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LeaderLuncheon Reimagined

LeaderLuncheon is the most important day of the year for YWCA Utah, as the event raises critical funds in support of our transformative work in domestic violence, women’s leadership, early childhood education, policy advocacy, and racial justice. Please consider making a donation in support of this event and learn more about how we’ve reimagined the event below.

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A New LeaderLuncheon Experience

This year’s YWCA LeaderLuncheon will be an extraordinary celebration as we honor three women who have risen to the challenges of 2020 by using their expertise, commitment, and compassion to lead the way in these extraordinary times. Read on to learn more about how we’ve reimagined LeaderLuncheon in these extraordinary times. LeaderLuncheon 2020 is a broadcast event on September 26, 2020, at 6:00 PM on KUTV Channel 2.

Join Us in Celebration

The YWCA will be honoring three extraordinary women this year have risen to the challenge of this extraordinary year: Dr. Angela Dunn, Representative Sandra Hollins, and Neylan McBaine. Join us in the celebration by gathering a group of your friends for a watch party or make it a watch party for one!

Watch Party Group kits include a custom “Extraordinary Women” metal tumblers, a recipe for a custom beverage, LeaderLuncheon-branded cookies, Extraordinary Women trivia, and more – all you need to host a memorable LeaderLuncheon Watch Party for your guests. Stay tuned for a sneak preview of the tumbler design!

SPONSORSHIPS WATCH PARTIES donate to leaderluncheon

YWCA Utah Members receive a discount on a Watch Party Package! Keep an eye out for a special email with your promo code or become a member today!

Our Extraordinary Honorees

Dr. Angela Dunn, Utah State Epidemiologist

Dr. Angela Dunn is the State Epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) where she has helped lead the COVID-19 statewide response. When not responding to infectious disease outbreaks, she leads public health-clinical care integration efforts and focuses on projects involving chronic disease and population health. She came to UDOH as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and responded to many outbreaks both in Utah and abroad including, Ebola, hepatitis C, Zika, and measles. Dr. Dunn is boarded in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and completed her residency training at the University of California San Diego. Prior to joining the CDC, Dr. Dunn worked as a primary care and public health physician in San Diego, focusing on women’s health, sexually transmitted diseases, refugee health, and tuberculosis. Dr. Dunn also engaged in health systems research and interventions aimed at improving health care delivery within the military health system and federally-qualified health care clinics.

Representative Sandra Hollins, Utah’s First Black Female Lawmaker 

Sandra Hollins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and she has been a resident of Salt Lake City for the past 29 years. Sandra and her husband David currently reside in Fair Park and have two daughters, Jaynell and Canice.

Sandra is a licensed clinical social worker, and the primary focus of her career has been on substance abuse treatment and advocacy services for Salt Lake City’s homeless population. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah.

Sandra is a member of the graduate chapter of the Greater Salt Lake Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and has served on numerous boards and councils. In addition, Sandra is the past western regional director of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women and past co-chair of the Women and Children committee for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Sandra is the first Black American woman elected to the Utah State Legislature. She is a member of the Utah House of Representatives where she has proudly served District 23 since 2015. In the House of Representatives, she is a member of the Social Services Appropriations, Health and Human Services, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and the Child Welfare oversight panel.

Neylan McBaine, Founder, Better Days 2020 

As CEO of the Better Days 2020 non-profit, which popularizes Utah women’s history through education, legislation, and the arts, Neylan McBaine combines her career in brand marketing with her experience in advocating for women. Neylan’s marketing experience includes in-house positions at Silicon Valley companies as well as advertising agencies, and she brings her understanding of audience and brand to her current work.

Since co-founding Better Days 2020 over two years ago, Neylan has become a leader in speaking and writing about women’s leadership and the U.S. suffrage movement, with a specific focus on Utah and the west’s early role in that movement. She has developed a team of historians, educators, and marketers that have changed the way Utahns view and understand women’s history, leading to shifts in current perceptions of ourselves and Utahns generally. As a TEDx presenter, columnist and writer, Neylan has been called a “change agent” and “uniquely important.” Her third book, PIONEERING THE VOTE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF SUFFRAGISTS IN UTAH AND THE WEST (Shadow Mountain) was just released in August 2020. Neylan is a graduate of Yale University, mother to three daughters, and lives in Salt Lake City.