YWCA Speaks Out through Events

YWomenVote Series: A Non-Partisan Conversation on Economic Security

Join CapTech and YWCA Central Carolinas for a panel discussion about Economic Security on August 13 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.

This event will feature policy and subject matter experts discussing economic issues impacting women. The panelists will dive into efforts to improve equal pay laws, national paid leave (family or medical), and affordable childcare. Our panelists will also share examples of how to increase women’s economic security and how attendees can advocate on behalf of women’s economic issues.

This panel discussion will be the first in YWCA Central Carolinas’ YWomenVote series.

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This is a virtual event hosted on WebEx, please register here.

Women of Achievement 2020

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.

Do you know an inspiring woman in the Charlotte community who is making a lasting impact? You can nominate her by completing our nomination form!

Our past honorees include:
Lifetime Advocate: Mary Lou and Jim Babb (couple), Sarah Bryant, Fannie Flono, Sarah Belk Gambrell, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, Dorothy (Dot) Counts-Scoggins, Elizabeth (Lib) Harkey, Carlenia Ivory, Kathy Izard, Cynthia Marshall, Jane McIntyre, Sally Robinson, Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe, Sarah Stevenson, Claire Tate, Jan Valder, Charlotte Watkins, Velva Woollen, and Marian Yates.

Community Champion: Tiffany Capers, Carrie Cook, Patrice Funderburg, Caroline Chambre Hammock, Liz Clasen-Kelly, Dr. Maria Hanlin, C. Renee Jarrett, LaWana Mayfield, Mary Nell McPherson, Deronda Metz, Melissa Mummert.

Emerging Leader: Antonia Childs, Kristina Cruise, Nakisha Hall, Elise Hamilton-Childres, Natalie Marles, Jessica Moss, Dr. Amy Hawn Nelson, Allison Winston

The 2019 Women of Achievement Honorees (left to right): Kathy Izard, Patrice Funderburg, and Natalie Marles

Please return the nomination form by August 26, 2020 at 12pm to Kate Ansel at Please note that past honorees and current YWCA staff and board members are not eligible for consideration.

The awards will be presented at our Women of Achievement celebration on October 29, 2020. Due to COVID-19, this event will be held in-person for honorees and virtually for donors.

We Believe Fundraising Luncheon

The We Believe Luncheon is our signature annual fundraiser of the year. The luncheon brings together over 600 people annually at The Westin Hotel in Uptown Charlotte to share in the successes of our women, children and families that we serve.

On February 20, 2020 Donna Byrd, Founding Publisher of The Root was our keynote speaker. See her remarks and our 2020 We Believe videos below.

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