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LeaderLuncheon Outstanding Achievement Awards

YWCA Utah LeaderLuncheon 2017

The 29th Annual YWCA LeaderLuncheon will be Friday, September 29, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Grand America Hotel (555 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111).

Event and table sponsorships are now available.

Individual tickets sales will open to YWCA Utah members on July 1 and to the public on August 1.

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Soledad O'Brien YWCA Utah LeaderLuncheon Keynote Speaker 2017Welcoming Keynote Speaker

Soledad O'Brien

Award Winning Journalist, Documentarian, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Soledad O'Brien has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people and events of our day. A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, “Black in America” and “Latino in America.” She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America, and HBO. She is currently the anchor for "Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien", a weekly show on Hearst Television. She is also chairwoman of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production company and distributor that she founded in 2013.

In 2010, she wrote a critically-acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities, which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. Together, Soledad and her husband, Brad Raymond, started PowHERful Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps bridge the gap of opportunities for young minority women from low-income families to attend college with financial assistance, mentoring and holistic support. Soledad is a graduate of Harvard University and currently lives with her husband Brad and their four children in Manhattan. O’Brien received the Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award from YWCA USA in 2014.

Keynote Speaker Sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation


She's Compassionate. She's Courageous. She's Committed.

Outstanding Achievement Awards will be given at the YWCA LeaderLuncheon to up to five remarkable women who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the well-being of Utah women and girls, and whose work and achievements exemplify the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Nominate an accomplished, inspiring woman in your life for a YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award.

Nominations will be accepted through June 23.

View past Outstanding Achievement Award Winners.


All proceeds from LeaderLuncheon benefit the YWCA’s work to advance the well-being of Utah women and their families through safety, opportunity, and advocacy.


Contact Nora at 801-537-8612 or nscholle@ywcautah.org with questions.