LEADER LUNCHEON 2020: Celebrating 37 years!
YWCA Elgin is now accepting nominations for outstanding leaders who exemplify the mission of the YWCA, eliminating racism and empowering women. The deadline for award nominations is midnight on March 5th. Leader Luncheon 2020 will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020, with keynote speaker Sharon Bush. The Leader Luncheon awards honor eight individuals who strive to make a difference in their community in the categories of Arts, Business & Professions, Communication & Technology, Education, Public Service, Racial Justice, and Volunteer & Community Service. Click here to download a PDF version of the nomination form or use the button below to submit your nomination online.
We urge you to write your nomination in a separate document before submitting online, this will decrease the chance of data loss. Within 48 hours of submission, you will receive an email confirmation of your nomination. If you do not receive a confirmation email please contact the YWCA Elgin.
Leader Luncheon 2020 Speaker – Sharon Bush
Sharon has over 20 years of nonprofit and business experience. She is the executive director of the Grand Victoria Foundation. She is only the second person to lead the Foundation in its 20-year history.
Sharon is a recognized leader in the field who strongly values the economic and social contributions of the nonprofit sector. Throughout her career, she has worked to ensure that the sector is strong, equitable, sustainable and highly capable of serving individuals and families throughout the Chicago region. She has launched, led and participated in innovative collaborations that have resulted in thousands of people securing employment and millions of dollars to support the regional workforce system.
Sharon is on the board of directors of Mikva Challenge Illinois and African American Legacy. She is an advisor to Willie’s Warriors, a leadership development initiative of Chicago Foundation for Women and to Greater Good Studio, a human-centered design firm that builds the capacity of communities to solve old problems in new ways. Sharon was an Association of Black Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Fellow. She also is a former co-chair of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy and the 2017 recipient of its Champion of Diversity Award. She has been a featured Op-Ed columnist in Crain’s Chicago Business on diversity and leadership.
Sharon was born and raised in Chicago. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University.
Registration to attend Leader Luncheon is open, and seats/tables are selling quickly. Reserve your seat today!
Leader Luncheon is YWCA Elgin’s primary fundraising 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.
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