YWCA Greenwich Announces Women Who Inspire Awards

YWCA Greenwich 29.October.2018: To commemorate YWCA Greenwich’s Centennial, the organization will debut a new annual event called the “Women Who Inspire Awards” to recognize exceptional women in our community. This event will incorporate the best of the organization’s two signature events, the Spirit of Greenwich and BRAVA Awards. 
Since the BRAVA Awards were established in 1977 and the Spirit of Greenwich Awards in 1994, nearly 500 women have been honored.  The Spirit of Greenwich and BRAVA Award honorees represent the best in all of us. They demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the community and the empowerment of women with philanthropic endeavors and professional accomplishment. The new Women Who Inspire Awards acknowledges the changes in our society that have led to fluidity of work/life balance for women. 
This year’s keynote speaker will be Alejandra Castillo, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA. In her role, Ms. Castillo represents 210 YWCA associations in 46 states and the District of Columbia.  “Alejandra is passionate and outspoken advocate for the rights of women and girls,” said Mary Lee Kiernan, President and CEO, YWCA Greenwich, “and we are very excited to have her participate in our inaugural event to celebrate 100 years of YWCA Greenwich’s commitment to the Town of Greenwich and our mission to eliminate racism and empower women and girls.” Ms. Castillo has served in two US Presidential Administrations and is a seasoned professional in areas of federal policy, law and management. As an attorney, Ms. Castillo has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors. 
The recipients of the Women Who Inspire Awards will have a proven record of growth, success, and influence in her profession and/or community.  Each honoree will demonstrate an unwavering passion and commitment for a cause or idea and will be a role model who is making a difference in the lives of others. In addition to the women who will be recognized for the 2019 Women Who Inspire Awards, the nominees will also include one corporate recipient and two Next Generation honorees. The honorees will be announced in the next few weeks.
The 2019 Women Who Inspire Awards co-chairs are Lucy M. Ball, Sue Moretti Bodson, Laura Weintraub Beck and Susan Bevan. “We are so pleased that these amazing and accomplished women have agreed to chair this year’s event,” said Kathy Seiden, Chief Advancement Officer, YWCA Greenwich. “Their collective experience and contributions to the community will go a long way in making this inaugural event a success.”
The Women Who Inspire Awards will be presented at a luncheon on January 25, 2019, at Greenwich Country Club. For information and tickets, go to www.ywcagreenwich.org/women-who-inspire-awards
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About YWCA Greenwich
Founded in 1919, YWCA Greenwich is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Greenwich provides programs for people of all ages and genders with initiatives that include preschool and after school programs, aquatics programs, youth athletics, arts programs, health and fitness programs and seminars focusing on racial justice and women’s empowerment. Additionally, YWCA Greenwich is the only provider of domestic abuse services in Greenwich, with staff who are licensed to provide crisis intervention, counseling, shelter, and victim advocacy. These services are free.