Volume 01 | February 2021
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is pleased to announce our new monthly newsletter, YWe Lead. Here, you can expect to receive important updates about our education and training opportunities, consultation and coaching programs, ongoing advocacy and our collective, collaborative impact throughout southeast Wisconsin. As we move through 2021, we trust that you will join us virtually to engage with our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. And for updates in between e-news, join us on social media.

Take an insider's look at what’s new at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin this month!
Your monthly news & updates
Organization News
New Year, New Faces

At the start of 2021, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin welcomed five new members to our Board of Directors, appointed a new Board chair and expanded our Racial Justice team.

Pictured above L to R: Lindsey Davis, JD, Jaquilla Ross, MPA, Erin Henry, PhD, Alonzo Walker, MD, Tammi Summers, PhD, Danielle Johnson and Paula Phillips.
Stakeholder Highlight
Continuing to Eliminate Racism

We believe that racial justice work is a priority for all of the community’s stakeholders. At YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, our robust racial justice work includes workshops, trainings, speaker services, and extensive consultations with businesses, educational institutions, civic leaders and sister nonprofit organizations.

During 2020, in addition to our public community-focused programs, Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action©, Conversations on Race, and An Evening to Promote Racial Justice, we were gratified to be of service to and partner with over 30 organizations and agencies.

Among those served in 2020...

Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Haggerty Museum, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Jewish Family Services Milwaukee, Marquette University, MATC Job Up Program, Medical College of Wisconsin, Menomonee Valley Partners, Milwaukee County Office of African American Affairs, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Brewers, MMAC Fuel Milwaukee, Partnership Milwaukee, Professional Dimensions, Rockwell Automation, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, and Woman’s Club of Wisconsin.

And in 2021 (so far)...

City of Milwaukee, MATC Job Up Program – participating businesses, Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, Milwaukee County Office of African American Affairs, NAMI Southeast Wisconsin, Newaukee, Professional Dimensions, United Performing Arts Fund, and Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative.
Special Info & Event News
EMERGING: Personal and Career Development Series

Emerging is a personal and professional development workshop series created in collaboration with YWCA Southeast Wisconsin and Professional Dimensions Charitable Fund, The Ripple Effect project. We successfully kicked off our series in mid-October of 2020 with the first track series entitled Personal Growth & Self Care.

YWCA SEW Learners in the News

From the TMJ4 article: "Ginny Finn, President and CEO of YWCA SEW has seen the effect COVID-19 has had on women in their programs, “Many of the people who don’t have these skills are parents; many are single women heads of household.”

That issue was spotlighted back in March, when YWCA SEW worked to quickly move its high school equivalency diploma program online.

One of those students was Bertha Nance who explained, “A year ago I would turn the computer on and get nervous I would get nervous about what I’m doing.”"

SAVE THE DATE: June 9, 2021
Bertha Nance, YWCA SEW HSED graduate
America's Recovery From the 2020 "Shecession": Building a Female Future of Childcare and Work

"We now know, in no uncertain terms, what women need to achieve economic security: well-paying, stable jobs and comprehensive childcare solutions. The political system had more than 50 years to prepare for the inevitability of the
“shecession.” The time to act is now.

This paper provides practical recommendations for tackling childcare and the female future of work. I hope these recommendations lay the groundwork upon which our legislative leaders will develop and enact a comprehensive policy response. The economic security of American women
rests in their hands." - Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO YWCA USA

Thank you for continuing to support YWCA's mission!
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Have a question about our work or want to request a speaker, please reach out at communication@ywcasew.org.