YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Names Dorri McWhorter Chief Executive Officer
CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013
CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- YWCA Metropolitan Chicago's (YWCA) Board
of Directors announced today the appointment of Dorri McWhorter to chief
executive officer. McWhorter, a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, will assume the
role of CEO effective March 1, 2013.
The YWCA is the oldest women-focused social service agency in Chicago and
provides mission critical support programs to more than 173,000 women and
children in the greater Chicagoland area. Leveraging her depth of experience
in accounting, finance, business consulting, fundraising and philanthropy,
McWhorter will infuse new leadership into the YWCA as it seeks to execute upon
its strategic growth plan and deliver first-in-class services in four program
areas – economic empowerment, sexual violence and support, early childhood and
A proven leader with deep operational and financial expertise, McWhorter
brings nearly 20 years of experience to the position. Most recently, McWhorter
was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the
U.S., where she spent nine years and was a key leader in the Risk Consulting
business unit. There, she oversaw corporate governance, enterprise risk
management and internal audit consulting for a variety of for-profit and
not-for-profit clients. Additionally, McWhorter has held senior positions with
Snap-on Incorporated and Booz-Allen & Hamilton.
"The Board of Directors is very pleased to have identified such a capable and
business-minded executive to lead the organization at this critical point in
its history," said Gwendolyn Butler, YWCA board president and president of
Capri Capital Partners, LLC. "With Dorri's strong business acumen and
undeniable passion for the organization's mission, we have every confidence in
her ability to successfully lead the YWCA and achieve long-term growth and
McWhorter has been an active member of the YWCA's Board of Directors since
2005. During her tenure, she served as Vice President of the Board of
Directors, Chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and
Founding Chair of the Audit Committee. She brings deep, established
relationships with the YWCA's core stakeholder groups, including donors,
employees, board members and others.
In her position as CEO, she is charged with leading the strategic
implementation of the YWCA's long-term plan – one she had an active role in
shaping while a member of the Board of Directors. Core elements of the plan
include improving and expanding the organization's support of the economic
empowerment of women, contributing to the creation of racial equity for women
and girls, further strengthening the organization's financial position and
implementing revenue generation, cost reduction and operational improvement
"I am honored to serve the YWCA as its new CEO and look forward to leveraging
my depth of business, civic and philanthropic experience to grow the
organization and help Chicago's women," said McWhorter. "Having worked with a
variety of different for-profit and not-for-profit business models, I intend
to combine social and economic value-creation principles to make the YWCA a
global leader in women's wellness and empowerment."
McWhorter's appointment comes following a thoughtful and methodical, board-led
search process, which included retaining executive search firm Spencer Stuart
to identify a new CEO. During the five-month search, the YWCA considered both
internal and external candidates for the position. Effective with McWhorter's
appointment, Pamela Bozeman-Evans, who served as interim-CEO during the search
process, will resume her role as Chief of Strategic Initiatives.
A socially-conscious business leader throughout her career, McWhorter has been
inspired by social service and is an active member of Chicago's civic,
business and philanthropic communities. She currently holds board and
membership positions with local organizations including the Chicago Finance
Exchange, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executive's Club of Chicago,
Institute of Internal Auditors, National Association of Black Accountants, the
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Child Care Society, Conscious
Business Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois and the Museum of Science
& Industry, among others.
She has been widely recognized for her civic, philanthropic and professional
leadership and has won numerous awards and accolades, including Athena
International's Young Professional Leadership Award (2010), Chicago Business
Leader of Color (2009 honoree), Diversity MBA Magazine's Top 100 Under 50
Executive Leaders (2009 recipient) and the Illinois CPA Society's Outstanding
Leadership in Advancing Diversity Award (2010), among others.
McWhorter received her Bachelor's in Business Administration from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master's in Business Administration
from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
About YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Originally founded in 1876,YWCA Metropolitan Chicago has a longstanding
legacy of empowering all women and promoting racial equity. As the oldest
women-focused social service agency in Chicago, the YWCA provides mission
critical support programs for more than 173,000 women and children of all
ages, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic status across the Chicagoland area.
The organization administers its programs viaseven locations throughout the
City of Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County and Kane County. For more
information, visit the YWCA's website or follow us on Twitter @YWCAChicago.
Contacts: Courtney Harper
Reputation Partners (for YWCA)
Reputation Partners (for YWCA)
SOURCE YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago
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