Evanston/North Shore

International Women's Day Commemoration

PLEASE NOTE: This event is sold out. If you would like to be put on the wait list, please contact Ariel DeLaRosa at adelarosa@ywcae-ns.org.



A Conversation on Women’s Economic Progress and the Journey Ahead

Featuring Keynote Speaker Evelyn Diaz, President of HEARTLAND ALLIANCE
and special performance by “Louder Than a Bomb”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6 - 8:00 pm

at Evanston Township High School, Upstairs Theater
1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston

Be Inspired l Be Engaged l Be Empowered

Evelyn Diaz, Keynote Speaker 

As President of Heartland Alliance, Evelyn Diaz leads a global anti-poverty and human rights organization based in Chicago that provides a comprehensive array of services to nearly half a million people annually in the areas of healthcare, housing, human services and justice. She is responsible for directing domestic and global strategy and operations for Heartland Alliance’s five nonprofit corporate entities, with a combined budget of $120 million and 1,400 employees in 12 countries.

Previously, Ms. Diaz was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services where she was responsible for administering an annual budget of $330 million to deliver social service programs to over 300,000 Chicagoans in the areas of children, youth, homelessness, domestic violence, aging, workforce development and human services.

Before joining Mayor Emanuel’s cabinet, Ms. Diaz was Deputy Chief of Staff to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, coordinating the City’s human capital departments and overseeing initiatives related to poverty, jobs, and economic security. She was later appointed by Mayor Daley as chief executive officer of the Chicago Workforce Investment Council, which was charged with addressing labor market shortages in key industries through a data-driven collective impact model.

Prior to working in the government sector, Ms. Diaz was Associate Director of the Chicago Jobs Council where she coordinated Opportunity Chicago, a $23 million initiative to assist thousands of public housing residents gain employment. She has also worked as a direct practitioner providing individual and group counseling to domestic violence victims; managing programs for homeless women in shelter; and coordinating economic development initiatives and social service projects in Chicago's 46th Ward.

Ms. Diaz received her graduate degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. She was named Social Worker of the Year in 2014 by the National Association of Social Workers’ Illinois and Chicago chapters. She was a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader, and she serves on the governing boards of the Rebuilding Exchange, Forefront, and Thrive Chicago.

International Women's Day Partners 

Our 2017 International Women's Day Commemoration is presented by YWCA Evanston/North Shore in collaboration with founding partners:




With support from community partners:




About International Women's Day

International Women’s Day has been recognized for well over a century in celebrations around the world. Our local celebration provides an opportunity for our communities to join with millions across our globe to collectively reflect on the economic, political and social progress women have made both globally and locally.

In addition to celebrating how far women have come, it is also a day to listen, learn and reflect. And while we must acknowledge how much has changed, we also know there is still so much that needs to be done to achieve gender equity and an end to violence against women. Our International Women's Day celebration is also a call to action: it is an opportunity to link our arms and raise our collective voices to work together to harness the power and strength of women and girls so they can reach their fullest and highest potential.


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