40th Annual YWCA Leader Lunch will be held virtually

YWCA Metro St. Louis will honor the women who have been chosen as the 2020 YWCA Leaders of Distinction and to recognize them at Leader Lunch.

Leaders of Distinction are honored in categories such as Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Government, The Arts, The Professions, Racial Justice, Entrepreneurship, Media, Philanthropy and Non-Profit.

The 2020 Leaders will join the YWCA Academy of Leaders, which is comprised of more than 300

Honorees from the past decades and considered the most notable group of accomplished women in St. Louis. Recognition of the achievements of YWCA Academy members and the stories of their individual journeys sends a message to young women of all races that even though there may be obstacles along the way, success is within reach. The overarching message of the YWCA Leader Lunch, as embodied in the achievements of the honorees, is one of talent, persistence, work ethic and sisterhood.

To register for the YWCA 2020 Virtual Leader Lunch, go to: https://www.ywcastl.org/event/ll40.The 2020 YWCA Leaders of Distinction:

• Jane Arnold, office managing partner and Practice Group chair of Polsinelli PC
• Marsha Benney, chief operating officer of Midwest BankCentre
• Sara Bosco, senior VP, secretary and general counsel of Emerson
• Kristin Johnson, chief human resources officer of Edward Jones
• Mary Elizabeth Grimes, president of Marian Middle School
• Melissa Lackey, owner, president and CEO of Standing Partnership
• Dr. Kendra Holmes, senior VP and chief operating officer of Affinia Healthcare
• Dr. Karla Scott, professor, Department of Communication, at Saint Louis University
• Ashley Kemper, philanthropist and community volunteer
• Kayla Baker, senior at Ritenour High School and YWCA Future Leader

YWCA Metro St. Louis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism. YWCA offers housing for homeless women, crisis intervention and counseling for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, economic empowerment for single mothers, early learning, teen development, and racial justice.

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