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. They are women who exemplify extraordinary stature, poise and grace. These women do it all while maintaining the delicate balance of filling the roles of helpmate, mother, teacher and professional. Each event attracts nearly 1,000 accomplished tastemakers, influencers, executives, heroines, and decision-makers.

In 2023 the 16th year, we will induct a new class of honorees who are champions of economic empowerment and diversity, 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.

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