YWCA Speaks Out Through Events

Women of Achievement

Each year, YWCA Central Carolinas honors women who have enhanced social justice in the Charlotte community through our Women of Achievement awards and celebration. Women of Achievement honors three generations of women whose lives exemplify YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Nominations for YWCA Central Carolinas’ 2021 Women of Achievement are now open. You can submit a nomination by completing this form and emailing it to YWCA’s Philanthropy Manager, Kate Ansel, at All nominations are due by August 3 at 5pm. 

For a complete list of past honorees, please visit the Women of Achievement page. Past honorees, current YWCA staff and board members and current elected officials are not eligible for consideration.

YWCA’s 2020 Women of Achievement honorees (from left to right): Ashley Jackson, Judy Seldin-Cohen and Valaida Fullwood.

Next Book Club

On Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 6pm to 7:30pm, YWCA’s book club will be discussing Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

Register for our book club discussion here:
book cover, vanishing half

This book club discussion will take place virtually. We will send out the Zoom information two days prior to August 26.

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

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. 

In 2021, we offered an all-virtual live event, open to the general public. You can watch our entire We Believe 2021 anytime!

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