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leader luncheon XXXIV: women of achievement

 Monday, March 3, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Giovanni's Conference Center, Rockford 

Seating is limited - register to attend today!

keynote speaker JILL ABRAMSON

Executive Editor, The New York Times
Number 5, Forbes “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” 2012

Jill Abramson is executive editor of The New York Times, a position she assumed in September 2011.  Ms. Abramson serves in the highest ranking position in The Times’s newsroom and oversees The New York Times news report in all its various forms.

Prior to being named executive editor, Ms. Abramson was managing editor of The Times from August 2003 until August 2011.  As managing editor, she helped guide the newsroom through a particularly turbulent period.  She helped supervise the coverage of two wars, four national elections, hurricanes and oil spills.  She was also deeply engaged in the newsroom’s effort to change its approach to the dissemination of news and to expand to new and varied digital and mobile platforms.

Ms. Abramson joined The New York Times in 1997.  She was named Washington bureau chief in December 2000 and served in that position until July 2003. (Read more about Jill Abramson...)

Presented by

Vision Sponsor


Benefactor Sponsor 


GE Aviation

PNC Bank

Rockford Health System

US Bank

Leaders in the Workplace

Associated Bank

Chicago Rockford International Airport

Lenox Healthcare for Women

Oliver & Close

SwedishAmerican Hospital


tickets (register to attend)

YWCA member: $50
Non-member: $55
Table (10): $550

leader luncheon 

Leader Luncheon is the YWCA of Rockford's primary fund-raising event.  Funds from the event are used to develop and expand programming and advocacies for women and families’ economic self-sufficiency with a clear commitment to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.

bright future scholarship

Each year, YWCA of Rockford awards $1,500 Bright Future Scholarships to outstanding female high school seniors.  The YWCA is committed to promoting and recognizing our future leaders. The annual Bright Future Scholarship deadline is early December. Watch our website for application materials. Contact our office of marketing and fund development for further information.

2014 Bright Future Scholarship Application: PDF, Word

leader luncheon awards

This year's event will once again honor six outstanding individuals from the Rockford area - leaders who truly make a difference in this community. Start your 2014 nominations today.

2014 Women of Achievement Awards nomination: PDF, Word

congratulations to the 2013 award recipients:

  • 2013 Business Award - Deanna Berg, MSN, RN, Director of Ambulatory Services and Nursing Education, OSF St. Anthony Medical Center
  • 2013 Community Leadership Award - Rosalind Reis, Executive Director, Rockford Day Nursery Early Learning Center
  • 2013 Mentorship Award - Annie Davis, Pastor, Greater Emmanuel Pentecostal Church
  • 2013 Professions Award – Lois Lundgren, RN, Associate Dean of Nursing, Rock Valley College
  • 2013 Promise Award – Kelly Vinje, Account Executive, Gordon Flesch Company

(More previous winners)



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