The Chicago Defender annually recognizes high achieving women of color for their contributions to the quality of life in and beyond the city limits of Chicago. From doctors to senators and artists to lieutenant governors – they encourage and inspire. Color them bosses … they insist on living their best lives and supporting others in their efforts to do the same.
These exceptional honorees make their mark daily and are tangible success stories, accomplished and unparalleled in business, civic involvement, and philanthropy. The Honorable Toi W. Hutchinson a political powerbroker admired for her ethics joins WOE honorees this year, as well as Patrice A. Harris, the first woman African American president of the American Medical Association.
The scope covered by the 50 women in the Class of 2019 ranges from educational development in Southland to increasing diversity in C-Suites, these bosses are moving the needle in community and cultural development.
“Each year in character, in manner, and in style; the Chicago Defender celebrates phenomenal women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, unwavering conviction, and extraordinary grace,” said Hiram E. Jackson, president and CEO of Real Times Media and publisher of the Chicago Defender. “In grand fashion, we continued that tradition of honoring these inspirational women at our Women of Excellence event on Friday, Nov. 15.”
The 2019 Class of Chicago Women of Excellence joined an elite group of uncompromising influencers and inspirational women at the Chicago Women of Excellence event on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Regency Ballroom.