“Swerving Towards Meaningful” featuring Valerie Jarrett

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“Swerving Towards Meaningful” featuring Valerie Jarrett


Episode #2 – July 3, 2019

YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo speaks with former Obama Administration senior advisor Valerie Jarrett

Host: Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA
Guest: Valerie Jarrett, former Obama Administration senior advisor, bestselling author of “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

In this episode of “Organize Your Butterflies,” YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo sits down for a conversation with Valerie Jarrett, bestselling author and former Obama Administration senior advisor. Jarrett chronicles her journey and shares valuable insight from her experiences growing up in Iran, returning to the U.S., and finding her inner voice as a student, a single mother, a lawyer, and an influential player in the West Wing. They also discuss politics in Chicago, and talk about the importance of being an advocate and mentoring people — women in particular, among them former First Lady Michelle Obama.


Shannon Isom
Shannon Isom, CEO of YWCA Dayton

YWCA Spotlight: YWCA Dayton
Guest: Shannon Isom, CEO of YWCA Dayton, YWCA USA board member

Shannon Isom, CEO of YWCA Dayton, chats with YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo about the incredible work, service, and advocacy of the organization, which has played a pivotal role in shaping the greater Dayton, Ohio, region. Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton was one of the first 25 YWCAs to open in the U.S., and is the oldest social services organization support women, children, and families in their region. Today, YWCA Dayton is a champion of women and girls in their community through direct service programming, community outreach and education, advocacy and public policy support.