October 3, 2018

Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Carlotta Walls LaNierWe are pleased to announce Carlotta Walls LaNier as our keynote speaker for the 12th annual Empowering Women Luncheon.

In 1957, at age 14, Carlotta Walls LaNier and eight other black students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This act of courage and defiance became the catalyst for change in the American educational system. By ushering in a new order, the Little Rock Nine, as they would eventually be called, became ‘foot soldiers’ for freedom.

But it was injustice of the American system that forced Carlotta and her family to relocate to Colorado. Concerns for family safety and continued employment persuaded the family, in 1962, to consider Denver as a city offering greater access to opportunities. By this time, Carlotta had graduated from Central High School and had completed two years of college at Michigan State University. In 1968, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and accepted a position as Y-Teen Director at the Denver YWCA as her first professional job.

Since then, she has married, raised two children (Whitney and Brooke) who both graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, founded her own real estate company and has worked over 40 years as a Real Estate Broker.

In 1997, the Little Rock Nine returned to Central High for a 40th Anniversary Celebration. In a symbolic and emotional gesture, the school’s Principal, Mayor, Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States on this occasion, opened the doors of Central, which had been blocked by the National Guard in 1957.

On November 9, 1999, in a ceremony held at the White House, members of Congress and President William Jefferson Clinton bestowed upon Carlotta Walls LaNier as a member of the Little Rock Nine the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, for their sacrifice and contribution to the cause of equality.

She recently authored her memoir, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey To Justice At Little Rock Central High School, published Aug. 25, 2009, by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House. President Bill Clinton wrote the foreword, and it already has received wide acclaim.

Register for Sponsorships,Tables,Tickets

Please join us as we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Jean Carroll with the Distinguished Service Award

Jean Carroll led the YWCA as President & CEO for 23 years. She was
part of the organization for more than 30 years.

“We are not only a
social services organization.
We are a social change





This charm could be yours at the Empowering Women Luncheon!

These “paths” are open and free of stumbling blocks, as a result of the structure and support surrounding them.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors!





Conifer Realty, LLC 
ESL Charitable Foundation
Nixon Peabody LLP
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
UR Medicine/Highland Hospital


Stand Against Racism

Stand against racism

The Annual Stand Against Racism Breakfast was held April 12, 2018 at the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center.

This event aligns with our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women—as we believe we cannot effectively serve all women without addressing the disparities faced by women of color.

The 2018 theme:
“Braving our History, Building our Future; Women of Color Working Beyond the Glass Ceiling”

Special Guest:
Alejandra Y. Castillo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YWCA USA.

2018 Distinguished Panelists:
Corinda Crossdale, Commissioner, Monroe County Department of Human Services

Ahlia Kitwana, Lead Engineer, Specialty Engineering Space and Intelligence Systems, Harris Corporation

Tina MacIntyre-Yee, Photojournalist for Democrat & Chronicle Part of USA Today Network

Dr. Tomicka Wagstaff, Assistant Vice President, Student Access and Success , Division of Diversity and Inclusion, Rochester Institute of Technology

Mistress of Ceremony | Alexis Arnold 13 WHAM ABC, Fox Rochester, The CW Rochester Anchor / Reporter


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