Portland, April 12th, 2016. With the help of generous supporters the YWCA of Greater Portland exceeded its goal of raising $250,000 at this year’s annual Inspire Luncheon. Event Emcee Tracy Curtis, Keynote Speaker Michele Coleman Mayes and YWCA of Greater Portland Executive Director Susan Stoltenberg thanked the crowd. The support of the event attendees helped ensure that the YWCA of Greater Portland can continue its work towards eliminating racism and empowering women.  (photo credit, Jim Garrison from PDX Event Photography)

YWCA of Greater Portland Board of Directors

YWCA of Greater Portland Board of Directors

Arleda Martinez, Jessica Katz, Michele Coleman Mayes, Susan Stoltenberg and Nova Sweet.

Arleda Martinez, Jessica Katz, Michele Coleman Mayes, Susan Stoltenberg and Nova Sweet.

Sarah Lax, Tanya Harding, Nova Sweet and Jessica Katz.

Sarah Lax, Tanya Harding, Nova Sweet and Jessica Katz.

Event Emcee Tracy Curtis, Keynote Speaker Michele Coleman Mayes and YWCA of Greater Portland Executive Director Susan Stoltenberg.

Event Emcee Tracy Curtis, Keynote Speaker Michele Coleman Mayes and YWCA of Greater Portland Executive Director Susan Stoltenberg.

 

Keynote speaker Michele Coleman Mayes, General Counsel of the New York Public Library, shared her informative message that transformed what we know about implicit bias, and challenged us to examine the lens through which we perceive the world.

Guests were inspired by Nova Sweet’s genuine testimony as a participant of the Family Preservation Project. As a program graduate she is using her own experience to speak up for legislative change and social justice to help more mothers and their children.

From YMCA of Greater Portland.

Our heartfelt thanks to our presenting sponsor Fred Meyer for their outstanding leadership and their long-standing commitment to the mission and success of the YWCA of Greater Portland.

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