Leader Luncheon 2021

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LEADER LUNCHEON 2021: Brought to you by Title Sponsor, The Schrieber Group!

The Leader Luncheon is a signature event of the YWCA Elgin, held annually to honor deserving women for their outstanding accomplishments as well as raising funds to support the work of the organization. The funds raised by Leader Luncheon are used to develop and expand programming and advocacies for women and families with a clear commitment to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women. This year’s event is brought to you by, Title Sponsor, The Schrieber Group. Click here to learn more about The Schrieber Group.

Keeping everyone’s safety in mind, the YWCA Elgin Board of Directors and Leader Luncheon Committee decided that Leader Luncheon 2021 will be held virtually on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 6 pm. All reservations and sponsorship purchased for Leader Luncheon 2020 will be honored at this year’s event.

In addition to the new virtual platform, there have been some exciting changes to the event reservations and sponsorship levels. For the 2021 Leader Luncheon, all individual reservations are Free of charge. Due to the free individual reservations, the sponsorship levels now have new exciting components to them. To view the new sponsorship levels, click here.

Even though the event reservations are free to all individual registrants we ask that you please register for the event so that you will receive all communications leading up to the event. Reservations can be made below.

Congratulations to the 2021 Leader Luncheon Nominees



Registration for the virtual Leader Luncheon is open. Reserve your “seat” today!

Reserve Your Seat


Leader Luncheon is YWCA Elgin’s primary fundraising event. Funds from the event are used to develop and expand programming/advocacies that support women and families’ economic self-sufficiency with a clear commitment to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.

Click here for more information about sponsorship levels.

Become a Sponsor

Thank You to Our 2021 Title Sponsor!

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Leader Circle Table Sponsor - $1,250Gold Star Sponsor - $500Silver Star Sponsors - $250Circle of Friends Sponsors - $100Patron Sponsors - $50
Anonymous DonorArt & Nancy SchuenemanBetty Brown Promotions Inc.Carolyn Kirk-LikouAnn Chan
City of ElginCarol EliasDana & Gary VierckChildren's Theatre of Elgin & Fox Valley Theatre CompanyDianha Ortega-Ehreth
EFS FoundationCommunity Crisis Center, Inc.Dr. Clare M. Ollayos, Chiropractic PhysicianFideliter CharitiesDonna Bach
Elgin Community CollegeElizabeth HoeftJames Hill Enterprises - Bekin Van LinesJessica Lee-ColeEllie MacKinney
IHC Construction Companies LLCFamily Service AssociationJulia A. McClendonKathleen RusniakJanice Bennett
Laird Family Funeral HomeHeritage-Crystal CleanKane County Job & Community Resource BoardLinda & Steve KnightJanice Jamiolkowski
McGrath City Honda, Hyundai & MazdaKaren FoxKCT Credit UnionMiriam LytleJennifer Sellers
MADALENA'S EMPORIUM - Helping People Lead Healthier LivesLena ScheflowSchool District U-46Judi Tepe
Prairie Community BankLois Myers-BauerSusan Van WeeldenKathe J. Pava
W.R. MeadowsMurna & Bruce HansemannMary Loete
Nancy BurnidgeMary Jo Shepherd
Scott Firmstone
Shirley Friedman
Shirley May Byrnes
TLC Pregnancy Services
Ushma Shah
Wendy Corcoran
#STOPASIANHATE: YWCA Stands in Solidarity with AAPI Communities
At YWCA, we are unwavering in our demand for justice and in our commitment to creating a world in which all women, girls, and people of color can thrive. This is why we are devastated by the ongoing violence against Asian Americans that has ravaged our country during such a trying time, and we send our condolences to the lives lost in Georgia last week. Additionally, the mass shooting in Colorado reminded us of the horrors of hate that often feeds into gun violence. Two times in one week, our nation was ravaged by mass shootings, which make it clear that the tragic incidents of gun violence and hateful domestic terrorism have plagued our country for far too long.
These events have invigorated YWCA’s commitment to addressing structural inequality and racism across all communities of color, deepening our work to advocate for equity and justice. All Americans, especially people of color, should feel safe in spas, grocery stores, schools, churches, and in their own communities. We have and will continue to do this work; demanding a safe world of equity and human decency until injustice is rooted out until institutions are transformed, and until justice just is.