Introducing the 2022 Women of Excellence Honorees

Annually, The Chicago Defender’s Women of Excellence Awards celebrates local African American women who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. This year, The Chicago Defender will continue the legacy of honoring women who exemplify extraordinary stature, poise, and grace, while maintaining the delicate balance of filling the roles of helpmate, mother, teacher, and professional. 

 “It has been an honor to continually celebrate the work and contributions made by many of the women within our Chicago community.” Publisher of The Chicago Defender, Dyanna Lewis shares, “The extraordinary individuals who have been nominated and selected to receive this award perpetually hold true to the power of Black Excellence in “Our Chicago. Fifteen years, approximately seven hundred fifty women and counting! Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients.”  

Now in its 15th year, the Chicago Defender will induct a new class of honorees who are champions of economic empowerment and diversity, the backbone of religious and educational organizations, and driving forces in politics and community service into the exclusive society of professional women who have previously received the distinction of Women of Excellence.

In addition to this year’s honorees, the Chicago Defender is proud to present special recognition to the following recipients 

  • Woman of the Year:  Dr. Ngozi Ezike, President & CEO Siani Chicago 
  • Lifetime Achievement:  Michelle Flowers Welch, Chairman & CEO Flowers Communications Group 
  • Vanguard Award: Carolyn Griffin Palmer, Founder & CEO Carolyn’s Kids Foundation 
  • Vanguard Award:  Wynona Redmond, President, Wyn-Win Communications 

The Chicago Defender 2022 Women of Excellence Award and Induction Ceremony takes place, Friday, September 16, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive at 6 p.m. with ComEd as presenting sponsor.  

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