Q&A with Wendy DuBoe: Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, we sat down with Wendy DuBoe, Interim CEO, and asked her some questions on what women can do to inspire change in Chicagoland. Q: Who are the top 3 women you admire? A: Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israeli, Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady and Minerva Mirabal, a citizen of the Dominican Republic who fervently opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. They were wise, fearless and through adversity remained caring people. Q: What is one of the prouder moments you have had as a woman in the non-profit world? A: One of the proudest moments I have had in philanthropy is watching our United Way team work together and achieve significant impact milestones for LIVE UNITED 2020, our 10-year vision to transform communities of greatest need by providing them with the income, education and health resources they need to thrive. Q: Why do you feel women are a force to be reckoned with? A: Anyone who puts their mind to it is a force to be reckoned with. With 51% of the population being female we have an obligation to create lasting change by lending our time, talent and resources to the causes we care about. Q: What can women of all ages do to get involved in their community and/or LIVE UNITED 2020? A: Right now public defunding in health and human services by the State of Illinois requires all of us to mobilize and get involved with communities of greatest need. The United Way Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), a national network 50,000 strong, is great vehicle for women to get involved in the work of United Way. As part of LIVE UNITED 2020, the WLC in Chicago is championing the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School (YWLCS) — the only all- girls public school in Chicago. As part of this two- year partnership, WLC leads a dedicated effort to leverage funding and volunteer resources to support the YWLCS middle school academic intervention program. This support will ensure the girls of YWLCS are on track to graduate from high school and go on to become our next generation of female leaders. There are so many good local organizations like United Way that provide opportunities for women to lead the way, pick one and get involved. You will never regret it!

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