YWCA’s 2015 Women of Achievement Event Features Racial, Gender Activist Naomi Tutu

Naomi Tutu is the Keynote Speaker at the YWCA of Olympia's Women of Achievement event.


Submitted by YWCA of Olympia

Naomi Tutu is the Keynote Speaker at the YWCA of Olympia's Women of Achievement event.
Naomi Tutu is the keynote speaker at the YWCA of Olympia’s Women of Achievement celebration on November 5 at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

They have changed policy. They have increased access to education for communities of color.  They have stood in the face of adversity. They have empowered women. They are 2015 Women & Businesses of Achievement.  The YWCA of Olympia is pleased to announce their 2015 Women & Business of Achievement: Khurshida Begum, Barbara Clarkson, Kristin Jacobsen, Marsha Tadano Long, Kimberly Perry and TOGETHER!

The 21st Annual Women of Achievement Gala, Presented by Titus Will, will take place on Thursday, November 5 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and the agency is presenting an entirely NEW format for the event featuring Race & Gender Justice Activist, Nontombi Naomi Tutu.

Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She was born in South Africa and had the opportunity to live in many communities and countries. She was educated in Swaziland, the US, and England, and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the US. Growing up the “daughter of…” has offered Naomi Tutu many opportunities and challenges in her life. Most important of these has been the challenge to follow her own path and role in building a better world. She has taken up the challenge and channeled the opportunities she has been given to raise her voice as a champion for the dignity of all.  Ms. Tutu is a perfect speaker to showcase the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racial and gender inequity and advance the economic and social status of all women & girls.

Purchase “Main Event” general admission ticket ($25 General, $20 Student/Seniors & $10 Youth [14 + under]) for entry to the large theater for the WOA & BOA Awards & Keynote presentation by Naomi Tutu. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Washington Center lobby and  will feature a social hour which includes a small silent auction, a raffle, a YWCA merchandise table, opportunities for guests to make a mission donation, a YWCA information table and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) will be selling beer, wine & non-alcoholic beverages.

You may also purchase Soiree ticket ($100) which include a general admission ticket to the “main event” (WOA awards & the keynote address) plus entry to the after-party Grand Soirée at 7:30 in the Black Box Theater.  The Grand Soirée is a very special and intimate after-celebration party with the 2015 Honorees, their guests and Ms. Tutu. The YWCA is selling a very limited number of tickets for this special, elegant & fun after-awards reception featuring delicious appetizers, wine & beer, social time and great music provided by the Lizzy & Tarik Duo.

Tickets can be purchased at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA) Box Office, online at www.olytix.org or by calling 360-753-858.

Once again Titus-Will has stepped up as the Women of Achievement Presenting Sponsor with WSECU as the Sustaining Sponsor and Lucky Eagle serving as Supporting Sponsor.  For more information about the Women of Achievement Celebration, contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Community Engagement Director at 352-0593 or crsperr@ywcaofolympia.org.


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