On Thursday, May 4, the Chicago Defender honored 50 Women of Excellence who were nominated by their various communities where they work, pray and play. The nominations covered a spectrum of types–women in the private and public sectors representing different industries from municipalities, finance, banking, education, Real Estate, Arts and Culture, Non profit, Healthcare, Law, Marketing, Special Events, Journalism, Sports, Energy and more. The women selected represent excellence both demonstrating performance on the job and in their community.

The 50 honorees chosen are amongst Chicago’s most outstanding women whose lives exemplify the spirit of performing at the top of their game and giving back to the community. They are women who exemplify extraordinary  stature, poise and grace. They are women who stare adversity in the face with hand on their hips and a smile on their face, set the pace and finish the race in first place.