YWCA Speaks Out Through Events

Upcoming Media Matters Series:

Walk Through Fire by Sheila Johnson

In 2023, Forbes included Sheila Johnson in its list of America’s richest self made women– a celebration of women who have climbed tremendous heights in the business world. Sheila’s journey to become America’s first Black woman billionaire is one filled with extreme highs and reflective lows. Despite it all, Sheila Johnson remains a depiction of what walking through fire looks like. Join YWCA Central Carolinas on Thursday, February 22nd at 6PM for a virtual discussion of the entrepreneur and philanthropist’s autobiography- Walk Through Fire: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Triumph

This discussion is part of our celebration of Black Girl Magic during the month of February!

Registration has closed for this event.

If you have any questions or would still like to attend, please contact Jamila Green (Community Engagement Manager) at

YWCA's We Believe Event

YWCA’s annual We Believe event is our single biggest fundraiser each year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support all of YWCA’s programs, including transitional housing programs for women and children facing homelessness, out-of-school literacy programs for children in low-income households, and racial justice programs that educate and mobilize our community. 

Our We Believe 2024 event will take place in-person on March 5, 2024 from 12pm-1pm. 

Want to see the keynote speeches and videos from our past annual We Believe events? Check out YWCA’s Youtube playlist!

To learn more about YWCA’s We Believe fundraiser, visit our We Believe event page

Philanthropy Contact

To learn how you can be involved in our events, how to sponsor an event or any other questions, please contact our Chief Philanthropy Officer, Sarah Lanners Avinger, at 980-585-0498 or