Announcing the 2024 Women of Achievement Keynote Speaker: Margaret Mitchell

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“Like all YWCA leaders, I believe in a world where all women and girls, especially women and girls of color, are free from racism and sexism, experience justice and equity, and are able to thrive.” – Margaret Mitchell

We are proud to announce Margaret Mitchell as our 2024 Women of Achievement Keynote Speaker! As CEO of the YWCA USA, one of the nation’s oldest and largest women’s organizations, Margaret Mitchell is known for anticipating trends and has a proven track record of creating competitive breakthrough strategies. She communicates vision, purpose, and core values. As a strong decision maker who builds consensus, she is a consistent top performer who pursues growth with energy and drive. Margaret strives for personal and organizational excellence. Recognized for savvy in building relationships at all levels inside and outside the organization, she guides an organization with a steady hand and maintains focus, even in challenging situations.

Please join us on March 15th, 2024, to hear her inspiring story and wisdom around empowerment, equity, and justice.

Margaret’s commitment to YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women is evident in her many achievements.  In 2019, she led the call to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in Cleveland and throughout Ohio.  Margaret also launched a digital racial equity and social justice challenge in an effort to broaden the public’s understanding of racism in America today.  In 2021, she received YWCA USA’s Excellence Award for Racial Justice in honor of her fearless leadership, innovative programming, and tireless advocacy.

Margaret has an equally impressive record of accomplishments in the fight for women’s rights. She led the acquisition of the Norma Herr Women’s Center, Cleveland’s largest emergency homeless shelter for women.  Margaret also transformed YWCA Greater Cleveland’s Early Learning Center to include the only trauma-informed preschool serving children and families experiencing homelessness.

Previously, Margaret was the President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Cleveland and served as the VP of Business Development and Director of Partnerships at Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas (now BBBS Lone Star). In each of these roles, she expanded the reach and effectiveness of the organization – from board development, partnership recruitment, fundraising, and organizational transformation focused on data. Earlier, Margaret held senior leadership roles at Menttium, a for-profit industry leader in one-to-one corporate mentoring featuring cross-company programs serving the Fortune 500. She began her career in publishing as an editor and writer.

Margaret received a BA with honors in Mass Communications from Hampton Institute – a Historically Black College, and recently attended Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School. In 2020, The Cleveland Orchestra, in partnership with the City of Cleveland, honored her with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Outstanding Service Award. In 2019, YWCA Greater Cleveland ranked in the “Top 10 of the Top 100 Workplaces” by The Plain Dealer – Advance Ohio and was recognized as a “Business Longevity Honoree” by Smart Business Magazine.

We are so excited to welcome Margaret to Spokane and have her join in celebrating and uplifting our 2024 honorees.

Secure your tickets today to join us in a day of inspiration, empowerment, and celebration of outstanding women on March 15th, 2024 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Davenport Grand.



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