When the YWCA Madison presents its 47th annual Women of Distinction Leadership Awards on Thursday, May 26, at Garver Feed Mill, the organization will honor six outstanding honorees with Women of Distinction Leadership Awards — including Lucia Nuñez, Brenda Gonzalez, Candace McDowell, Dr. Hazel Symonette, Christy Clark-Pujara, Ph.D., and Andrea Jones — for exemplifying the many ways women lead in the Madison community.
“I am so excited for this historic year in our Women of Distinction history. This is the first time in our 47-year history of the Women of Distinction awards that we are honoring all women of color,” YWCA Madison CEO Vanessa McDowell said in a statement. “As a Black woman leading YWCA Madison, during this time, it feels so right and necessary.”
Women of Distinction Leadership Awards were established to increase community awareness and appreciation of the diverse contributions of women in the workforce and in the community. Full bios of the six honorees can be found here.
YWCA Madison has recognized 244 women since the first Woman of Distinction was bestowed the honor in 1974 for their community services, professional achievement, integrity, leadership, and dedication to the lives of others and to the quality of life for all.
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