The virtual chartering ceremony and 58th chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Chicago Metropolitan Chapter were held on September 20, 2020, with the induction of 145 professional women. Drema Lee Woldman was elected as the Chartering President.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was launched on October 24, 1981, with chapters in several states, including the District of Columbia with Jewell Jackson McCabe as the first national president. The organization’s mission is to advocate for women and girls of color, gender equality, leadership development, economic and education empowerment. Virginia W. Harris is the current National President.
The Chicago Metropolitan Chapter started in November 2019 with 35+ dedicated women and grew into 145. The membership was delayed due to the pandemic, but the chapter continued to work tirelessly for ten months to keep the membership engaged.
The chapter has partnerships with Chicago State University and the City of Chicago Procurement. Other partnerships in the future are Morgan Stanley, Women Employed, Wintrust, Chicago Park District, Illinois Secretary of State, and AARP.
“We will lead with purpose, igniting great work to excellent work and our quest to advocate for black women and girls. We will implement programs in the areas of health, education, and economics,” said Woldman during the virtual chartering ceremony.
The Chicago Metropolitan Chapter’s website and Facebook page will be launched soon.
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