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September 7, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
The Grand America Hotel
555 Main St
Salt Lake City
UT 84111
See ticket and sponsorship opportunities.

YWCA Utah LeaderLuncheon 2018

Online ticket sales for LeaderLuncheon have closed.

Contact Cassie at cbrood@ywcautah.org or 801-537-8612 for inquiries.

LeaderLuncheon is YWCA Utah’s signature annual event. This year, YWCA Utah will honor remarkable women with Outstanding Achievement Awards, and we are pleased to present Piper Kerman as keynote speaker. All proceeds from LeaderLuncheon support YWCA programs and services: creating safety and a hopeful future for vulnerable women and their families; encouraging young children to learn and grow; nurturing women’s leadership in all spheres of life; advocating for racial justice and civil rights; and offering a distinctive public policy voice on behalf of all Utah women and girls.

Individual ticket sales will begin July 1 for YWCA members, August 1 for the general public.

Become a YWCA member and receive $10 off individual tickets.

Table and Event Sponsorship opportunities available starting at $1500.

LeaderLuncheon tables seat ten guests.

She’s Compassionate. She’s Courageous. She’s Committed.

Outstanding Achievement Awards will be given at the YWCA LeaderLuncheon to 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.

The 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

YWCA LeaderLuncheon OAA

Sheryl Allen


Mary Beckerle


Patricia Christensen



Cristina Flores


Yasmen Simonian


Paula Green Johnson


See past Outstanding Achievement Award recipients.

Welcoming Keynote Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman YWCA LeaderLuncheon Keynote

Sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation

Best-selling author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison and social justice advocate.

Her book has been adapted by Jenji Kohan into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix. Piper collaborates with nonprofits, philanthropies, and other organizations working in the public interest. She serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Prison Association and the advisory boards of InsideOUT Writers, Healing Broken Circles and JustLeadershipUSA. In 2014 she was awarded the Justice Trailblazer Award from John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime & Justice and the Constitutional Commentary Award from The Constitution Project; the Equal Justice Initiative recognized Piper as a Champion of Justice in 2015.

YWCA Utah Thanks American Express, O.C. Tanner, and Zions Banks for Joining Us as LeaderLuncheon Underwriters

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Contact Cassie at cbrood@ywcautah.org with questions.