Last month, individuals came out to vote and in doing so made a statement about the issues that are important to them. While many of you may be disappointed with the outcome, and there is a great deal of uncertainty ahead, I take comfort in knowing that we have a great opportunity to stand together for racial justice and the advancement of women.
We are on the brink of major change in the city of Chicago. You can hear it in the streets. You can see it on your television screens. You can certainly read about it in this magazine. Change is coming and women are at the forefront of this change.
It is a privilege to be a member of the Chicago Woman Board. This collective comprise of the influencers and change-agents in Chicago; they are the women behind the scenes advancing our city. I am merely one member, but together we are a force to be reckoned with.
While leading the YWCA, I have seen firsthand what change and evolution can do for an organization and those we serve. Together with my team, we have transformed YWCA Chicago from a 140 year-old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. A healthy dose of innovative and creative out-of-the-box thinking was necessary to embark on this journey. This ingenuity has paid off in dividends. We have served our 1000th member at our Innovation Technology Institutes in the past year. We are now serving more than 300,000 clients across services in the Chicagoland area. We are taking women from surviving to thriving at a rate of which hasn’t been seen before. And the YWCA believes in a world where collaborative enterprise can create a marketplace that benefits everyone.
Chicago Woman shares this perspective. We know that by bringing together the best our city has to offer we can uplift our readers, our communities, and make Chicago the best place in the world for women and families.
Together, and with the right investments, we will bring about the positive change Chicago needs. We see mothers standing hand-in-hand declaring that there needs to be an end to the violence. We see women entrepreneurs breaking records for start-up successes. We see women breaking all kinds of glass ceilings. There is no denying that the Future Is Female.