Due to our current health crisis, the YWCA and the Women of Excellence Steering Committee have determined that holding the annual Women of Excellence Awards luncheon in our traditional manner is not feasible. However, we realize the importance of recognizing the women leaders and businesses in our community, especially now during a time when we all could use being uplifted and encouraged. Additionally, this is a very important fundraiser for our programming at the YWCA.

Therefore, in the alternative, we will be holding the Women of Excellence Awards Program as a televised event through KQ2-KQTV on June 18, 2020, at 11:00am, It will then be re-aired that evening, at 6:00pm. This is a very exciting opportunity for us! Although this event will look different, it will stay true to many elements, including recognizing some wonderful women in our community.

Stay tuned for more details on watch parties, sponsorships, and the announcement of the nominees! We are so grateful for the community support we have received for many, many years. We continue to move onward during this time and we hope you will join us for this special event, June 18!

For questions or additional information, contact the YWCA at 816-232-4481, or email WOE@ywcasj.org.

We are excited to announce that this year’s speaker will be Sara Beth Myers. Sara is from St. Joseph and obtained her undergrad at Duke, her Master’s at Yale, and later went to law school at Vanderbilt. Sara is currently an Assistant United States Attorney and the founder and Chairman of the Board of AWAKE: Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality. Her passion to help others and her drive is sure to inspire us all!


Growing Resilient & Independent Teens Center (GRIT) Open House

Due to the CDC recommendation of social distancing, this event has been postponed. Keep checking our website for updates.


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