The YWCA was privileged to have Elizabeth Moulton as Honorary Chair of this year’s event. A leader in the sports industry, Liz has a decade of executive search, leadership consulting and organizational assessment experience. She also regularly partners with companies in sectors underrepresented by women, including sports, media and technology, to recruit a new generation of diverse leadership, guide succession planning, and drive executive team effectiveness. Liz began the luncheon reflecting on personal experiences and stories to emphasize her commitment to inclusion and diversity.
Each year the YWCA honors a Community Champion who exemplifies our mission of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all in the context of the annual focus of the luncheon. This year our Champion is Katie Bouton, the founder of Koya Consulting, an executive search firm committed to promoting diversity in the workplace. Founded in Newburyport, Koya has grown to include offices throughout the country.
Our Key Note Speaker, Maureen Alphonse Charles, is the Managing Director of Koya Consulting, and a pioneer in diversity, equity and inclusion work. She has over 20 years of executive recruiting experience having led complex executive search, consulting, finance and operations efforts for a variety of institutions. Her passion, humor and wealth of information created a unique opportunity for all of us to explore the critical topic of creating diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations. Not only did she present a clear social justice imperative for change but also the data* that supports the case that those organizations who create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce have significantly better economic outcomes and a stronger base for successful future growth. Maureen summed up her presentation with this video from Accenture .
*Maureen’s presentation was based on a recent study prepared by McKinsey & Company entitled “Delivering through Diversity”. McKinsey & Company granted the YWCA Greater Newburyport the rights to distribute a copy of the report to all in attendance.
Thank you to all of you who attended the luncheon in support of the mission and work of the YWCA.
A special thank you to this year’s sponsors, benefactors, table hosts, patrons, supporters and donors. Please patronize these local businesses who are so generous to the YWCA.