Over 300 attendees came together to recognize Houston’s Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) as they honored local women at their 29th Annual Outstanding Women’s Luncheon (OWL) spotlighting those who have inspired others to reach new heights of success.
OWL focused on 8 executive women from various companies, a two-time world all-around youth champion, and a long-time supporter of the women’s organization.
Honorees, who were selected in recognition of their professional accomplishments and leadership skills beyond the status quo, include Elizabeth A. Campbell, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Andrews Kurth, LLP; Loretta R. Cross, Managing Director in the Dispute Advisory and Forensic Services Group, Stout Risius Ross; Audrey Gilbreath, President & CEO, Gilbreath Communications, Inc.; Lily Jang, Morning Anchor, KHOU-TV; Wanda Mott, M.D., Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women; Juliete Stipeche, Esq., HISD Board of Education Trustee; Latha Thomas, Vice President of Marketing, Houston Museum of Natural Science; Beth Young, Senior Vice President, Colliers International; and Simone Biles, USA Gymnast. Jacqueline Bostic was presented the Dorothy Height Legacy Award in honor of her unwavering commitment to the YWCA of Houston and YWCA USA.
Proceeds from OWL are able to benefit a variety of programs affecting young women and senior services. These programs include the YWCA’s Women Independently Living and Developing (W.I.L.D.) program, a residential program for young women who have aged out of foster care, Empowerment Zone, a week long camp for girls ages 12-18 during spring break, and Senior Services, which provides Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals including activities fashioned for seniors.
Allison Booker-Brooks, Executive Director of YWCA of Houston, said the YWCA began their mission of service and education for women in 1907 and have continued with their services and programs over the years.
“This year we’re celebrating 108 years of creating opportunities for women to enhance the quality of life for themselves, their families and the community in which they live. It is the perfect time to bring back OWL. We’re putting the ‘W’ back in the ‘Y’,” said Booker-Brooks.
Additional services offered at the YWCA include providing working moms and students with child care on the campus of Houston Community College and providing camps and workshops for teen girls created to equip them with the skills needed for leadership & service.
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
For more information, visit www.ywcahouston.org.