Embracing the Power of Transformation
A Letter from Our CEO


It’s finally Spring, and do we need it more than ever. Spring is a reminder of how beautiful change can be if you just preserve long enough to see the transformations—lawns change from brown to green, trees that were once bare now bear fruit, and the days even emerge from darkness to light. Amid the ugliness and darkness of this pandemic and the ongoing racial and civil unrest, we should allow nature’s power of transformation to guide and ground us in the potential beauty that change will bring forth for our communities and country once we emerge anew. Let’s use this time first to renew ourselves, then take charge of how we wish to progress forward for the second half of the year. 

May is also a time when we commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month—a celebration of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and their contributions to positive change and justice for all. From the laying of the transcontinental railroad to standing shoulder to shoulder during both the civil rights and women’s movements, to being on the frontlines as health care providers and first responders caring for our loved ones, the contributions of AAPI individuals have enriched and changed our lives in unmeasurable ways. Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month is especially significant this year with the rise in anti-Asian hate throughout the country. We will continue to honor and reflect on the leadership, resilience, and courage shown by the AAPI community as we move forward in solidarity in our shared fight for equity and justice for all. 

AND, you didn’t think I’d let you go without putting in a plug for The Working Lunch, did you? If you have not bought your tables or raffle tickets yet, TODAY IS THE DAY. This is a significant fundraiser for us, and we need ALL of your support. I look forward to seeing you there! 
Cherita Ellens
President and CEO
The Working Lunch - Virtual Edition
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Program: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. CT
Breakout Rooms: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT
Don’t miss out on one of Chicagoland’s premier spring events—now available to supporters nationwide—featuring a fantastic line-up of speakers and honorees, all committed to advancing equity and systemic change!
Support a great cause and win big! From plane tickets to wine tasting to a 12-month book subscription, this year’s luncheon raffle will have something for you! 
Mother’s Day Has Passed, But the Wage Gap for Mom’s Hasn’t 
May 5th marked how far into 2021 moms must work to earn what dads made in 2020. The “average” mother earns 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers, but we know that due to compounding factors of sexism and racism, the wage gap has a disproportionate impact on moms of color. 
For every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic fathers, Latina mothers are paid $0.46, Native American mothers are paid $0.50, Black mothers are paid $0.52, White, non-Hispanic mothers are paid $0.71, and AAPI mothers are paid $0.90 (Source: NWLC). 
As part of #MomsEqualPay Day, WE’s Senior Director of External Affairs and full-time working mom, Mary Kay Devine, wrote about the importance of women’s earnings for all families and communities to thrive 
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