July 29, 2020 / Leave a Comment
The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year spurred a national movement toward racial justice different than any in recent years. Months later, many of us are asking ourselves: “What now?” How can we continue to invest in racial justice, help to spur the much needed change in our society, and ensure those actions are catalytic rather than performative in nature? The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s CEO Dorri McWhorter joins us to talk about their new initiative to move the needle on anti-racism – The Racial Justice League. With their campaign “Until Justice Just Is,” and the resources they provide, the organization gives us all action steps to move forward.
Our Guest Today:
Dorri C. McWhorter, CPAChief Executive OfficerYWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women. Dorri has also led the YWCA’s expansion of digital services with the launch of YShop.org (e-commerce platform), womenshealthexchange.org (health insurance and information) and the MPWR mobile app (community engagement). Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago,by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation and recognized by Good City Chicago receiving its Innovative Leader Award.
A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader throughout her career. McWhorter is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri is also active in the accounting profession having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)and a Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society. McWhorter also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including The Metropolitan Club,Chicago Finance Exchange, and Chicago Child Care Society. McWhorter is also a member of the Executive Council of Ms. Tech advancing women businesses in technology and a board member of the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology. As an engaged community leader, McWhorter served as a member of Mayor Emanuel’s second term transition team.She is also a board member for the State of Illinois Charitable Trust. McWhorter received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Find Dorri Online
The list below details any key topics, issues, articles, notes mentioned in today’s show.
- Learn more about the Racial Justice League at UntilJusticeJustIs.org
- Access the Racial Justice League’s Anti-Racism Discussion Guide
- Learn more about the YWCA’s Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) with Impact Shares, WOMN