in the areas of women’s empowerment, racial justice and advocacy and their commitment to advancing the YWCA’s mission.
Finally, the YWCA’s highest honor, the Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award, is presented to an individual for their dedication to the field of racial justice in the United States. The honoree demonstrates qualities that reflect Dr. Height’s contributions as a civil rights pioneer and women’s rights activist. This includes service in a leadership role, commitment to racial justice, and a high standard of courage, integrity and steadfastness in support of the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
The Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award is named for Dorothy Height, a leading civil rights and women’s rights pioneer and activist who was dedicated to improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African-American women. As President of the National Council of Negro Women and as the first National Director of the YWCA USA’s Center for Racial Justice, she remains a hero of the civil rights movement in the United States. She died on April 20, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
We are pleased to announce that award-winning broadcast journalist, executive producer, advocate and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien will be awarded the Dorothy I. Height Award at the YWCA USA Annual Conference on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
Soledad O’Brien is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate in the fields of racial justice. Over the past decade, she was at the forefront of the biggest news stories, and she was the originator of the critically acclaimed documentary series on race, Black in America and Latino in America. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O’Brien co-founded with her husband Brad Raymond “The Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation,” which awards scholarships to 25 disadvantaged young women to attend college.
June 13 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel
The Women of Distinction Gala takes place during the YWCA Annual Meeting & Conference, our yearly opportunity to gather together and reinvigorate our commitment to our historic mission. YWCA leaders, volunteers and staff members gather in the nation’s capital to build our networks, learn from experts, and visit our legislators on Capitol Hill to talk about issues that matter for women and girls.
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