Women of Distinction Awards Gala 2017

YWCA USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala 2017

YWCA USA celebrated the achievements of extraordinary leaders and organizations who serve as role models for women and girls at the Women of Distinction Awards Gala during the YWCA USA National Conference at the Capital Hilton.

Award-winning journalist, Melissa Harris-Perry hosted of the gala.  The 2017 Women of Distinction Awards message of unity and working towards a bold mission, bright future and advocacy work affirmed the strength, courage, and vision of the YWCA network, towards a bold mission and bright future.

Women from across the United States participated in workshops, presentations, and strategic planning, as well as an entire day devoted to bringing the YWCA mission to senators and representatives on Capitol Hill. Additionally, an evening celebration of the remarkable, vital work of local associations, as well as incredible women and organizations that work to bring about racial and social justice.

The Women of Distinction Awards Gala honors four extraordinary women leaders and nine YWCA organizations who have made a tremendous impact on the lives of women and girls.

The 2017 Women of Distinction honorees are:

  1. Sameera Hafiz– The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) for Advocacy and Civil Engagement
  2. Melissa Mark-Viverito– New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative for Women and Girls’ Empowerment
  3. Jennifer Jackson-Brown– Nordstrom for Corporate Partnership
  4. Charlene A. Carruthers– Black Youth Project received the Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award