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1,000 Community Members Will Convene to Raise Funds for Greater Social and Economic Change

By YWCA Minneapolis
April 19, 2019
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 On May 8, more than 1,000 community and business leaders in the Twin Cities will gather at YWCA Minneapolis’ 23rd annual Circle of Women luncheon to pool their economic power and raise money for initiatives that eliminate racism and empower women and girls in Minneapolis. YWCA works toward this mission through programs focused on Racial Justice and Public Policy, Early Childhood Education, Girls and Youth, and Health and Wellness. Last year, this event raised more than half a million dollars.

Woman of Power Award

This year, YWCA Minneapolis is presenting the second annual Woman of Power Award, to honor a woman who has shown exceptional leadership. The 2019 recipient is Sharon Sayles Belton, the first African American and first woman to be elected mayor of the city of Minneapolis. Sharon is recognized in our community as an influential activist, politician and leader through her career and community work.

During the program, guests will hear the powerful stories behind YWCA’s mission and have the opportunity to join with thousands of philanthropists to propel greater social and economic change. View photos from last year’s event.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.    Purse silent auction and networking

11:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.      Lunch and Program (featuring speakers listed below)


Minneapolis Convention Center – Ballroom A

1301 Second Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Catch professional Twin Cities women arriving to network and bid in the silent auction. Featured speakers at the luncheon will be available to provide testimony to the impact of this event, the Woman of Power Award and the power of the YWCA Minneapolis donor community.

Sharon Sayles Belton, 2019 Woman of Power Award Recipient, can speak to the significance of receiving this award.

Kari Clark, Chief Development Officer at YWCA Minneapolis, can speak to the planning of this event and the impact it has in our community.


YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women and girls. For more than 125 years, we have worked to create opportunities to overcome social injustice, particularly in matters of gender and race. Last year, YWCA Minneapolis served more than 30,000 people in our community through our high-quality programs. To learn more, visit


Cori Mattli, YWCA Minneapolis

Office: (612) 215-4107 Cell: (612) 460-1125