It was an Annual Meeting unlike any other. A worldwide pandemic lingered and snow blanketed the South, but YWCA Central Alabama Board of Directors pressed on with its Feb. 16 Annual Meeting to welcome a new president and celebrate another.
The meeting was called to order by 2021 Board President Andrea McCaskey, who has given 15-plus years of service to the YW board. McCaskey, Momentum’s Director of Programs, began her role on Jan. 1.
Register for YWCA Central Alabama's second YWe Talk Orange Chair Series event. This FREE 12-1 p.m. (CST) virtual discussion is set for Feb. 19, 2021, on Zoom. Registration is required. A special thank you to PNC Bank for sponsoring this Black History Month spotlight on what Economic Empowerment for All means. Gain strategies and tips for homeownership, saving, and financial freedom! The YWe Talk Orange Chair Series provides a platform for addressing important issues women face.
Calling all high school students! Get ready for Project Life Hack: Interpersonal Relationships, a virtual discussion on hosted by the YWCA Central Alabama Family Resource Center. Let’s dive into the relationship spectrum, setting and maintaining boundaries, self-care, and more! This FREE event will be Feb. 9 and 16 from 6-7 p.m. (CST). Registration is required. Learn more: FRC@ywcabham.org or 205.949.5550. See you there!
Dr. LaRhonda Magras, YWCA of Central Alabama CEO, was named a finalist for the Birmingham Business Journal's 2020 Top Nonprofit CEOs. Over 100 people attended the virtual award ceremony on Dec. 3, 2020. Magras was among 35 finalists recognized in categories ranging from large, medium, small-size companies to nonprofits in Birmingham. They were chosen for outstanding leadership in 2020. Magras was one of five finalists in the nonprofit category. 2020 YWCA Board President Maggie Brooke said Magras "has led the YW with grit and grace during this tumultuous time."
During its November 2020 regularly scheduled meeting, YWCA Central Alabama Board of Directors elected a slate of new officers and announced its roster of 2021 Board members. The Board is led by newly elected Board President Andrea McCaskey of Momentum. CEO Dr. LaRhonda Magras pointed to YWCA Central Alabama’s mission to empower women and said "this outstanding group of women leaders put the power in empower. They are architects and titans in their respective industries. I am excited to be embarking on a new journey in 2021 with this amazing group of leaders.”
YWCA Central Alabama presented YWe Fit: The Better Health Care for Women Resolution, a virtual discussion about the current state of health care on Jan. 7. Watch the presentation that featured Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, UAB Director of Cardiovascular Outcomes & Effectiveness Research Outcomes, and Dr. Kierstin Kennedy, Clinical Associate Professor Chief, UAB Hospital Medicine. They were joined the YW's Dr. Idrissa Snider, Director of Social Justice, and Knetta Adkins, Coordinator of Community Education and Advocacy.
They were joined the YW's Dr. Idrissa Snider, Director of Social Justice, and Knetta Adkins, Coordinator of Community Education and Advocacy.
Kudos to the YW's Knetta Adkins and Alexandria Means! Both have been selected from more than 100 applicants to participate in the Birmingham Women's Initiative.
The group consists of "people right here in our community who are poised to act to ensure the rights of women exist in a most excellent way." They received a letter from Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and participated in the Women’s Initiative Kick-off/Orientation on Dec. 10.
YWCA Central Alabama's Family Resource Center is now hosting GED preparatory classes. The GED test offers those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn high school credentials. If an individual’s GED test scores are satisfactory, an official High School Equivalency Diploma will be awarded by the state of Alabama.