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Chicago YMCA CEO to deliver Scott and Fender Lecture

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Dorri C. McWhorter, the president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, will deliver this year's Bert L. Scott and Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture on Jan. 27 on the topic of "Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace—and Everywhere." All are welcome to attend this online event. RSVPs are required.

McWhorter's address will provide tools to build bridges across the sometimes polarized worlds of education and business. The objective is to kick-start a conversation about establishing equity and honoring diversity everywhere. The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be presented on Zoom.

Dorri McWhorter
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McWhorter is the first Black person and first woman to lead the Chicago YMCA. She joined the organization last August after serving eight years as the chief executive of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, where, under her leadership, it tripled its operating budget and opened 10 new locations. In 2019, she was inducted into the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame.​

Before joining the nonprofit world, McWhorter was a partner at the accounting firm Crowe Horwath LLP and held senior positions with Snap-on Inc. and Booz Allen Hamilton. She holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College.

Dorri McWhorter on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace—and Everywhere​
Thursday, Jan. 27
5:30 p.m.

McWhorter's lecture is sponsored by DePaul's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and the Center to Advance Education for Adults.

Scott Butterworth is an editor for Newsline.